2409 Credit for Competency/Proficiency

  • Competency Based Credit and Equivalency Courses of Study

    The board allows students to earn credit to be applied towards high school graduation in all manners acceptable under the laws and regulations of the State of Washington.  Students may earn credit by demonstrating competencies on district or state recognized assessments or by completing equivalency courses of study authorized through the established district course approval process.  As competency-based assessment opportunities and equivalency courses of study are developed for credit, students will be notified annually regarding procedures to obtain credit.

    High School and Beyond Plan
    The board recognized students may be granted up to one elective credit for completing the required components of the High School and Beyond Plan in grades 9 through 12.

    World Languages
    The 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 any 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.

    Legal References:
    RCW 28A.230.090(4)(5)         High school graduation requirements or equivalencies
    WAC 180-51-050                    High school credit - Definition

    ADOPTED:  06/21/2016
    REVISED:  3/23/17; 12/12/2019

    Procedure No. 2409P Credit for Competency/Proficiency
    High School and Beyond Plan
    Students may earn up to 1.0 credit for completion of the High School and Beyond Plan.  Students may earn 0.5 credit in 10th grade upon completion of the 9th and 10th grade components and 0.5 credit in 12th grade upon completion of the 11th and 12th grade components.

    Competency-Based Credit

    Competency-Based Credit
    Students who demonstrate proficiency on district, state, and national assessments may be awarded up to three credits based on the levels of proficiency outlined in the table below. Credit cannot be applied when students have successfully completed the course in the classroom. In addition, students may be awarded up to four credits for competency in World Languages based on state recognized assessments.

    Competency-Based Credit Table

    World Language

    1. Definition:
      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.”
    2. Demonstrating Competency in a World Language
      The district will manage the assessment process so that students seeking competency-based credit can demonstrate competency 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 those available through the Small-Scale World Language Proficiency Testing partnership between the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT)
    3. Determining Credit Equivalencies
      The district will award one to four credits based on the student demonstrating an overall proficiency level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines as follows:

      Novice Mid – 1 credit
      Novice High – 2 credits
      Intermediate Low - 3 credits
      Intermediate Mid/High - 4 credits

      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.
      Example: If a student demonstrated Novice High level proficiency in Speaking, but Novice Mid in Reading and Writing, then credits would be awarded based on the lowest common level of demonstrated proficiency, i.e. one credit for Novice Mid. The student would not receive individual credits for separate language skills. The total award is one World Language credit.)
    4. Offering Testing Opportunities
      The district will manage the assessment process so that students have multiple opportunities to take or retake the assessment(s) required to demonstrate proficiency beginning in 9th grade. Assessments must be offered in a proctored setting with appropriate technology. The district will approve the site(s) where the assessments are offered, which could include individual schools, district buildings, community colleges, universities, educational service districts, or other community settings.
    5. Paying for Assessments
      The district will set a fee for the assessments to cover administrative costs, test fees, and/or proctoring. Fees may vary depending on the assessment costs. The district will offer financial assistance to students who demonstrate need, such as qualifying for free or reduced price lunch.
    6. Reporting Results
      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. If requested by the student, the school counselors will record the world language credits earned on the official transcript.  Credits will be awarded with a grade of “Pass.” 

    ADOPTED:  06/21/2016
    REVISED:  3/23/17; 12/12/2019; 12/17/2020

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