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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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World Language Credit by Proficiency

In addition to American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic, Chinese, French, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese 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.

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Spanish

Credit by Proficiency FAQs

World Language Credit by Proficiency 

Credit by Proficiency testing typically happens yearly at each of our high schools.

Pre-registration is required. 

In response to the COVID-19 closure, we have updated the world language testing plan for the 3rd quarter. This third testing window will be for:

  1. Students in 11th and 12th grades 
  2. 10th graders who are planning to enroll in Running Start in 2021-22
  3. Students currently enrolled in Heritage courses
  4. Students currently enrolled in Spanish 1 in 8th grade will take the Avant PLACE assessment to generate 1 world language credit on their high school transcript 

STEPS PRIOR TO TAKING THE LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TEST

  • Test Information - Informational meetings will be held every Wednesday at 2:00 pm. Please use the following link to access the remote meeting:  http://bit.ly/HighlineWorldLanguageZOOM
  • Practice Session - Students who determine that they are ready may submit a practice test following the informational meeting.
  • Test Registration - Students will be able to register for one of the various testing options during the information meeting.

Test Information

Highline Public Schools uses different tests to accommodate all languages. The three most common tests used are Avant STAMP 4s, Avant WorldSpeak and ALTA.  

AVANT STAMP 4S INFORMATION:

(French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish)

AVANT WORLDSPEAK INFORMATION:

(Chin (Hakha), Chuukese, Czech, Filipino (Tagalog), Haitian-Creole, Ilocano Marshallese, Samoan, Somali)

ALTA TEST INFORMATION: (FOR ANY LANGUAGE NOT LISTED ABOVE)

Testing Options for Quarters 3

Testing Options

Priority Group

Test Dates and Times

Test 

REMOTE:
Remote testing proctored by Language Learning Staff and/or World Language Teachers

  • 11th and 12th graders 
  • 10th graders who are planning to enroll in Running Start 2020-2021

March through end of quarter 3

  • Wednesdays and Saturdays or during WL/HL classes

(Limited space availability during each test date)

STAMP Assessment
French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish

WorldSpeak 
Chin (Hakha), Chuukese, Czech, Filipino (Tagalog), Haitian-Creole, Ilocano, Marshallese, Samoan, Somali Maay Maay, Somali Maxaa

IN PERSON:
In-person testing proctored by Language Learning Staff

  • 11th and 12th graders 
  • 10th graders who are planning to enroll in Running Start 2020-2021
  • Students currently enrolled in Heritage Vietnamese courses


 

March through end of quarter 3

  • Wednesdays 

(Limited space availability during each test date)

STAMP Assessment
French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish

WorldSpeak 
Chin (Hakha), Chuukese, Czech, Filipino (Tagalog), Haitian-Creole, Ilocano, Marshallese, Samoan, Somali Maay Maay, Somali Maxaa

ALTA Assessment          
Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Basha, Bosnian, Burmese, Cantonese, Croatian, Dari, Farsi, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Khmer, Kiswahili, Korean, Lao, Laotian, Malayalam, Mandarin, Nepali, Oromo, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Sudanese, Thai, Tigrinya, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese

WAFLT Assessment
Carolinian, Kirundi, Kosraean, Palauan, Tedim, Tok Pisin, Tongan

REMOTE:  
Remote testing proctored by Language Learning Staff and World Language Teachers

  • 8th graders in Spanish 1 class


 

March through end of quarter 3

During World Language class period

Avant PLACE Assessment
Spanish

 

Future testing updates for Quarter 4 may include 8th, 9th, and 10th graders.

If you have any questions about WLCbP testing, please contact Language Learning at 206-631-3184 or e-mail Mary Orozco at mary.orozco@highlineschools.org

Videos

Amharic

Chinese

Punjabi

Somali

Tigrinya

Arabic

English

Russian

Spanish

Vietnamese

Cambodian

Korean

Samoan

Tagalog

Contact

Kristin Percy Calaff
Elementary Language Learning Director

Shajaira Lopez
Secondary Language Learning Director

Damaris L. Amaya
Administrative Secretary 

Phone
206-631-3035

Email
language.learning@highlineschools.org