District Policy for World Languages - High School Credit and Testing:

Dear Parent(s) and/or Guardians,

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information regarding the World Language proficiency assessment called Stamp4s.  Eighth grade students enrolled in a world language course in junior high will have the opportunity to challenge the high school world language curriculum by taking the Stamp4s exam.  The Stamp4s will determine language proficiency levels through a web-based assessment that engages students in real-world scenarios in order to determine proficiency in the domains of Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking in the target language.  Students demonstrating proficiency on the assessment will be awarded high school world language credit in Mesa Public Schools.  

The assessment will be administered during the month of May 2017.  The proficiency level on the final assessment will determine if your student will receive high school credit. 

 Upon receiving your student’s proficiency scores on the final assessment, you will have the opportunity to consider the following three options:

1.       If your student demonstrates proficiency on the assessment, s/he may be awarded up to two (2) high school world language credits, one per course level taken.  The grades earned in the junior high world language course(s) will be recorded on the MPS high school (9-12) transcript and will be included in the student’s grade point average and college core, and will not be removed.  Students in this category will be eligible to enroll in the next course level of the same language in their freshman year (9th grade).  Parents and students should be aware that senior high schools outside of Mesa Public Schools are not obligated to accept the MPS assessment results as evidence of “earned” high school credit. 

2.      If your student does not demonstrate proficiency on the assessment, s/he will not be awarded any high school world language credit.  The grades earned in the junior high world language course(s) will not be recorded on the Mesa Public Schools high school (9-12) transcript, and will not be included in the student’s grade point average and College Core.  Students in this category will be eligible to enroll in the appropriate high school world language course in their freshman year (9th grade).

3.      If your student demonstrates proficiency on the assessment but you do not want the grades earned in the junior high world language course(s) to be recorded on your student’s MPS high school (9-12) transcript, you will notify your student’s high school’s registrar.  As a result of your notification, the student will not be awarded any high school world language credit, regardless of passing scores on the assessment.  Students in this category will be eligible to enroll in the appropriate high school world language course in their freshman year (9th grade).

For more information about the assessment, please visit http://www.avantassessment.com/.  If you have any further questions, please contact your student’s teacher or World Language Content Specialist, Veronica Betance at (480) 472-0305 or via email at vbetancesandoval@mpsaz.org.