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World Language Proficiency: Earn Credit and Recognition for Second Language Proficiency


Does your student speak a language other than English at home, or have advanced world language skills?  The Snoqualmie Valley School District (SVSD) is excited to offer students an opportunity to receive World Language Competency-based Credits and/or the Washington State Seal of Biliteracy, if they can demonstrate proficiency in a world language. 


The Washington State Seal of Biliteracy is an award given to high school graduates who have demonstrated a high  level of world language proficiency as well as achievement in English Language Arts. The Seal of Biliteracy can be earned through high scores on Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate testing in a World Language, or through another competency-based test for world languages, as well as a score of “3” or higher on the English Language Arts Smarter Balanced Assessment.


The Seal of Biliteracy is a special notation that appears on the transcript and diploma of the graduating senior.  It is a statement of accomplishment that signals evidence of a student's readiness for career and college and to engage as a global citizen. For more details, click here.


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The SVSD World Language Competency-based Credit process allows students to earn high school credit for a language they already know. The goal of Competency-based Crediting (CbC) is to allow high school students who speak, read, and write a language other than English to earn world language credits by demonstrating proficiency on nationally-recognized proficiency assessment. For a list of languages and corresponding assessments, go to Language & Assessment List.


SVSD students will have a maximum of two opportunities to take the World Language Competency assessment during their K-12 journey through Snoqualmie Valley schools. Students may first take a World Language proficiency assessment in grade 8. The district will cover the testing fee for the first assessment.  Students will pay for a second testing attempt. Financial assistance is available for Heritage speakers or students who qualify for free/reduced priced meals.


Registration for the upcoming World Language assessment is closed.


How can I learn more?

Please visit the Snoqualmie Valley School District’s Seal of Biliteracy & World Language Credit Program webpage for more details, including a brochure and OSPI resources to help determine if the assessment is right for your student.


If you have additional questions, please contact your school counselor.