• World Language Proficiency Testing

    REGISTER HERE:  SPRING 2018 

     

    Eligibility and Registration

    How do students know if they can pass the tests? 

    If you can answer “Yes, I can do this fairly easily” to each statement in a language other than English, then you will probably be able to earn at least 1-2 credits. If you can answer “Yes, I can do this very easily” to all of the statements, then you may be able to earn 1-4 credits when you get tested.

    1. I can understand ideas on familiar topics expressed through phrases, short sentences, and frequently used expressions. [Listening]
    2. I can understand the main idea and some details in simple texts that contain familiar vocabulary. [Reading]
    3. I can exchange information with another person about familiar tasks, topics and activities. [Person-to-Person Communication]
    4. I can use a series of phrases and sentences to provide basic information about familiar topics. [Spoken Production]
    5. I can write simple descriptions and short messages and request or provide information on familiar topics. [Writing]

     

    Who are these tests for?

    Students in grades 8-11.  12th grade CHS students who are currently credit deficient may also take this opportunity, please speak with your counselor if interested. 

     

    Credits and Benefits 

    How many credits can a student earn by demonstrating fluency in reading, writing, speaking and listening?

    This year students will be able to earn up to four credits, depending upon the level of proficiency they demonstrate on the assessments in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students may demonstrate varied levels of proficiency across these four skill areas, and because credits will be awarded based on the lowest level of proficiency demonstrated across the skill areas, it is important for students to have strong skills in all four areas.

     

    What is the benefit of taking this test?

    Students will earn proficiency-based high school credits. 

     

    Registration and Testing Locations

     

    SPRING TESTING 2018 - JUNE 14th @ 7:30am in the CCRC at CHS

     

    Where can students register for and take the assessment?

    Students can sign up ONLINE and pay for testing with the bookkeeping clerk at their school. Please complete the registration through the link above. 

     

    What will the test cost?

    Students and their families are responsible for paying the cost of the test. The cost of the test varies by language test, based upon the cost charged by the test vendor. The reason that some tests cost much more than others is due to the necessity of having a live person who speaks the language administer the speaking and listening/signing portions of the test (via a live phone call).

     

    What Languages will be tested?

    These are the languages that will be offered for testing this year for registered students:


    Language

    Cost of Test*

             American Sign Language

    $150/SLPI

             Arabic

    $20/STAMP

             Chinese

    $20/STAMP

             Farsi

    $150/ALTA

             French

    $20/STAMP

             German

    $20/STAMP

             Hindi

    $20/STAMP

             Japanese

    $20/STAMP

             Korean

    $20/STAMP

             Polish

    $20/STAMP

             Portuguese

    $150/ALTA

             Punjabi

    $150/ALTA

             Romanian

    $150/ALTA

             Russian

    $20/STAMP

             Spanish

    $20/STAMP

             Tagalog

    $50/WRLDSP

             Thai

    $150/ALTA

             Ukrainian

    $150/ALTA

             Vietnamese

    $50/WRLDSP



    *$60 payment for Writing component required first.  If Writing is passed, another $60 required for the Oral Live component. 

     

    What about languages NOT on the list?

    To help us plan for testing for other World Languages for future testing opportunities, please email jstone@upsd83.org with your student name, school, grade and the world language requested, so that the district can make plans to offer additional languages in the future.

     

    If I am not satisfied with my results, can I retest?

    Yes, you can retest. You will need to pay for each test that you take and costs may fluctuate depending on the vendor’s pricing and administrative costs for each test day.

     

    What is the Seal of Biliteracy and how do I earn one?

    If you earn the maximum four credits from these district approved tests (ALTA/Stamp4S/WorldSpeak), you will be eligible to earn the WA State Seal of Biliteracy on your transcript upon successful completion of all English Language Arts assessment and graduation requirements.  The language you earn the credits in will appear on your transcript as your second language. 

     

    Preparing for testing:

    What is the best way to prepare for any language proficiency test?

    These tests measure your proficiency: what you can do with the language (not what you know about the language, such as grammar facts or vocabulary definitions). You will be asked to speak and write about different topics to whether your proficiency level is more at the Novice level, Intermediate Level, or Advanced Level. You can find examples in English and some other languages in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. Please note the following regarding awarding credits:

    STAMP 4S

    ACTFL Proficiency Level

    STAMP Score

    Possible Credits

    Novice Low

    1

    0

    Novice Mid

    2

    1

    Novice High

    3

    2

    Intermediate Low

    4

    3

    Intermediate Mid

    5

    4

    Intermediate High and above

    6

    4

     

    ALTA

     

    ACTFL Proficiency Level

    ILR Rating (Interagency Lang Roundtable)

    ALTA Rating

    Possible Credits

    Novice Low

    0

    1,2

    0

    Novice Mid

    0

    3

    1

    Novice High

    0

    4

    2

    Intermediate Low, Mid

    1

    5

    3

    Intermediate High

    1+

    6

    4

    Advanced Low, Mid

    2

    7

    4

    Advanced High

    2+

    8

    4

    Superior

    3,3+

    9,10

    4

    Distinguished

    4,4+

    11,12

    4

    Native

    5

    12+0

    4

     

     

    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.)

    In addition, you can find out more about the WA state guidelines for WL Proficiency credits on the OSPI website at: http://www.k12.wa.us/WorldLanguages/StudentsEarnCredits.aspx

    Learn more about the tests on their websites