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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.

Supported by Seattle Public Schools' English Language Learners and International Programs.


Upcoming Testing Dates
The following dates are currently scheduled in Seattle. 
  • Saturday Feb 8, 2014 10 am - 2 pm at Seattle World School for STAMP, OPIc, WPT, Proctored Writing Test, Proctored Oral Language Test (you may pay on site) 

  • Saturday Mar 22, 2014 10 am - 2 pm at Seattle World School for STAMP, OPIc, WPT, Proctored Writing Test, Proctored Oral Language Test (you may pay on site)

  • Saturday Apr 5, 2013 10 am - 2 pm at Seattle World School for STAMP, OPIc, WPT, Proctored Writing Test, Proctored Oral Language Test (you may pay on site)

Students must register at:
http://tinyurl.com/Register-WA-WL-Assessment-Day

To learn more about the test options for different languages, visit:
http://www.k12.wa.us/WorldLanguages/StudentsEarnCredits.aspx

  • Any 8th grade or high school student can register for any language for any of the dates. 
  • Seattle Public Schools will sponsor any 11th-12th grade students for any of the tests they need to take for their language.
  • Other students will need to pay WAFLT for the testing. They can bring the payment (cash or check) to the testing site. STAMP $30; OPIc $60; WPT $70; Proctored Writing Test $30; Proctored Oral Language Test $70. If students want to be tested in a language that uses the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), which costs $140, 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.) (Note: If Seattle has more funds remaining later in the year, then the district may be able to sponsor 9th-10th graders too.)
 
 

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,
visit http://www.k12.wa.us/WorldLanguages/CompetencyBasedCredits.aspx or contact: michele.aoki@k12.wa.us.)

The Seattle School Board adopted its Competency-Based Credits policy and procedure in March 2011. During 2011-2012, Seattle Public Schools is partnering with the OSPI World Languages program 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.