New Language Requirements For Everett Students

October 5, 2015

Everett, Everett Schools

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Graduates in the Everett School District class of 2019 and beyond must have two world language credits. Some could get those credits this fall – just by taking a test to affirm language skills. Registration deadline for tests is Oct. 8 at each high school; test fees vary by language.

This year’s Freshman class in the Everett School District is facing new requirements for speaking a second language in order to graduate. Here’s an update on the new rules from Everett Schools…

Being fluent in a language other than English is increasingly important. Today’s students will be working with people from all over the globe – whether their future careers are based in the United States or other countries.

Although fluency in another language is not a requirement for students who graduate from high school in the next three years (2016, 2017 and 2018), students who graduate in 2019 and later must earn two credits in a world language to qualify for a diploma.

This year, high schools in the district will give proficiency tests to students who speak other languages fluently. “A student who scores ‘proficient’ on the test will also get high school credit for speaking that language,” explained Georgia Lindquist who is in charge of the district’s middle and high school literacy and humanities programs. “If they score well enough, they could also be recognized with a state Seal of Biliteracy.”

The Seal of Biliteracy is new this year for students in Washington state, although there are a growing number of states who have adopted the program and its standards. According to the website of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for the state of Washington, the seal’s purpose is to increase the number of citizens fluent and productive in multiple world languages.

According to sealofbiliteracy.org, Washington state is one of only 11 states and the District of Columbia to have legally approved the Seal of Biliteracy endorsement on high school diplomas.

Everett Public Schools is also looking at ways to build more world language classes into students’ schedule options. “We are researching how to make more world language classes available to more students in high school and before high school,” notes Superintendent Gary Cohn. “This is important so they have opportunities before ninth-grade to establish language fluency.” This fall’s world language testing opportunities are also ways for students in high school now to earn another credit and to earn the state’s Seal of Biliteracy emblazoned on their diplomas.”

Test registration deadline, schedule and details

  • Registration deadline is Thursday, Oct. 8 – at Cascade, Everett and Jackson high schools
  • Test fees vary by language
  • Languages tested are:

o   Arabic

o   Chinese (Mandarin simplified)

o   Chinese (Mandarin traditional)

o   French

o   German

o   Hebrew

o   Italian

o   Japanese

o   Russian

o   Spanish

  • Test dates are:

o   Everett High School, Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. -1 p.m.

o   Henry M. Jackson High School, Saturday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

o   Cascade High School, Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

(The tests are not timed; the 1 p.m. end time is an estimate)

If students speak a language other than those listed, they are asked to send name, high school, grade level and the name of the language toWLA@everettsd.org.


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3 Responses to “New Language Requirements For Everett Students”

  1. Terry Tobin Says:

    You didn’t have to take a proficiency test and not all students had to take a foreign language. The military, business and private individuals have traveled and operated all over the globe without the benefit of this requirement and seem to have done amazingly well. My experience is not that we need more foreign language training for everyone, its that we need more English proficiency. But since the Education establishment has little to do with the real world, they probably don’t notice.

  2. Eleanore Says:

    Don’t know what the uproar is about in 1974 we had to take Spanish in order to pass

  3. Mark Warren Says:

    This is an idea whos time has come. Good work Everett for seeing the future and jumping on the solutions.