Earn high school credit for languages you know!

    •  Do you speak a language other than English?
    •  Is it one of these languages: Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin (Traditional/Simplified), Russian or Spanish?
    •  Can you read and write in it too?
    •  OR can you speak and write in one of these languages: Filipino (Tagalog), Somali Maay Maay, Somali Maxaa, Vietnamese, Yup’ik?
    •  Do you want to earn credit for it?

    The Marysville School District has a procedure for students in grades 8-12 to show what they know in another language and earn high school world language credits for it, without taking a high school class. See your counselor TODAY for a registration form or for more information.

    Questions? Contact Yayoi Brown 360-965-0053 Yayoi_Brown@msd25.org

World Languages Competency-­Based Credits

  • In 2012,The Marysville School District adopted a policy and procedure for assessing language proficient and granting competency-based credits for World Languages.

    If your child can understand, speak, read, and write a language other than English, then you might want to consider participating in this program. This year, MSD is offering an opportunity for students to test in Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin (Traditional and Simplified), Russian and Spanish using a computer‐based test called STAMP (STAndards-based Measurement of Proficiency).

    We will be using Avant WorldSpeak, another computer‐based test, for Filipino (Tagalog), Somali Maay Maay, Somali Maxaa, Vietnamese and Yup’ik. We are working on adding more languages in the future. Students may be able to earn from 1 to 4 high school world language credits. These credits can help meet high school graduation requirements for elective credits and 4-year college admissions requirements for world (foreign) languages.

    Students are asked to complete a self-assessment, found on the below tab to see what level of proficiency they can demonstrate in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students who will be taking Avant WorldSpeak will only be tested in speaking and writing. The directions and questions are provided only in English.

    Depending on their self‐assessment, a student may then take an external assessment to determine their proficiency. All assessments will be evaluated based on proficiency guidelines from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Credit will be granted if students meet the following levels of proficiency:

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

    Credit will appear on the transcript with a “P” for pass as the grade mark. Through this process, Marysville School District recognizes and values the language skills students develop in their homes, their community, and previous places they have lived However, please note that students are also encouraged to continue studying languages after they earn competency‐based credits.

    Language is rich and complex, and the more students know, the stronger they will be. Families are encouraged to seek out further language learning opportunities in the school and beyond.