WSR 02-17-100

PROPOSED RULES

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR

STANDARDS BOARD

[ Filed August 21, 2002, 8:01 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 02-11-110.

Title of Rule: Title 181 WAC.

Purpose: Recommendations regarding proposed exceptions to the passage of a 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 beginning September 1, 2002.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.410.210, 28A.410.220.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 28A.410.210, 28A.410.220.

Summary: The proposed rule will grant out-of-state certified teachers applying for a Washington state residency teaching certificate up to one year to take and successfully pass the WEST-B basic skills test.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The WEST-B will not be administered outside the state of Washington. Thus certified teachers from out-of-state applying for a Washington state residency teaching certificate need an opportunity to register and take the test once they have relocated to the state. Since out-of-state teachers often seek and obtain a teaching position in Washington prior to relocating, the district should be allowed to provisionally employ these teachers according to State Board of Education rules regarding provisional employment (chapter 79A-128 WAC) until they have adequate opportunity to take the test.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Jennifer Wallace, Professional Educator Standards Board, (360) 725-6275.

Name of Proponent: Professional Educator Standards Board, governmental.

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

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: The proposed rule change will allow out-of-state certified teachers applying for a Washington state residency teaching certificate up to one year to take and successfully pass the WEST-B basic skills test and, consistent with existing State Board of Education rules (WAC 79A-128 [WAC 180-79A-128]) which allow districts to provisionally employ these teachers if all other requirements for residency certification have been met.

Proposal does not change existing rules.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption.

Hearing Location: ESD 105, Yakima Room, 33 South 2nd Avenue, Yakima, WA 98902, on September 24, 2002, at 8:30 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Pam Abbott by September 9, 2002, TDD (360) 664-3631 or (360) 725-6275.

Submit Written Comments to: Professional Educator Standards Board, P.O. Box 47236, Olympia, WA 98504, fax (360) 586-4548, by September 9, 2002.

Date of Intended Adoption: September 25, 2002.

August 20, 2002

Jennifer Wallace

PESB Executive Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 181-01-001   WEST-B exemption.   Individuals applying for a Washington State residency teaching certificate who have completed a teacher preparation program in another state or country have up to one calendar year from issuance of temporary permit to pass the WEST-B basic skills test, provided that they have completed all other requirements for residency certification other than passage of the WEST-B and are thus eligible for a temporary permit under WAC 180-79A-128.

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