This site provides information about earning Competency-Based Credits in World Languages in Seattle Public Schools. Much of the information may also be helpful to students, families, and educators in other school districts.
Upcoming Testing Dates
The following dates are currently scheduled in Seattle.
Students must register at:
To learn more about the test options for different languages, visit:
View the Road Map World Language Credit Video.
- Any 8th grade or high school student can register for any language for any of the dates.
- During 2014-2015, Seattle Public Schools will sponsor any 11th-12th grade students for any of the tests they need to take for their language. The district will also sponsor 8th graders who have been part of the Spanish or Japanese Dual Immersion programs at Denny International Middle School or Hamilton International Middle School.
- Other students will need to pay WAFLT for the testing. They can bring the payment (cash or check) to the testing site. If students want to be tested in a language that uses the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), which costs $145, they must pay for OPI before it can be scheduled. (However, they can pay for it at the time that they take their writing test.)
Background of World Languages Competency-Based Credits
In July 2010, the Washington State Board of Education (SBE) endorsed the dissemination of a Model Policy and Model Procedure for districts to offer competency-based credits for world languages (i.e. based on a student's demonstrated proficiency in a language). The model policy and procedure were developed in partnership with the Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA) and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). The OSPI World Languages Program is now working with districts across the state to adopt and implement the policy and procedure to support students in earning competency-based credits in world languages. For more information,
The Seattle School Board adopted its Competency-Based Credits policy and procedure in March 2011. During 2011, Seattle Public Schools has been partnering with the OSPI World Languages program and Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT) to support students in Seattle Public Schools, especially students who are served by Seattle’s English Language Learners (ELL) and International Education Programs, to earn competency-based credits for languages that they may have learned outside the school setting.