2409 Policy – Credit for Competency/Proficiency

World Languages

Bellingham Public Schools 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.

In order to recognize the language proficiency of students, the superintendent is directed to develop procedures for awarding world language credits to students based on demonstrated proficiency across a range of language skills.


Approved By: Greg Baker
Adopted/Previous Revisions: 04/26/12; 05/20/14
Updated: 02/20/19
Superintendent or Board Approved: Superintendent Approved
Legal References: Content

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

WAC180-51-050, High school credit — Definition


Management Resources: Content

Policy News, August 2010, Competency Based Credits