The World Language Credit Program allows bilingual students to earn credit for their native language.
Since 2012, the Peninsula School District has offered the program. 17 students have been offered the Washington Seal of Biliteracy for their fluency in their native language.
The test is for language proficiency in all of language literacy, such as speaking, listening, reading, and writing the language.
“Overall, the kids who take (the test) do really well. I’m always impressed with how well they do,” said Erika Arnett, instructional facilitator and ELL program manager. “I think our district is more diverse than people realize.”
“At this age, to be bilingual is pretty special, and we want to honor it,” Arnett said. “(It’s) such a great opportunity for these kids. When I get to say, ‘You get four credits for your native language,’ I just love that part. It just seems fair to me that they should get credit for that.”