APS News Release

APS Students Demonstrate Strong Proficiency in World Languages

The World Languages Office announced the Language Proficiency Credit-by-Examination results for the 2016-2017 school year.

  • 291 APS students in grades 7-12 took the exam in 32 languages.
  • 80% of the examinees received three or four credits.
  • 183 students (63%) earned four credits, which makes them eligible to receive both the Advanced Studies Diploma and the Virginia Seal of Biliteracy.
  • 50 students (17%) earned three credits, making them eligible for the Advanced Studies Diploma.
  • The remaining 58 students (20%) earned from 0-2 credits.

More than 71% of the students who received credit are English Language Learners who currently are, or have been, enrolled in English Language Learner (ELL) services. At the end of the school year, all students enrolled in Spanish for Fluent Speakers Level III or any other APS Levels IV and V, Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) of a world language will be assessed and may demonstrate a level of proficiency that meets the criteria for the Virginia Seal of Biliteracy.