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Bilingual Students (Grades 8-12) Can Earn Language Credit, Recognition

Does your student speak a language other than English at home or have advanced world language skills?

Students in grades 8-12 have an opportunity to receive up to 4 high school credits for a language they may already know. The credits awarded through the World Language Competency Credit Program meet high school world language requirements and can be used towards graduation. The number of credits granted are based on the student’s proficiency level as measured by nationally recognized language proficiency assessments. Over the last two years, SVSD has awarded 114 credits to 32 students in 15 languages! For more details, including impacts on high school course planning and transcripts, visit our World Language Competency Credit Program webpage.

 

Washington State Seal of Biliteracy

Students who earn 4 credits through testing are also awarded the Seal of Biliteracy at graduation. The Seal of Biliteracy is a special notation that appears on a graduating senior’s high school transcript and diploma as a statement of accomplishment. It can also be earned by scoring a 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement (AP) language exam. Learn more about the Seal of Biliteracy here.

 

To participate, sign up now for free language competency testing. 

SVSD will provide free language competency testing at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 2, in the Mount Si High School Library.

  • Click here to register. Registration closes January 5, 2022. January 11, 11:59 p.m.
  • 8th grade students will start their day, Feb. 2, at the high school. Students can ride their neighborhood bus to Mount Si High School. The district will shuttle 8th graders back to their middle school when testing concludes.
  • Testing fees for a student’s first test will be covered by the SVSD.

For Additional Information

  • Attend our Student Information Meeting: Wednesday, December 8, during both lunches in MSHS Career Center
  • Read our flyer: English, Spanish, Russian, Urdu
  • Visit the World Language Competency Testing Resources webpage for:
    • Assessment used for each language
    • Practice tests
    • Credits awarded for each proficiency level
    • Test scoring criteria (rubric)
  • Speak with your counselor

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021