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Students earn world language credits through proficiency assessment

Students who speak, understand, read and write in a language other than English can earn world language credits in high school by demonstrating language proficiency. This year, 26 Lake Stevens School District students earned a total of 84 world language credits through the World Language Competency assessment. Since the program began in Lake Stevens School District, 44 students have earned 135 credits and 22 have qualified for a Seal of Biliteracy on their high school diplomas based on their assessment score.

Students have tested in Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Ukrainian, Tagalog, Italian, German, Mandarin Chinese, Nepali and Mandinka.

“This assessment is a fantastic opportunity for our multilingual students to earn world language credits,” said Dr. John Gebert, Executive Director of Secondary Teaching and Learning. “It also allows us to highlight our students’ diverse languages and cultures. I’m extremely proud of all of the students who have taken this assessment.”

The World Language Competency assessment measures what a student can do with the language—not what they know about the language. The assessment contains listening, reading, speaking, and writing components. Students who are interested in the exam should work with their guidance counselors.

More information about the assessments can be found on the OSPI website.