Credit by Proficiency
In addition to American Sign Language (ASL), French and Spanish high school courses, Highline also offers World Language Credit by Proficiency for any language.
High school students can earn up to a maximum of 4 credits through this program. Students are assessed in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Highline is part of a statewide initiative to recognize our students' diverse language competencies. For more information on this initiative, please refer to OSPI Competency-Based Credits for World Languages. Watch the video below to learn more about this program.
Credit by Proficiency testing happens yearly at each of our high schools and pre-registration is required.
Steps prior to taking the language proficiency test
Step 1: Advisory lessons to include overview of World Language Credit by Proficiency, self-assessment, paths to Biliteracy
Step 2: Test preparation and practice test
Step 3: Testing day!
Highline Public Schools uses different tests in order to accomidate all languages. The three most common tests used are ALTA, Avant WorldSpeak and STAMP 4s.
Stamp 4s Information: (French, German, Italian, Spanish)
- Benchmarks and Rubric Guide
- Practice Test
- Test Taker Guide
- STAMP 4s Test - Use this link on testing day!
Avant WorldSpeak Information: (Somali and Tagalog)
ALTA Test Information: (Any language not listed above)
- Who can earn World Language Credit-by-Proficiency?
- Can I take the test if I’m not a native speaker?
- Can I take the test if am an ELL student?
- What languages can I earn credit in?
- How many credits can I earn?
- Can I earn credit in more than one language?
- How much does testing cost?
- What happens if I don’t do well on the test?
- Can I test more than once?
- How do I register for the test?
- When can I test?
- How do I decide if I should take the test?
- What is the test like?
- Where does testing happen?
- How can I get help to develop my language skills?
- How can I continue learning languages?
- What if I already took classes in and earned credit in the language I am testing in?
- What happens if I am currently in a language class and I take the test in the same language?
- What happens if I am in a Spanish-for-Native Speakers course?
- What kind of credit will this generate?
- When will credits be posted to my transcript?
- Will this affect my GPA?
- Will earning language credits via the Credit by Proficiency Program be considered on my college applications?
Any high school student with strong skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in a language other than English can earn credit. Students using American Sign Language may also earn credit. Students need to complete a self-assessment of their skills before testing, and get parent permission.
Yes. ELL students are encouraged to take the test. However, we strongly recommend students take the test when they are at an intermediate or advanced level of English language skill - this is because the test instructions will all be in English, making the test challenging for a beginning ELL student.
To register, students will attend an information session, complete a self-assessment, get parent permission, and take a practice test. This will happen across the high school campuses, and be advertised at the school. Students must complete these steps, and turn in parent permission in order to test.
The test varies depending on language. Some tests are completed on the computer. Others are partially completed on the computer, and have written component. Some are all paper/pencil. All the tests also include a speaking and/or listening component, as well as reading and writing assessments. For French, German and Spanish you can take a practice assessment online. For other languages, you will learn about the assessment during the information session.
You can practice your skills by reading things you enjoy in the languages you are learning, as well as finding opportunities to write – letters, email, blogging, etc…. You can also practice your speaking skills with friends and families that speak the language. In some cases, you may be able to find opportunities in the community to study the language. Highline has an on-line Canvas course which is ideal for strengthening your language skills. Check with the test coordinator at your home school for more information.
Additional credit for proficiency earned at the high school level will only be awarded for levels above the credit already earned. If you have earned credit for content based language courses, for example - Spanish for Native Speakers, any credits earned via this program will be in addition to credits you have earned.
Having your language proficiency valued on your high school transcript is a valuable addition to any college application. Not only will you display your language proficiency attests to a level of proficiency in a foreign language but can use the credits towards meeting the foreign language admission requirement for many colleges and universities.