2409P Procedure - Credit for Competency/Proficiency

1.0 credit is equivalent to 150 hours of planned instructional activities, excluding class-change passing time. A Carnegie unit (ISO/50-minute hours) is required unless a waiver process has occurred. In addition to work-based learning, alternative learning experiences, and online courses of study, students may also earn credit upon satisfactory demonstration of clearly identified competencies in lieu of the l50-hour requirement for the 1.0 credit. As competencies for courses are developed, students will be notified annually about procedures involved in obtaining credit. Such notification will include, but not be limited to, publication in the Course Description/Registration Catalog.
 
A. World Languages
Definition: According to the definition used by the Higher Education Coordinating Board, a world language is "[a]ny 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. However, neither computer 'languages' nor forms of deaf signing aside from AMESLAN are acceptable."
 
Demonstrating Proficiency in a World Language
The district will manage an assessment process so that high school students seeking proficiency-based credit can demonstrate proficiency across language skills. Assessments will be aligned to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines to ensure consistency across languages. The district will select the appropriate assessment instrument(s) from the following:
  • Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP) or ALTA Language Services in reading, writing, and speaking (and listening, if available) for all languages for which it is available;
  • For languages for which STAMP is not available, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) assessments Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT);
  • Appropriate assessments for American Sign Languages, such as the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI); or
  • For languages that do not currently have a nationally available proficiency-based assessment, the department may work with local language communities to conduct a collection of evidence process, such as LinguaFolio, that is aligned with ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.
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
  • Novice High - 2 credits
  • Intermediate Low - 3 credits
  • Intermediate High - 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.
 
Offering Testing Opportunities
The district will manage an assessment process so that high school students have an annual opportunity to take or retake the assessment(s) required to demonstrate proficiency. Assessments will be offered in a proctored setting with appropriate technology.
 
Paying for Assessments
Fees will be charged to pay for test administration costs for which revenues are not otherwise provided. To the extent that the district can absorb the cost, fees may be waived or reduced for students based on financial need. The USDA Child Nutrition Program guidelines will be used to determine qualifications for waivers or reductions.
 
Parents/guardians will be informed of the availability of any fee waivers or reductions.
 
Informed Consent
A signed permission slip will be required for students to take the assessment and be granted credit.
 
Reporting Results
The district will receive official test results for each student participating in the assessment process. The district will provide a letter to the student with a copy of the test results and an indication of how many world language credits, if any, may be awarded. Credits will be awarded with a grade of "Pass."
 
B. Washington State Assessments and State-Approved Alternatives
Students who demonstrate proficiency on Washington State assessments or other state-approved alternative assessments may be awarded up to two credits based on the level of proficiency as outlined in the table below. Credit cannot be applied when students successfully completed the course in the classroom.
 
Student tested Spring 2018 and beyond:
 
Exam
Exam Criteria
Transcript Guidelines
Grade Earned
Smarter Balanced ELA
Level 2 (2548+),
Up to 1.0 credit for failed 9th or 10th grade English credit
Pass
 
Level 3 or 4
Up to 2.0 credit for failed 9th or 10th grade English credit
Smarter Balanced Math
Level 2 (2595+),
Up to 1.0 credit for failed Algebra or Geometry credit
Pass
 
Level 3 or 4
Up to 2.0 credits for failed Algebra or Geometry Credit
SAT w/ Essay Exam Cut Scores
Math
Up to 1.0 credit for failed Algebra or Geometry credit
Pass
ELA
Up to 1.0 credit for failed 9th or 10th grade English credit
ACT w/ Writing Exam Cut Scores
Math
Up to 1.0 credit for failed Algebra or Geometry credit
Pass
 
 
 
ACT w/ Writing Exam Cut Scores (cont.)
ELA
Up to 1.0 credit for failed 9th or 10th grade English credit
Pass
Science
TBD
TBD
Advanced Placement Exam
Score of 3+
Up to 1.0 credit per failed AP course by corresponding exam
Pass
WCAS
TBD
TBD (September 2018)
TBD
 
Students receiving special education services and alternative testing options (Off-Grade Level or at Basic Level) may be awarded up to 1.0 credits for proficiency as outlined in the table below.
 
Exam
Exam Criteria
Transcript Guidelines
Grade Earned
Smarter Balanced ELA
Level 2 Basic
Up to 1.0 credit for failed 9th or 10th grade English credit
Pass
 
Smarter Balanced Math
Level 2 Basic
Up to 1.0 credit for failed Algebra or Geometry credit
Pass
 
Off-Grade Level
 
SBA ELA
Level 3 or 4
Up to 1.0 credit for failed 9th or 10th grade basic English credit
Pass
SBA Math
Level 3 or 4
Up to 1.0 credit for failed basic math credit
Pass
WCAS
TBD
TBD
TBD
 
 
Students tested Fall 2017 and prior:
 
Exam
Exam Criteria
Transcript Guidelines
Grade Earned
Smarter Balanced ELA
Level 2 (2548+)
Up to 1.0 credit for failed 9th or 10th grade English credit
Pass
 
Level 3 or 4
Up to 1.0 credit for failed 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade English credit.
Smarter Balanced Math
Level 2 (2595+)
Up to 1.0 credit for failed Algebra or Geometry credit
Pass
 
Level 3 or 4
Up to 2.0 credits for failed Algebra or Geometry Credit
SAT w/ Essay Exam Cut Scores
Math
Up to 1.0 credit for failed Algebra or Geometry credit
Pass
ELA
Up to 1.0 credit for failed 9th or 10th grade English credit
ACT w/ Writing Exam Cut Scores
Math
Up to 1.0 credit for failed Algebra or Geometry credit
Pass
 
ELA
Up to 1.0 credit for failed 9th or 10th grade English credit
Science (biology)
Up to 1.0 credit for non-lab science
 
 
COE
Math
Up to 1.0 credit for failed Algebra or Geometry credit
Pass
 
 
 
 
 
ELA
Up to 1.0 credit for failed 9th or 10th grade English credit
Science (biology)
Up to 1.0 credit for non-lab science
EOC
Algebra
Level 3 or 4
Up to 1.0 credit for failed Algebra credit
Pass
Geometry
Level 3 or 4
Up to 1.0 credit for failed Geometry credit
Biology
Level 3 or 4
Up to 1.0 credit for failed Biology credit
Advanced Placement Exam
Score of 3+
Up to 1.0 credit per failed AP course by corresponding exam
Pass
 
Students receiving special education services and alternative testing options (Off-Grade Level or at Basic Level) may be awarded up to 1.0 credits for proficiency as outlined in the table below.
 
Exam
Exam Criteria
Transcript Guidelines
Grade Earned
Smarter Balanced ELA
Level 2 Basic
Up to 1.0 credit for failed 9th or 10th grade English credit
Pass
 
Smarter Balanced Math
Level 2 Basic
Up to 1.0 credit for failed Algebra or Geometry credit
Pass
 
EOC
Algebra
Level 2 Basic
Up to 1.0 credit for failed Algebra credit
Pass
Geometry
Level 2 Basic
Up to 1.0 credit for failed Geometry credit
Biology
Level 2 Basic
Up to 1.0 credit for failed Biology credit
Off-Grade Level
 
SBA ELA
Level 3 or 4
Up to 1.0 credit for failed 9th or 10th grade basic English credit
Pass
SBA Math
Level 3 or 4
Up to 1.0 credit for failed basic math credit
Pass
MSP Science
Level 3 or 4
Up to 1.0 credit for non-lab science
Pass
 
 

C. Physical Education

Demonstrating Proficiency in Physical Education
The district will manage the assessment process so that students seeking mastery-based credit can demonstrate mastery proficiency in knowledge of physical education as a result of being excused from participating in physical education on account of physical disability, employment, religious belief, or because of participation in directed athletics or military science and tactics or for other good cause.
 
  1. First 0.5 PE credit

The student must meet proficiency/mastery of at least 36 points on the OSPI developed fitness assessment: Concepts of Health and Fitness.

  1. Second 0.5 PE credit

The student must meet proficiency/mastery of at least 12 points on the OSPI developed fitness assessment: Fitness Planning.

 
Date: 8/26/14
Revised: 6/13/17; 6/19/18; 6/15/21