WSR 97-19-055

PROPOSED RULES

SUPERINTENDENT OF

PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

[Filed September 15, 1997, 10:44 a.m.]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 97-16-096.

Title of Rule: Chapter 392-121 WAC, Basic education funding--Certificated instructional staff component.

Purpose: Modifies what can be counted as credits for placement on the state-wide salary allocation schedule in response to chapter 90, Laws of 1997. Incorporates standards for internships in chapter 180-83 WAC and degree equivalency in chapter 180-79A WAC.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.150.290.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 28A.415.023.

Summary: See Purpose above.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: See Purpose above.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Richard M. Wilson, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia, 753-2298; Implementation: John Molohon, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia, 753-6708; and Enforcement: Michael L. Bigelow, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia, 753-1718.

Name of Proponent: Superintendent of Public Instruction, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: See Purpose above.

Proposal does not change existing rules.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The rule will have a minor or negligible economic impact.

Section 201, chapter 403, Laws of 1995, does not apply to this rule adoption.

Hearing Location: Wanamaker Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Old Capitol Building, 600 South Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98504-7200, on October 21, 1997, at 9:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jim Rich by October 7, 1997, TDD (360) 664-3631, or (360) 753-6733.

Submit Written Comments to: Rules Coordinator, Legal Services, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504, FAX (360) 753-4201, by October 20, 1997.

Date of Intended Adoption: October 22, 1997.

September 15, 1997

Dr. Terry Bergeson

Superintendent of

Public Instruction

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 95-09, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95)

WAC 392-121-245 Definition--Certificated years of experience. Regardless of the experience factors used by a school district for the purposes of its salary schedule(s), as used in this chapter, the term "certificated years of experience" means the number of years of accumulated full-time and part-time professional education employment prior to the current reporting school year in the state of Washington, out-of-state, and a foreign country. School districts shall report all certificated years of experience including those beyond the experience limit of the school district's salary schedule.

(1) Professional education employment shall be limited to the following:

(a) Employment in public or private preschools or elementary and secondary schools in positions which require certification where:

(i) Schools include the Centrum education program, the Pacific Science Center education program, and educational centers authorized under chapter 28A.205 RCW;

(ii) Certification means the concurrent public professional education licensing requirements established in the state, province, country, or other governmental unit in which employment occurred;

(b) Employment in public or private vocational-technical schools, technical colleges, community/junior colleges, colleges, and universities in positions comparable to those which require certification in Washington school districts;

(c) Employment in a governmental educational agency with regional administrative responsibilities for preschool, elementary, and/or secondary education including but not limited to an educational service district, office of the superintendent of public instruction, or United States department of education in any professional position including but not limited to C.P.A., architect, business manager, or physician;

(d) Experience in the following areas:

(i) Military, Peace Corps, or Vista service which interrupted professional employment included in (a), (b), or (c) of this subsection; and

(ii) Sabbatical leave.

(e) For nondegreed vocational instructors, up to a maximum of six years of management experience as defined in WAC 180-77-003 acquired after the instructor meets the minimum vocational certification requirements established in WAC ((180-77-040)) 180-77-041 (1)(a). If a degree is obtained while employed in the state of Washington as a nondegreed vocational instructor, the eligible years of management experience pursuant to this subsection reported on Report S-275 prior to the awarding of the degree shall continue to be reported but shall not increase.

(2) Years of full-time and part-time professional education employment prior to the current reporting school year are accumulated as follows:

(a) For each professional education employment which is not employment as a casual substitute pursuant to subsection (1)(a) of this section;

(i) Determine the total number of hours per year for an employee working full-time with each employer;

(ii) Determine the number of hours per year with each employer excluding unpaid leave;

(iii) Calculate the quotient of the hours determined in (((b)(i))) (a)(ii) of this subsection divided by the hours in (((b)(ii))) (a)(i) of this subsection to two decimals for each year.

(b) For professional education employment as a casual substitute pursuant to subsection (1)(a) of this section:

(i) Determine the total number of full-time equivalent substitute days per year;

(ii) Calculate the quotient of full-time equivalent days determined in (b)(i) of this subsection divided by 180 to two decimals for each year.

(c) No more than 1.0 year may be accumulated in any traditional nine-month academic year or any twelve-month period.

(i) Accumulate, for each year, professional education employment calculated in (a)(iii) and (b)(ii) of this subsection.

(ii) Determine the smaller of the result in (c)(i) of this subsection or 1.00 for each year.

(d) Determine certificated years of experience as the accumulation of all years of professional education employment calculated in (c)(ii) of this subsection and report such years to the nearest tenth.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290. 95-21-096 (Order 95-09), 392-121-245, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290, 28A.150.400 and the Biennial Operating Appropriations Act. 94-01-190, 392-121-245, filed 12/22/93, effective 1/22/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.41.055 and 28A.41.170. 88-03-013 (Order 88-8), 392-121-245, filed 1/11/88.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 95-09, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95)

WAC 392-121-257 Definition--In-service credits. As used in this chapter, "in-service credits" means credits determined as follows:

(1) Credits are earned:

(a) After August 31, 1987; and

(b) After the awarding or conferring of the employee's first bachelor's degree.

(2) Credits are earned on or before October 1 of the year for which allocations are being calculated pursuant to this chapter.

(3) Credits are earned in either:

(a) A locally approved in-service training program which means a program approved by a school district board of directors, and meeting standards adopted by the state board of education pursuant to the standards in WAC 180-85-200 and the development of which has been participated in by an in-service training task force whose membership is the same as provided under RCW 28A.415.040; or

(b) A state approved continuing education program offered by an education agency approved to provide in-service for the purposes of continuing education as provided for under rules adopted by the state board of education pursuant to chapter 180-85 WAC.

(4) Credits are not earned for the purpose of satisfying the requirements of the employee's next highest degree.

(5) Credits earned after September 1, 1995, must satisfy the additional requirements of WAC 392-121-262.

(6) Credits are not counted as academic credits pursuant to WAC 392-121-255 or nondegree credits pursuant to WAC 392-121-259.

(7) Ten locally approved in-service or state approved continuing education credit hours defined in WAC 180-85-030 equal one in-service credit.

(8) Each forty hours of participation in an approved internship with a business, industry, or government agency pursuant to chapter 180-83 WAC equals one in-service credit.

(a) No more than two in-service credits may be earned as a result of an internship during any calendar-year period.

(b) Each individual is limited to a maximum of fifteen in-service credits earned from internships.

(9) Accumulate credits to the nearest tenth.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290. 95-21-096 (Order 95-09), 392-121-257, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290, 28A.150.400 and the Biennial Operating Appropriations Act. 94-01-190, 392-121-257, filed 12/22/93, effective 1/22/94. Statutory Authority: 1990 c 33. 90-16-002 (Order 18), 392-121-257, filed 7/19/90, effective 8/19/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.41.055 and 28A.41.170. 88-03-013 (Order 88-8), 392-121-257, filed 1/11/88.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 95-09, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95)

WAC 392-121-259 Definition--Nondegree credits. As used in this chapter, "nondegree credits" means credits recognized for nondegreed basic education certificated instructional employees as follows:

(1) Zero credits shall be recognized for persons holding a valid certificate other than a certificate included in subsection (2) or (3) of this section.

(2) Thirty credits shall be recognized for persons holding a valid continuing or standard school nurse certificate.

(3) Persons holding valid vocational certificates as provided for in chapter 180-77 WAC shall accumulate recognized credits as follows:

(a) One credit for each ten clock hours of vocational educator training meeting the requirements of WAC 180-77-003 (2), (9), or (((11))) (12).

(b) One credit for each one hundred clock hours of occupational experience as defined in WAC 180-77-003(7) such that each calendar year is limited to a maximum of twenty credits.

(c) Clock hours used in determining credits in (a) and (b) of this subsection must be earned after meeting the minimum vocational certification requirements as established in WAC 180-77-041(1).

(4) Credits earned after September 1, 1995, must satisfy the additional requirements of WAC 392-121-262.

(5) Accumulate credits to the nearest tenth.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290. 95-21-096 (Order 95-09), 392-121-259, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290, 28A.150.400 and the Biennial Operating Appropriations Act. 94-01-190, 392-121-259, filed 12/22/93, effective 1/22/94.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 95-09, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95)

WAC 392-121-262 Definition--Additional criteria for all credits. Credits earned after September 1, 1995, must satisfy the following criteria in addition to those found in WAC 392-121-255, 392-121-257, and 392-121-259:

(1) At the time credits are recognized by the school district the content of the course must meet at least one of the following:

(a) It is consistent with ((the school district's strategic plan for improving student learning;

(b) It is consistent with)) a school-based plan for ((improving)) mastery of student learning ((developed under student learning improvement block grants)) goals as referenced in RCW 28A.320.205, the annual school performance report, for the school in which the individual is assigned;

(((c))) (b) It pertains to the individual's current assignment or expected assignment for the following school year;

(((d))) (c) It is necessary for obtaining endorsement as prescribed by the state board of education;

(((e))) (d) It is specifically required for obtaining advanced levels of certification; or

(((f))) (e) It is included in a college or university degree program that pertains to the individual's current assignment or potential future assignment as a certificated instructional staff of the school district, where the potential of the future assignment is agreed upon by the school district and the individual;

(2) Credits which have been determined to meet one or more of the criteria in subsection (1) of this section shall continue to be recognized in subsequent school years and by subsequent school district employers; and

(3) Credits not recognized in a school year may be recognized in a subsequent school year if there is a change in the qualifying criteria such as a change in state board of education rules, a change in the district's strategic plan, a change in the school-based plan for the school in which the individual is assigned, a change in the individual's assignment, or a change in the individual's employer.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290. 95-21-096 (Order 95-09), 392-121-262, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 95-09, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95)

WAC 392-121-280 Placement on LEAP salary allocation documents--Documentation required. School districts shall have documentation on file and available for review which substantiates each basic education certificated instructional employee's placement on LEAP salary allocation documents. The minimum requirements are as follows:

(1) Districts shall document the date of awarding or conferring of the highest degree including the date upon which the degree was awarded or conferred as recorded on the diploma or transcript from the registrar of the regionally accredited institution of higher education.

(a) If the highest degree is a master's degree, the district shall also document the date of awarding or conferring of the first bachelor's degree.

(b) If the degree was awarded by an institution which does not confer degrees after each term, and all degree requirements were completed at a time other than the date recorded on the diploma or transcript, a written statement from the registrar of the institution verifying a prior completion date shall be adequate documentation.

(c) If the degree program was completed in a country other than the United States documentation must include a written statement of degree equivalency for the appropriate degree from a foreign credentials' evaluation agency approved by the office of superintendent of public instruction.

(2) Districts shall document academic credits by having on file a transcript from the registrar of the regionally accredited institution of higher education granting the credits. For purposes of this subsection:

(a) An academic credit is deemed "earned" at the end of the term for which it appears on the transcript: Provided, That a written statement from the registrar of the institution verifying a prior earned date may establish the date a credit was earned;

(b) Washington state community college credits numbered one hundred and above are deemed transferable for purposes of WAC 392-121-255(4) subject to the limitations of that same subsection;

(c) Credits are not deemed "earned" at an institution of higher education which transfers-in credits. Such credits must be documented using a transcript from the initial granting institution and are subject to all the limitations of WAC 392-121-255; and

(d) For credits earned after September 1, 1995, districts shall document that the course content meets one or more of the criteria of WAC 392-121-262(1). At a minimum, such documentation must include a dated signature of the immediate principal, supervisor, or other authorized school district representative and must be available to the employee's future employers.

(3) Districts shall document in-service credits;

(a) By having on file a document meeting standards established in WAC 180-85-107; and

(b) For credits earned after September 1, 1995, districts shall document that the course content meets one or more of the criteria of WAC 392-121-262(1). At a minimum, such documentation must include a dated signature of the immediate principal, supervisor, or other authorized school district representative and must be available to the employee's future employers.

(4) Districts shall document nondegree credits.

(a) For vocational educator training credits pursuant to WAC 392-121-259(3) districts shall have on file a document meeting standards established in WAC 180-85-107 and evidence that the training was authorized pursuant to WAC 180-77-003 (2), (9), or (((11))) (12).

(b) For credits calculated from converted occupational experience pursuant to WAC 392-121-259(3) districts shall have on file documents which provide:

(i) Evidence that the occupational experience meets the requirements of WAC 180-77-003(7);

(ii) Evidence of the individual's actual number of hours of employment for each year including dates of employment; and

(iii) The district calculation of converted credits pursuant to WAC 392-121-259(3).

(c) For credits earned after September 1, 1995, districts shall document that the course content meets one or more of the criteria of WAC 392-121-262(1). At a minimum, such documentation must include a dated signature of the immediate principal, supervisor, or other authorized school district representative and must be available to the employee's future employers.

(5) Districts shall document certificated years of experience as follows:

(a) For certificated years of experience obtained and reported on Report S-275 prior to the 1994-95 school year districts shall have on file documents that provide evidence of employment including dates of employment.

(b) For certificated years of experience reported on Report S-275 for the first time after the 1993-94 school year districts shall have on file:

(i) The total number of hours per year for an employee working full-time with each employer;

(ii) The number of hours per year and dates of employment with each employer excluding unpaid leave: Provided, That documentation of hours in excess of one full-time certificated year of experience in any twelve-month period is not required;

(iii) The quotient of the hours determined in (b)(((i))) (ii) of this subsection divided by the hours in (b)(((ii))) (i) of this subsection to two decimals for each year;

(iv) The name and address of the employer;

(v) For those counting out-of-district experience pursuant to WAC 392-121-245(1), evidence whether or not the position required professional education certification pursuant to WAC 392-121-245 (1)(((b))) (a)(ii);

(vi) For those counting experience pursuant to WAC 392-121-245(((2))) (1)(b), a brief description of the previous employment which documents the school district's decision that the position was comparable to one requiring certification in the Washington school districts;

(vii) For those counting management experience pursuant to WAC 392-121-245(((5))) (1)(e), evidence that the experience meets the requirements of WAC 180-77-003(6).

(6) Any documentation required by this section may be original or copies of the original: Provided, That each copy is subject to school district acceptance or rejection.

(7) The falsification or deliberate misrepresentation, including omission of a material fact concerning degrees, credits, or experience by an education practitioner as defined in WAC 180-87-035 shall be deemed an act of unprofessional conduct pursuant to WAC 180-87-050. In such an event the provisions of chapters 180-86 and 180-87 WAC shall apply.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290. 95-21-096 (Order 95-09), 392-121-280, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290, 28A.150.400 and the Biennial Operating Appropriations Act. 94-01-190, 392-121-280, filed 12/22/93, effective 1/22/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290. 92-23-044 (Order 92-15), 392-121-280, filed 11/16/92, effective 12/17/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290 and 1990 1st ex.s. c 16 502. 91-02-097 (Order 51), 392-121-280, filed 1/2/91, effective 2/2/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.41.055 and 28A.41.170. 88-03-013 (Order 88-8), 392-121-280, filed 1/11/88.]

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