NTPS World Languages - Proficiency Credit Program and the Seal of Biliteracy
North Thurston recognizes the value of preparing students to be global citizens with the skills to communicate in English and other world languages.The World Language Proficiency Credit Program and the Washington State Seal of Biliteracy are ways to earn high school credit for a language you already know. Download the Informational Brochure for more details if interested!There are two proficiency pathways to earn credit and earn the Seal of Biliteracy:
- Enroll in a World Language class in NTPS. All students in level 3 and 4 language classes have the opportunity to take the STAMP proficiency exam for free! This test will be given during class time in the Spring in the language of study. Talk to your World Language teacher for more information.
- Take the proficiency exam annually in spring. The cost is $60 to take either the STAMP or the World Speak exams. The test will be given at North Thurston High School. The 2019 testing dates have passed - please check back next year!
Seal of Biliteracy
The Washington State Seal of Biliteracy is established to recognize public high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more world languages in addition to English. Students who earn the Seal of Biliteracy in North Thurston will receive a certificate, have this noted on their transcript, and will be able to add a Seal of Biliteracy to their diploma. The Seal is awarded at the end of the senior year.To earn a Seal of Biliteracy, students must:
- Demonstrate proficiency in English by meeting or exceeding standards on the Washington State high school assessment of English/Language Arts and by meeting graduation requirements in English; and
- Demonstrate proficiency in a world language other than English by one of the following:
- Earning a 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement world language examination;
- Earning an intermediate-mid level or higher on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency guidelines using an assessment approved by OSPI for competency credits; or
- Pass an International Baccalaureate examination with a score of 4 or higher in world languages.
World Language Credit Program
If you can read, write, and speak a foreign language, you may be able to earn high school credit for your language skills. If you can do the following easily in a foreign language, you might be able to earn 1-4 credits when you take a language test. You must know English well, as the test questions will be in English. The cost of the test is $60 (financial assistance is available) and is given in the spring (2019 dates have passed - please check back in early 2020. You can pre-register through your school's counseling office.
- 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 descriptions and short messages and request or provide information on familiar topics. (Writing)
- Mandarin (simplified or traditional characters)
- Alaskan Yup'ik
- Somali Maay Maay
- Somali Maxxa
- Haitian Creole