World Language Proficiency Credit – Procedures - 2422-P
For purposes of this procedure, a world language is as any 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. Computer "languages" and forms of deaf signing aside from AMESLAN are not considered World Languages for the purposes of this policy or procedure.
- Demonstrating Competency/Proficiency in a World Language
The District will provide information on the assessment process so that students seeking competency-based credit can demonstrate competency/proficiency 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 determines that the appropriate assessment instruments are:
- Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP) in reading, writing, and speaking (and listening, if available) for all languages for which it is available.
- American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) assessments Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) or Oral Proficiency Interview Computer Based (OPIc) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT)- for languages for which STAMP is not available or for which ACTFL assessments are deemed to be more appropriate.
- ALTA Language Services (ALTA) assessments in writing, speaking, and listening for all languages for which it is available.
- Appropriate assessments for American Sign Language such as the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI).
- Determining Competency and Credit Equivalencies
The District will award one or more credits based on the student demonstrating an overall proficiency level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines as follows:
Novice Mid - 1 credit (Carnegie Unit)
Novice High - 2 credits
Intermediate Low - 3 credits
Intermediate Mid - 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 Intermediate Mid 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. In this example, the student would not receive four credits for Intermediate Mid in Speaking and one credit each for Novice Mid in Reading and Writing. The total award is one World Language credit.)
- Offering Testing Opportunities
The District will provide information on the assessment process so that students have opportunities to take or retake the assessment(s) required to demonstrate proficiency. 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.
- Receiving Credit
In order to receive credit for the test results, parents or guardians must sign and submit the World Language Proficiency Credit Request form along with the official test results to the school registrar. Credits will be awarded with a grade of "Pass." Once these credits have been placed on the transcript, they cannot be removed.
February 28, 2014
Revised: March 22, 2016