The state's World Languages K-12 Learning Standards describe what students should know and be able to do as they develop proficiency in a language other than English.
The state learning standards are adopted from the national Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century, as published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
World Languages Learning Standards Toolkit
These documents provide best practice guidance on development of standards-based instructional materials.
Standards Professional Development for World Languages Teachers
Included are professional development presentation materials that can be used for implementation of the Washington State World Languages K-12 Learning Standards. These materials include Leader Guides, PowerPoint presentations, and other supporting documents.
Linking World Languages to Common Core State Standards
The four strands of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language) have been aligned to the National Standards for Learning Languages by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages. View:
Alignment of the National Standards for Learning Languages with the Common Core State Standards. There are also efforts to translate the Common Core State Standards into other languages, in particular, for use in Dual Immersion type programs. For example, see
Common Core Translation Project.
In November 2013, ACTFL unveiled refreshed standards for learning languages that incorporate the Common Core State Standards. View the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages available for download on the ACTFL Publications National Standards page.