A. Proficiency/Competency for All Subjects Except World Languages via State Exam
a. Students who met standard on state exams required for graduation may recover credit for previously failed courses in the following manner:
1. Students may recover one-half (0.5) credit for Algebra or Geometry on a state math assessment or approved state alternative that meets the graduation requirement.
1. Students may recover one-half (0.5) Biology credit for a previously failed Biology course by meeting standard on state science assessment or approved alternative that meets the graduation requirement.
iii. Language Arts
1. Students may recover one-half (0.5) credit for a previously failed 9th or 10th grade required Language Arts course by meeting standard on a state assessment in ELA or approved state alternative that meets the graduation requirement.
b. In all of the situations outlined above a unique course code will be created and will substitute for a course that was previously failed. Failed courses will remain on the student’s official transcript.
B. Proficiency/Competency for World Languages
i. For purposes of this procedure, a world language is defined according to the definition used by the Higher Education Coordinating Board as “[a]ny natural language that has been formally studied […], including American Sign Language (AMESLAN, the language of the deaf community), and languages no longer spoken, such as Latin and ancient Greek. However, neither computer 'languages' nor forms of deaf signing aside from AMESLAN are acceptable.”
b. Demonstrating Proficiency in a World Language
i. The district will manage the assessment process so that high school students seeking proficiency based credit can demonstrate proficiency across language skills. Assessments will be aligned to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines in order to ensure consistency across languages. The district will select the appropriate assessment instrument(s) from the following:
1. Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP) in reading, writing, and speaking (and listening, if available) for all languages for which it is available.
2. For languages for which STAMP is not available, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) assessments Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT), or other appropriate assessment.
3. Appropriate assessments for American Sign Language such as the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI).
c. Determining Competency and Credit Equivalencies
i. The district will award one or more credits based on the student demonstrating an overall proficiency level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines as follows:
1. Novice Mid – 1 credit (Carnegie Unit)
2. Novice High – 2 credits
3. Intermediate Low – 3 credits
4. Intermediate Mid – 4 credits
ii. Since students may demonstrate varied levels of proficiency across skills, credits will be awarded based on the lowest common level of proficiency demonstrated across the skill areas.
d. Offering Testing Opportunities
i. The district will manage the assessment process so that high school students have an annual opportunity to take or retake the assessment(s) required to demonstrate proficiency. Assessments must be offered in a proctored setting with appropriate technology.
e. Paying for Assessments
i. The district will pay for fees associated with students’ initial assessment to demonstrate language proficiency. If the students elect to retake the assessment, a fee will be required to cover administrative costs, test fees, and/or proctoring. Fees will vary depending on the assessment costs.
f. Informed Consent
i. The district will explain to students and guardians the value of continued study of World Languages. Students will attend an information session, and guardians will be sent a letter.
g. Reporting Results
i. The district will receive official test results for each student participating in the assessment process. The district will provide a letter to the student with a copy of the test results and an indication of how many world language credits, if any, may be awarded. Credits will be awarded with a grade of “Pass.”
C. Proficiency/Competency for the High School & Beyond Plan
a. The High School & Beyond Plan is an integral part of each student’s high school experience. Details about the HSBP can be found in Procedure 2400P3. Students may earn up to 0.125 credit per year based on completion of that year’s HSBP goals.
Highline School District 401
Adopted by the Superintendent 05.12
Revised by the Superintendent 12.15; 6.16; 6.20