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    Language Credit Testing at Ingraham November 14th
    Posted on 09/25/2018

    We will be offering in-house world language credit testing on Wednesday, November 14. This is essentially the same opportunity that exists at the Seattle World School one Saturday a month only it will take place at Ingraham. Students can earn up to four high school credits and if they do get four, they qualify for the Washington State Seal of Biliteracy.

    The Ingraham student registration is online. It is separate from the Seattle World School registration: http://bit.ly/IHSlanguages

    • Those testing in Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic, will use the STAMP Test (usually takes about 2 hours). There are a few other languages for STAMP too.
    • Those testing in Somali or Vietnamese, or Tagalog, will take the WorldSpeak test. WorldSpeak is Writing and Speaking only.
    • Those testing in Oromo, Amharic, Swahili or other lesson common languages, will most likely take the ALTA test. This is a timed one-hour writing test. Those that score high enough to move on (they need to show that they will likely earn at least one credit), will take a speaking test by phone. We will schedule those in January after we get the writing test results.
    • For even less common languages, there is a custom test that we can offer. Basically, we should be able to test almost any language.
    • Students cannot double dip with credits. In other words, they cannot take a Spanish 2 class and also get a competency credit for Spanish 2. If they take Spanish 2-4 at Ingraham and later earn a 4 on the competency test, they can add 1 credit (for Spanish 1) to their transcript.
    • If students qualify for 4 competency-based credits, that means they are considered "Proficient" in their language and they meet the language criterion for earning the Seal of Biliteracy. Their transcript will be updated to reflect that fact after testing is complete. When they graduate, their transcript will be updated to show that the Seal of Biliteracy was "Earned" for their language. IB world language students can continue to earn the Seal by getting a 4 or higher on IB exams. More info about the Seal of Biliteracy is online: http://www.k12.wa.us/WorldLanguages/SealofBiliteracy.aspx
    More information on the tests, including a list of languages and test prep tips, can be found on this OSPI site.

    If students want to test, but they cannot do it on November 14th, they can also take their test at the Seattle World School. They are testing on October 6, October 27, November 10, December 1, January 26, February 9, March 9, and March 30 at 10 am. Go to https://www.seattleschools.org/academics/international_education/world_language_credit_testing more information for more information.

    Questions? Contact Noah Zeichner (nczeichner@seattleschools.org)