Spanish-speaking Idaho high school students get college credit for language skills

High school kids can get college credit for what they already know.

STATESMAN STAFFFebruary 18, 2014 

Twenty-five Spanish-speaking high school students have received 272 college credits through a College of Western Idaho program.

CWI’s program aimed at at-risk students is funded through the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation’s College Readiness program and administers the College Level Examination Program test. The exam is recognized by 2,900 post-secondary schools and gives students an opportunity to earn college credit through proficiency testing for things they already know. The program is part of the College Board, which provides the SAT and Advanced Placement programs.

Students from Ridgeline and Parkview alternative high schools in Nampa School District earned their credits in Spanish.

“Our goal with this initiative is to change the culture of alternative high schools by empowering students who have been often underserved so they might see their potential as they move beyond the secondary system,” said Eric Studebaker, CWI dual enrollment director.

Tests cost $80, according to the College Level Examination program website. The fee is paid through the foundation’s College Readiness Project.

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