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Students Earn Credits for Advanced World Language Skills & Qualify for Seal of Biliteracy Honor

 

Sixteen Snoqualmie Valley students in grades 8, 9 and 10 recently participated in World Language Competency testing by taking either the nationally-recognized AVANT, ALIRA or Alta standardized proficiency assessments in February. These students earned between two and four high school credits based on their knowledge of a language other than English, and some are now on a path to earn a Seal of Biliteracy honor by graduation.

 

In Washington State, students who speak, read and write in a language other than English can earn world language high school credits by demonstrating proficiency in the language through successful participation in proficiency testing. Students in grades 8-12 can register for this assessment in the Snoqualmie Valley School District, which is given once per year. The assessment is extremely rigorous and requires a student to have an exceptional level of knowledge in the language in order to be successful.

 

We would like to congratulate the following students for their exceptional achievement in World Language proficiency:

  • From Mount Si High School, there were five students: Vennela Kadavakollu, Victoria Massey, Preesha Mazumdar, Luc Talens and Pranav Vaddi.
  • From Snoqualmie Middle School, their one participant was Richard Cai.
  • From Twin Falls Middle School, two students participated: Perla Olivares-Montano and Scott Rigby.
  • And, Chief Kanim Middle School had nine students participate: Jaeyeon Choi, Anna Conant, Deanna Georgieva, Violeta Gonzalez Gergic, Taehui Kim, Nikolai Kinzel, Erya Shi, Daniela Tejada and Bhargav Vaddi.

These SVSD students took exams in the following languages: Chinese, Dutch, German, Hindi, Korean, Latin, Russian, Spanish and Teluga.

 

Additionally, students with very high levels of proficiency in a language may also earn the “Seal of Biliteracy.” In order to earn this recognition, students must earn a score of “3” or higher (intermediate to mid-level) on a World Language proficiency exam, meet all high school graduation requirements, and also demonstrate proficiency in English by achieving a 3 or 4 on the Smarter Balanced English Language Arts assessment.

 

Seal of Biliteracy logo

 

Anna Conant, Deanna Georgieva, Violeta Gonzalez Gergic, Taehui Kim, Preesha Mazumdar, Perla Olivares-Montano, Scott Rigby, Erya Shi, and Daniela Tejada are all candidates for the Seal of Biliteracy. As these students are all in grades 8 or 9, they still have some remaining graduation requirements to finish in order to be eligible. They will need to complete English Language Arts coursework graduation requirements and meet standard on the Smarter Balanced Assessment in English Language Arts to qualify.

 

Students:  If you speak a language other than English at home, we encourage you to start practicing for next year’s assessment!  To learn more about World Language competency testing, click here.

 

A Big Thanks!  To make this opportunity possible, our school district would like to express our deepest appreciation for the support we received from the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation.  The Foundation covered the cost of all World Language Competency student assessments, making this a free opportunity for SVSD students. In most school districts, students must cover the cost of this assessment themselves. We are certain this contributed to our high participation rate and our students’ success.  Thank you!