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COMP - Certificate of Multilingual Proficiency

The Indiana Certificate of Multilingual Proficiency is an award made by a participating school corporation, charter school or accredited nonpublic high school designating on a student’s transcript that the student has attained a high level of proficiency, sufficient for meaningful use in college and a career, in one or more languages in addition to English. Multilingual proficiency refers to having a functional level of proficiency in each language: the level of proficiency is not necessarily identical for both languages. The Certificate serves to certify the attainment of proficiency in multiple languages by students for employers and universities. It is a statement of accomplishment that helps to signal evidence of a student’s readiness for career and/or college and for engagement as a global citizen. The focus is on achieving the level of proficiency required for English and the level of proficiency required for one or more other languages.

The Indiana Certificate of Multilingual Proficiency is created to:

  • strengthen intergroup relationships, affirm the value of diversity, and honor the multiple cultures and languages of a community
  • recognize the value of world language and native language instruction in public schools and encourage students to study a world language
  • prepare students with the skills required as a graduate of the 21st century
  • certify the attainment of multilingual proficiency
  • provide postsecondary educational institutions with an additional method to recognize applicants for admission
  • provide state, national and international employers with a method of identifying individuals with language and multilingual proficiency skills
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Qualifying for the Indiana Certificate of Multilingual Proficiency

Step 1

  • Students must earn six credits in a single World Language (WL) through coursework.
  • If a student enrolls already proficient in a WL, a score of Intermediate High or beyond, on the WL assessment can serve as a demonstration of proficiency in lieu of coursework. Assessment can be taken at any time during their high school career.

Step 2

  • Students must pass an approved external assessment in the WL at an Intermediate High level of proficiency.
  • The approval assessments and score guides are available on the CoMP webpage.


Step 3

  • Students must earn at least eight credits in English/Language Arts.
  • Students must pass the English/Language Arts, graduation qualifying exam.
  • Students receiving, or who have received English Language services may use their WIDA ACCESS scores of 5.0 or higher.
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