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 $25.
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.
Taking the World Language Competency Exam
The World Language Competency exam is offered periodically throughout each school year - schools who offer the exam will share specific test dates and times with students and families. Students who wish to take the exam must register in advance.
Preparing for the test
If you’re interested in learning more now, please go to Avant Assessment’s website to review the format of the assessment. In addition, you may wish to review these helpful study tips and take this self-assessment to help you prepare for the test.
Sample test access: Avant Assessment - STAMP 4s
Taking the test
For the STAMP test: bring your photo ID, fully charged Chromebook charger. Arrive on time. You will get an email the week of testing to share important information.
Getting the results
Four to six weeks following the test, you will receive a letter from the district informing you of your scores and how much credit you earned, as well as official score reports from the testing company. By the end of the school year in which you take the test, the credits you earned will be viewable in Skyward under your Graduation Requirements tab and specifically, World Language or Electives. Scores and credits will also be shared with your counselor and the registrar at your school. They will add this information to your transcript.