World Language Graduation Requirement

For more information, visit the OSPI World Language page.

To learn more about the 24-Credit Graduation Requirements, visit the OSPI Graduation Requirements page.

Starting with the class of 2019 in Washington State (or 2021 in some districts that got a waiver), there is a new high school graduation requirement of 2 credits of world language for most students. World language teachers are working in their districts to encourage middle and high schools to prepare for expanding offerings of world languages to more students in more schools


The Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT) requested clarification from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the State Board of Education about several aspects of the new 2-credit requirement. In 2017, WAFLT issued a letter to districts outlining useful information for families and students. We are currently revising the letter for 2020-2021. 


* Both credits may be a Personalized Pathway Requirement. Personalized Pathway Requirements are related courses that lead to a specific post high school career or educational outcome chosen by the student based on the student’s interests and High School and Beyond Plan that may include Career and Technical Education, and are intended to provide a focus for the student’s learning.