PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Rules to implement the basic skills test (WEST-B) required for all applicants to teacher preparation programs and certified teachers from out-of-state applying for a Washington state residency teaching certificate.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 28A.410.220.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: RCW provides that the Professional Educator Standards Board may establish exemptions to the WEST-B for applicants to master's level teacher preparation programs and for certified teachers from out-of-state applying for a Washington state residency teaching certificate.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: We are coordinating with the Washington State Board of Education.
Process for Developing New Rule: Early solicitation of public comments and recommendations respecting new, amended or repealed rules, and consideration of the comments and recommendations in the course of drafting rules.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. For information or schedule of upcoming meetings contact Jennifer Wallace, Executive Director, Professional Educator Standards Board, Old Capitol Building, P.O. Box 47236, Olympia, WA 98504-7236, (360) 725-6275, fax (360) 586-4548, or PESB website www.pesb.wa.gov.
May 20, 2002