Regulations Manual

Administrative Regulations Manual & Procedures

Under Policy Governance®, within the directives and limitation listed in the Board Governance Policies, the Board delegates the development and implementation of Administrative Regulations and procedures to the Superintendent and staff, except in regard to issues for which they are mandated by law to take direct action. A comprehensive review and revision of all District policies and procedures was completed between August and December 2015, and the conversion to an Administrative Regulations Manual was completed on February 1, 2016.

Regulations establish legal records and standards of conduct for the school district. Regulations can provide a bridge between the School Board's philosophy and goals and the everyday administration of programs.

The Issaquah School District is continually updating Regulations and procedures to keep current with state laws and regulations as well as best practices. Regulations or procedures on this website may be in transition or in process of being revised. Please contact Tricia Romo, Public Records Officer, if you have a specific policy question or to double-check on a Regulation.

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2000 - Instruction

Credit for Competency/Proficiency Procedure - 2409P

Code: 2409P

Adopted: 8/1/2010

Last Revised Date: 8/18/2018

Competency-Based Credit

Competency-based credit may be awarded in world languages, English language arts, and mathematics for knowledge and skills that a student demonstrates on a District-approved standardized assessment. The District has established the following requirements that students must meet in order to receive competency-based credit.

World Languages Credit for Competency/Proficiency

For purposes of this procedure, a world language is defined as a language other than English and includes, without limitation, American Sign Language, Latin, and Native American or other indigenous languages or dialects.

Demonstrating Competency/Proficiency in a World Language

Assessments for competency in a world language must be aligned to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines in order to ensure consistency across languages. Students must demonstrate competency/proficiency across multiple language skills, including speaking, reading, listening and writing. To assess competency/proficiency, the District will select appropriate assessment instruments that are approved by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

Determining Competency and Credit Equivalencies in a World Language

The District will award one or more credits based on the student demonstrating an overall proficiency level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines as follows:

Novice Mid – 1 credit (Carnegie Unit)
Novice High – 2 credits
Intermediate Low – 3 credits Intermediate
Mid and above – 4 credits

Since students may demonstrate varied levels of proficiency across skills, credits will be awarded based on the lowest common level of proficiency demonstrated across the skill areas.

(Example: If a student demonstrated Intermediate Mid-level proficiency in speaking, but Novice Mid-level in reading and writing, then credits would be awarded based on the lowest common level of demonstrated proficiency, i.e. one credit for Novice Mid. In this example, the student would not receive four credits for Intermediate Mid in speaking and one credit each for Novice Mid in reading and writing. The total award would instead be one world language credit.

English Language Arts and Math Credit for Competency/Proficiency

English language arts or math credits are available through competency-based testing for students who have taken, but not passed, certain English or math courses. In order to receive credit, those students must obtain a specified score on a District-approved standardized assessment in the subject area of the previously-failed course, as follows:

Students who failed an English course during their freshman, sophomore or junior year may receive up to one English credit if they pass the Smarter Balanced English Language Arts assessment at College & Career Readiness level 3 or 4.

Students who failed Algebra 1 or Geometry may receive up to one math credit if they pass the Smarter Balanced Math assessment at College & Career Readiness level 3 or 4.

Paying for Assessments

Testing fees for assessments are the responsibility of students/parents.

Reporting Results

The school will receive official test results for each student participating in the assessment process. A letter will be provided to the student with a copy of the test results and an indication of how many credits, if any, may be awarded. If requested by the student, the school counselors will record the credits earned on the student’s official transcript.


Credits will be awarded with a grade of “Pass.” No letter grades will be awarded for competency-based credits.