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    World Language Assessment for Students Who Acquired Language Proficiency Outside the Classroom

    During the school year of 2020-2021, Seattle Public Schools will offer World Language Credit Testing remotely. There are two options for remote testing. Please read about both options and register to test if interested.

    Remote Testing Options for 2020-2021

    To sign up for World Language Credit Testing register here

    Option 1: Individual Remote Testing with AVANT Proctors (Schedule your own date)

    Students who would like to schedule testing at a date convenient for them can do so and use the AVANT proctors to complete the assessment. This option is available for the following tests and languages.

    STAMP Assessment:

    Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified & Traditional), Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Spanish

    WORLDSPEAK Assessment:

    Amharic, Armenian, Chin (Hakha), Chuukese, Czech, English, Filipino (Tagalog), French, Haitian-Creole, Hmong, Ilocano, Korean, Marathi, Marshallese, Samoan, Somali Maay Maay, Somali Maxaa, Spanish, Tamil, Telugu, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Yup'ik

    Option 2: Remote Testing through Zoom/Teams with SPS Proctors (Already scheduled dates below)

    Students who would like to take a language competency test in a remote setting proctored by SPS staff on one of the scheduled dates below can sign-up for this option. This option is available for the following tests and languages.

    Test Dates for Fall of 2020 – SPS Proctored Tests (Option 2):

    Saturday, October 3

    Saturday, October 24

    Saturday, November 14

    Saturday, December 5

    This option is available for the following tests and languages.

    STAMP Assessment:

    Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified & Traditional), Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Spanish

    WORLDSPEAK Assessment:

    Amharic, Armenian, Chin (Hakha), Chuukese, Czech, English, Filipino (Tagalog), French, Haitian-Creole, Hmong, Ilocano, Korean, Marathi, Marshallese, Samoan, Somali Maay Maay, Somali Maxaa, Spanish, Tamil, Telugu, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Yup'ik

     

    If you are interested in taking a custom test or ALTA test and do not see your language listed above, please register and indicate that in the registration form. We are working on options for other languages and assessments.

     

     

    Registration Information

    To sign up for either testing option please register here. In the registration process you can choose which option is best for you. Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation and next steps from the International Education Department. At this time we are scheduling tests through December 12th, 2020. We will offer additional dates in the winter and spring that will be released in early December.

    For additional information about World Language Credit Testing you can read this flyer. Also available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigringa, and Vietnamese.

    Register for Seattle Test Dates.

    Seattle Schools is currently sponsoring (paying for) World Language Credit testing for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students in our district. We expect to sponsor testing for 8th grade students starting in the spring. (Students in Dual Language Immersion continuation programs in 8th grade will also be tested in spring of 2021 either at their schools or remotely: Dual Language Immersion Testing.)  

    Note that Seattle only tests students from 8th - 12th grades. Younger students may test (and pay for their tests) if space is available, but the test results will not be used to qualify the students for World Language Credits for high school.

    View the World Language Credit Program video to get inspired!

    World Language Credit testing is part of the Road Map Project's campaign on Speak Your Language.

    Students Earn Credits:  How does it work?

    Step 1: Determine if you’re eligible

    Take a moment to think about your current language skills in the language that you wish to be tested in (not English). If you can answer "Yes, I can do this fairly easily" to each statement, then you will probably be able to earn at least 1-2 credits when you take the language test. If you can answer "Yes, I can do this very easily" to all of the statements, then you may be able to earn 3-4 credits when you get tested.

    • I can understand ideas on familiar topics expressed through phrases, short sentences, and frequently used expressions. [Listening]
    • I can understand the main idea and some details in simple texts that contain familiar vocabulary. [Reading]
    • I can exchange information with another person about familiar tasks, topics and activities. [Person-to-Person Communication]
    • I can use a series of phrases and sentences to provide basic information about familiar topics. [Spoken Production]
    • I can write simple descriptions and short messages and request or provide information on familiar topics. [Writing]

    If you feel like you need practice in your language, here are some example tasks for practicing your writing or speaking in your language. (These specific tasks will not be on the test.)

    Step 2: Take the tests

    Different languages use different tests. Find your language, then you’ll see which test(s) you need to sign up for. (On the website you'll find a drop-down menu listing almost all of the languages and which tests they use.)

    Visit OSPI > Students Earn Credits.

    Learn more about the tests:

    • Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP) offered through Avant Assessment. (Try out the Sample Tests.) The STAMP test typically takes about 1 1/2 hours to 3 hours. It is not timed.
    • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Writing Proficiency Test (WPT), Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), OPI computer-based (OPIc), and ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency (AAPPL) offered through Language Testing International (LTI).
    • WorldSpeak offered through Avant Assessment. The format is similar to STAMP but just tests Writing and Speaking in Somali (Maay Maay and Maxaa), Tagalog, Vietnamese and several other languages.
    • ALTA Writing Skills Assessment and Speaking and Listening Assessment offered through ALTA Language Services.
    • Custom tests in Writing and Speaking for other languages not available through Avant, LTI, or ALTA offered through the Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT Custom Testing). 
    • SLPI: Sign Language Proficiency Interview for American Sign Language (ASL) offered through North Carolina ASLTA.

    Once you know which test(s) you need to take, then find a date and location that will work for you.

    Register for Seattle Test Dates.

    Step 3: Get credit

    After you complete the test(s) for your language, Seattle Schools should receive your test results within a few weeks. The Seattle Schools Office of ELL and International Programs will provide a letter indicating proficiency levels attained in the tested language and high school credit equivalencies based on the recommendations in the state’s Model Procedure for competency-based credits, which Seattle Schools adopted in 2011, as well as a copy of your test results. The student packet and a similar letter for the school will be sent to the school that you attend. Please contact the school counselor to receive your packet. Then arrange with the counselor for the credits to be added to your transcript. There are specific course codes that the counselor needs to enter for your language.

    Credit will be granted if students meet the following levels of proficiency across the language skills tested for each language:

    • Novice Mid earns 1 credit
    • Novice High earns 2 credits
    • Intermediate Low earns 3 credits
    • Intermediate Mid earns 4 credits

    NOTE: If you qualify for 4 competency-based credits, that means you are considered "Proficient" in your language and you meet the language criterion for earning the Seal of Biliteracy. Your transcript will be updated to reflect that fact after your testing is complete. When you graduate, your transcript will be updated to show that the Seal of Biliteracy was "Earned" for your language.

    Questions? Contact Gosia Stone mjstone@seattleschools.org