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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Policy 2409 - CREDIT FOR COMPETENCY/PROFICIENCY

The Highline School Board recognizes the value of preparing students to be global citizens with the skills to communicate in English and other world languages. In our state’s diverse communities, it is not unusual for students to have various opportunities to develop language skills, for example, through experiences of using the language at home, attendance at language programs offered in the community, learning online or time spent living abroad. The district encourages students and their families to take advantage of language learning opportunities available to them.

To enable students to fully benefit from the advantages of multilingualism, the district will encourage students to learn to understand, speak, read and write at a high level of language proficiency. Proficiency can also be demonstrated in languages that are only spoken or signed.

In order to recognize the language proficiency of students, the superintendent or designee is directed to develop and identify procedures and resources within the school system for awarding world language credits to students based on demonstrated proficiency across a range of language skills.

In addition, the Highline School Board recognizes the importance of allowing students to learn at their own pace, and the educational benefits that can be gained by giving students the opportunity to demonstrate competency of skills, proficiency of standards, and mastery of concepts.  As such, and in accordance with state law, the board will grant credit based on demonstration of proficiency in any subject or course subsequent to approval of the proficiency criteria for that course, in accordance with procedures developed by the Superintendent.

Legal Reference:
High school graduation requirements or equivalencies - Reevaluation of graduation requirements - Review and authorization of proposed changes - Credit for courses taken before attending high school -+ Post Secondary credit equivalencies - RCW 28A.230.090
High school credit — Definition - WAC 180-51-050
Legislative Rules, February 11, 2012 - WSR 12-03-052 

Management Resources:
Competency Based Credits - Policy News, August 2010

Highline School District 401
Adopted by the Board: May 2012
Revised by the Board:  12.15
Classification: Priority