Federal Way Public Schools students who have learned to speak, read and write a world language outside the school setting can now earn credit by taking a test to show their level of competency, thanks to a grant provided by the Gates Foundation to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
|Any student in grades 8-12, who has obtained language skills outside the classroom can earn high school credit in any language by taking an assessment.Students who are taking a class cannot receive additional credits by taking the competency-based test. The grade earned in the class takes precedence over the competency-based testing score.
Before registering for testing, students are asked to use these assessment tools to determine test readiness before registering. Students should be able to meet at least novice mid level.
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While World Languages are not a graduation requirement in the district, admission requirements at all Washington public, four-year colleges and universities, and many private four-year institutions, specify a minimum of 2 world language credits in the same language. Students who can earn credit for a language gained outside the classroom will be able to open up space in their schedules to pick up other classes needed for graduation or college.
Testing this spring will be offered in Spanish, Russian, Korean, Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, and Persian Farsi.
While this project will help improve the career and college readiness of English Language Learner (ELL) students, it will also benefit some who are not ELL students. Heritage language students –students who speak English but who have also learned another language because family members still speak a native language – are among them.
“In our state’s diverse communities, it is not unusual for students to have various opportunities to develop language skills, for example, through attendance at language programs offered in the community, learning online or time spent living abroad,” notes the Washington State School Directors Association