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2409 - World Language Mastery-Based Credit

  • Policy

The district recognizes the value of preparing students to be global citizens with the skills to communicate in English and other world languages. In our state’s diverse communities, it is not unusual for students to have various opportunities to develop language skills, for example, by using the language at home, attending language programs offered in the community, learning online or living abroad. The district encourages students and their families to take advantage of any language learning opportunities available to them.

To enable students to fully benefit from the advantages of multilingualism, the district will encourage students to learn to understand, speak, read and write at a high level of language proficiency. Proficiency can also be demonstrated in languages that are only spoken or signed.

As described in the procedures, the district will award world language credits to students based on demonstrated proficiency across a range of language skills.

To ensure cultural responsiveness and equity in awarding mastery-based credit, the district will collect and annually review disaggregated data to see which subgroups of students are receiving mastery-based credit. If disproportionality is found, the district will take appropriate actions to ensure equitable access to these crediting opportunities. 


Cross References:

District Policy 2410 - High School Graduation Requirements


Legal References:

RCW 28A.230.090    High school graduation requirements or equivalencies — Reevaluation of graduation requirements — Review and authorization of proposed changes — Credit for courses taken before attending high school — Postsecondary credit equivalencies

WAC 180-51-050    High school credit — Definition

WAC 180-51-051    Procedure for granting students mastery-based credit


Management Resources:

2023 - December Issue

2019 – July Issue

2010 - August Issue


Adopted: Oct. 7, 2015

Revised Dates: December 18, 2019; January 17, 2024


Administrator Responsibilities:

  • 2000 Series
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Series 6000 - Management Support


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