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
  • Test date (to be determined) for the Seal of Biliteracy (Seattle seniors only)
  • Date to be determined for Denny International MS students only
  • Additional dates may be added if needed
Seattle is sponsoring (paying for) testing for current 11th and 12th graders in our district, as well as 8th grade students at Denny International MS, Hamilton Intl MS, and Mercer Intl MS. Younger students may also register to test, but will need to pay for their tests themselves. (After you register you will receive information about paying.)

Students must register in advance at:
To learn more about the test options for different languages, visit:

View the Road Map World Language Credit Video.
Translated videos in Amharic, Arabic, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Samoan, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrigna, Vietnamese.

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 and International Programs, to earn competency-based credits for languages that they may have learned outside the school setting.