World Language Competency Credit

In the Monroe School District, we value the power of biliteracy. Our students can develop their language skills in a variety of ways including completing world language courses or by earning credit through competency/proficiency testing.

Students seeking to earn credit through competency/proficiency testing should sign up to participate in World Language Competency Credit testing at their respective high school. The assessment will be offered two times a year, once in the fall and again in the spring and costs approximately $20. 

If students demonstrate at least a Novice Mid proficiency level, they receive a letter indicating their demonstrated proficiency levels and the number of high school credits earned. The district awards one or more credits based on overall proficiency according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency guidelines, as follows:

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

For more information on the Proficiency Guidelines and what a Novice, Intermediate or Advanced proficiency means, you can read more here. You can also find examples of writing in your language at each proficiency level by clicking here

Students can earn a maximum of four credits through World Language Competency Credit testing. If students earn four credits in the same language through competency testing and meets all other graduation requirements, they are eligible to receive the Seal of Biliteracy upon graduation. You can learn more about the Seal of Biliteracy by watching the World Language Credit Program Honors Bilingual Immigrant Students video. 


2020-21 COVID Adjustments

This year, due to remote learning, safety and physical distancing protocols, and unique transportation needs of families and students, MHS will be offering the World Language Competency Credit test on a Saturday in person at Monroe HS. Testing will be conducted in small group settings following the safety and physical distancing procedures we are required to adhere to when students enter the building.

Although MHS is committed to offering Biliteracy Testing for the 2020-21 school year, we need to limit the capacity to test students in order to keep everyone safe. Therefore we will give priority to current 11th and 12th graders who need credit to graduate first. 

Depending on the number of students who sign up to take the test, we may offer a second testing date to be determined later in the year. 

Please be aware that as conditions change, testing plans may change as well. Any updates will  be posted here.