World Language Assessments (WLA)

  • What is WLA?

     
    In the 2015-16 school year, Everett Public Schools began offering world language testing to students in order to provide them with an opportunity to earn high school credit by demonstrating fluency in reading, writing, speaking and listening in a language other than English.  
     
    The district will provide students with information regarding district assessment opportunities and fees. Students may also make personal and independent arrangements for the above listed assessments when that option for assessment is available. The assessments must be offered in a proctored setting with appropriate technology. The district must 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.
     
    Earning a Seal of Biliteracy
     
    A student shall be awarded the Washington state seal of biliteracy upon graduation if the student has demonstrated proficiency in English by meeting the statewide minimum graduation requirements in English and by meeting the state standard on the reading and writing or English language arts assessments and the student has demonstrated proficiency in one or more world languages through any one of the following methods:
     
       a. Passing a foreign language advanced placement examination with a score of three or higher;
     
       b. Demonstrating intermediate-mid level proficiency or higher in the world language based on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency guidelines, using assessments approved by the office of superintendent of public instruction for competency-based credits;
     
       c. Qualifying for four competency-based credits by demonstrating proficiency in the world language at intermediate-mid level or higher based on the ACTFL proficiency guidelines, according to the school district’s policy and procedure for competency-based credits for world languages; or
     
       d. Demonstrating proficiency in speaking, writing, and reading the world language through other national or international assessments approved by the office of superintendent of public instruction at a level comparable to intermediate-mid level or higher based on the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. (WAC 392-410-350
     
     
    Students may be awarded credit in a World Language by establishing competency in a language other than English. Assessments will be aligned to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency guidelines in order to ensure consistency across languages. 
     

    Who takes WLA?

    Any student in grades 7-12 who can read, write, listen and speak in a language other than English can register to take the WLA.

    When is WLA administered?

    There is a fall and spring administration of the WLA.

    For the 2018-19 school year, the fall date is November 14, 2018. The spring date is March 13, 2019.