World Language Credit By Exam (CBE-WL)
PPS uses a variety of web-based assessments (APPLL, WORLD SPEAK and STAMP) as an option for high school students to earn academic credits for language proficiency. Currently the PSU Hebrew test is NOT approved by PPS for earning credit.
For the STAMP (STAndards-based Measurement of Proficiency) is students should be native English speakers or ESL students with high intermediate to advanced English.
Practice Tests are available for the STAMP only:
Click here for all STAMP languages.
- Amharic (W)
- *Arabic (S)
- Armenian (W)
- Chin-Hakha (W)
- Czech (W)
- Filipino (W)
- *French (S)
- *German (S)
- Hatian-Creole (W)
- *Hebrew (S)
- *Hindi (S)
- Hmong (W)
- Ilocano (W)
- *Italian (S)
- *Japanese (S)
- *Korean (S)
- *Mandarin Simplified (S)
- *Mandarin Traditional (S)
- *Polish (S)
- *Portuguese (S)
- *Russian (S)
- Samoan (W)
- Somali MaayMaay (W)
- Somali Maxaa (W)
- AAPPL Spanish (A)
- *Spanish (S)
- Tamil (W)
- Teluga (W)
- Thai (A)
- Turkish (W)
- Urdu (W)
- Vietnamese (W)
- Yup'ik (W)
*Students must be at ESL Intermediate or above.
In District: $0 for students currently enrolled in a PPS school
Out of District: $50 for OOD or students currently enrolled in a non-PPS school
(If paying by check or money orders, make payable to Portland Public Schools. Please note "PPS CBE-WL testing" on the check. Payment in advance is required for non-PPS students.)
Schedule and Registration:
STAMP and Other CBE-WL Testing for Grades 9-12 only
NOT AVAILABLE FOR CURRENT 8th GRADERS
2019-20 STAMP dates are currently in process. The dates below are approximations.
- September 26, 2019. 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM @ Wilson High School CLOSED
- October 23, 2019. 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM @ Cleveland High School CLOSED
- November 13, 2019. 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM @ Benson High School CLOSED
- January 22, 2020. 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM @ Holladay Annex CLOSED
- February 19, 2020. 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM @ Holladay Annex CLOSED
- March 18, 2020. 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM @ Benson High School CLOSED
- April 22, 2020. 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM @ Wilson High School
- May 13, 2020. 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM @ Benson High School
STAMP and CBE-WL testing for Non-PPS Students
- Priority for all CBE-WL testing slots is for students currently enrolled in a PPS high school. Non-PPS students may register for open slots through their high school counselor. Students will be placed on a wait list. On the day of the test, students should arrive at the test site at the time provided on the registration email. After all PPS students have signed in, NonPPS students will be invited to take the test if slots remain. NOTE: Given the high demand for CBE-WL tests in PPS, the number of open slots for NonPPS students is extremely limited.
STAMP and CBE-WL Testing for 8th Grade PPS students:
- Please contact your middle school counselor for the exam details.
- If the student is in an DLI school, contact Michael Bacon for language testing options.
- If not in a DLI school, but the student is both bilingual and biliterate, they may benefit from taking the STAMP when they are in the 9th grade. To this end, PPS offers STAMP testing for 8th graders in NON DLI schools in June (after the last day of school at one high school site.)
- Registration opens in May and is limited to 40 slots.
- The STAMP is designed to test native speakers who are bilingual AND biliterate in the native language. It is not designed to be a placement test. In 2018, fewer than 40% of incoming 9th graders students who took the STAMP earned credit. So careful selection is important to ensure that students who take the test are both bilingual and biliterate.
Diane Berthoin-Hernandez, LCO/VS Administrator, email@example.com, 503-916-6120, or x71730
Keisha Mateo, Senior Clerk, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-916-6120, x71732