WSR 02-24-047

PROPOSED RULES

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION


[ Filed December 3, 2002, 8:57 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 02-15-028.

Title of Rule: WAC 180-78A-700 First peoples' language/culture certification pilot program -- Finding, purposes and intent -- Definitions -- Pilot program established -- Tribal eligibility to participate -- Pilot program requirements -- Assignment of teachers -- Reports.

Purpose: The State Board of Education (SBE) is enhancing the opportunities for all students by helping prevent the loss of first peoples' languages through assisting the state's sovereign neighbors to sustain, maintain or recover their linguistic heritage, history and culture.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.305.130 and 28A.410.010.

Summary: SBE adopt a new section in WAC to address the certification of teachers teaching first peoples' language.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Larry Davis, State Board of Education, Olympia, (360) 725-6024.

Name of Proponent: State Board of Education, governmental.

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

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: First peoples' languages are falling silent, a loss to the cultural heritage of the affected tribes and to the cultural resources of Washington state. Teaching first peoples' languages can be a critical factor in successful education experiences and promoting cultural sensitivity for all students. There are many sovereign tribal nations in the state of Washington. The heritage of these nations comprises unique languages, cultures and world views. It is within the statutory authority of the State Board of Education to enhance the learning opportunities for all students by helping prevent the loss of first peoples' languages through assisting the state's sovereign neighbors to sustain, maintain or recover their linguistic heritage, history and culture.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: Adds new section [to] address first peoples' language.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Not applicable.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. Not applicable.

Hearing Location: Educational Service District 113, 601 McPhee Road S.W., Olympia, WA 98502-5080, on January 15, 2003, at 8:30 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Laura Moore by December 23, 2002, TTY (360) 664-3631 or (360) 725-6027.

Submit Written Comments to: Rules Coordinator, State Board of Education, P.O. Box 47206, Olympia, WA 98504-7206, fax (360) 586-2357, by December 23, 2002.

Date of Intended Adoption: January 17, 2003.

December 2, 2002

Larry Davis

Executive Director

OTS-5985.3


NEW SECTION
WAC 180-78A-700   First peoples' language/culture certification pilot program -- Findings, purposes and intent -- Definitions -- Pilot program established -- Tribal eligibility to participate -- Pilot program requirements -- Assignment of teachers -- Reports.   (1) FINDINGS. The state board of education endorses the following:

(a) Teaching first peoples' languages can be a critical factor in successful educational experiences and promoting cultural sensitivity for all students. The effect is particularly strong for native American students;

(b) First peoples' languages are falling silent. Despite tribal efforts, first peoples' languages are not fully incorporated into the school systems. This is a loss to the cultural heritage of the affected tribes and to the cultural resources of Washington state;

(c) Recognition of native American languages under RCW 28A.230.090(3) and 28B.80.350(2), as satisfying state or local graduation requirements and minimum college admission requirements, while concentrating on promoting a positive impact on student learning through state policies, is insufficient to meet the educational needs of native American students;

(d) The potential to have a positive impact on student learning is in part dependent on the willingness of the local education agency to collaborate with the sovereign tribal government's language/culture program;

(e) It is within the statutory authority of the state board of education to enhance the learning opportunities for all students by helping prevent the loss of first peoples' languages through assisting the state's sovereign neighbors to sustain, maintain or recover their linguistic heritage, history and culture;

(f) From the Multi-Ethnic Think Tank position statement, June 2001:

(i) "...A culturally inclusive pedagogy will ensure the success of all students, who will develop greater appreciation of other cultures and worldviews;"

(ii) "All students have prior experiences that frame their worldview; learn from childbirth and are lifelong learners; can academically achieve at high levels when they are appropriately taught; and are entitled to learn in a multicultural context;"

(g) Research has shown that students who study another language may benefit in the following ways: Greater academic success in other areas of study, including reading, social studies, and mathematics; a clearer understanding of the English language including function, vocabulary and syntax; and an increase on standardized test scores, especially in verbal areas;

(h) From the Native American Languages Act, Public Law 101-477, Section 102, 1990:

(i) "The traditional languages of Native Americans are an integral part of their cultures and identities and form the basic medium for the transmission, and thus survival, of Native American cultures, literatures, histories, religions, political institutions, and values;"

(ii) "Languages are the means of communication for the full range of human experiences and are critical to the survival of cultural and political integrity of any people"; and

(i) There are many sovereign tribal nations in the state of Washington and they serve the needs of many groups of first peoples, each possessing unique languages, cultures and worldviews.

(2) PURPOSES. The purpose of this section is to establish a pilot program to accomplish the following goals:

(a) To honor the sovereign status of tribal governments in their sole expertise in the transmission of their indigenous languages, heritage, cultural knowledge, customs, traditions and best practices for the training of first peoples' language/culture teachers;

(b) Contribute to a positive impact on student learning by promoting continuous improvement of student achievement of the sovereign tribal government's language/culture learning goals, as established by each sovereign tribal government's language/culture program, and by supporting the goals for multi-cultural education included in the 2001 position statement developed by the Washington state Multi-Ethnic Think Tank;

(c) Contribute to the preservation, recovery, revitalization, and promotion of first peoples' languages and cultures;

(d) Meaningfully acknowledge that language is inherently integral to native American culture and ways of life;

(e) Implement in a tangible way the spirit of the 1989 Centennial Accord between Washington state and the sovereign tribal governments in the state of Washington.

(f) Provide a mechanism for the state board of education to recognize tribally qualified language/culture teachers as eligible to receive a Washington state first peoples' language/culture teaching certificate; and

(g) Provide the opportunity for native American students to learn first peoples' languages and cultures while at school and provide another avenue for students to learn core curricula through first peoples' worldviews.

(3) INTENT. It is the intent of the state board of education to work in collaboration with the sovereign tribal governments of Washington state to establish a Washington state first peoples' language/culture teacher certification program on a pilot basis in order to:

(a) Act in a manner consistent with the policy as specified in the Native American Languages Act, P.L. 101-477 Sec. 104(1) "preserve, protect, and promote the rights and freedom of Native Americans to use, practice, and develop Native American languages";

(b) Act in a manner consistent with Washington state's government-to-government relationship with Washington state sovereign tribal governments and use the Washington state first peoples' language/culture certification pilot programs to model effective government-to-government relationships;

(c) Act in a manner consistent with the goal of the state Basic Education Act under RCW 28A.150.210;

(d) Act in a manner consistent with the following purposes of Public Law 107-110, "No Child Left Behind Act":

(i) "Holding schools, local education agencies, and States accountable for improving the academic achievement of all students, and identifying and turning around low-performing schools that have failed to provide a high-quality education to their students, while providing alternatives to students in such schools to enable the students to receive a high-quality education," [Sec. 1002(4)];

(ii) "Providing children an enriched and accelerated educational program, including the use of schoolwide programs or additional services that increase the amount and quality of instructional time," [Sec. 1002(8)];

(iii) "Promoting schoolwide reform and ensuring the access of children to effective, scientifically based instructional strategies and challenging academic content," [Sec. 1002(9)];

(iv) "...Supporting local education agencies, Indian tribes, organizations, postsecondary institutions and other entities to meet the unique education, culturally related academic needs of American Indian and Alaskan Native Students" [Sec. 7102(a)];

(e) Act on its involvement with and adoption of the 1991 joint policy statement on Indian education:

"K-12 American Indian dropout prevention is a priority of schools. Effective education needs to be implemented throughout the K-12 school system if the American Indian student is to achieve academic and personal success";

(f) Acknowledge that there is a public responsibility to make available to all students in the state of Washington an accurate and balanced study of the American Indian experiences with and contributions to life on this continent;

(g) Act on the following state board beliefs:

(i) In order to meet the needs of all students, highly qualified teachers are required;

(ii) All state board of education policies and activities should meet the needs of the state's diverse student population;

(iii) In order for all students to achieve at high levels, multiple learning styles and needs must be supported; and

(h) Act on the following goals from the state board's 2002-05 work plan:

(i) Professional education and certification requirements are aligned with education reform and support a positive impact on student learning;

(ii) All students shall be provided equitable educational opportunities.

(4) DEFINITIONS.

(a) "Positive impact on student learning" shall mean:

(i) The same as under WAC 180-78A-010(8) and 180-16-220 (2)(b); and

(ii)(A) Supporting the goal of basic education under RCW 28A.150.210, "...to provide students with the opportunity to become responsible citizens, to contribute to their own economic well-being and to that of their families and communities, and to enjoy productive and satisfying lives...";

(B) Promoting continuous improvement of student achievement of the state learning goals and the sovereign tribal government's language/culture learning goals as established by each sovereign tribal government's language/culture program;

(C) Recognizing nonacademic student learning and growth related, but not limited, to: Oral traditions, community involvement, leadership, interpersonal relationship skills, teamwork, self-confidence, resiliency, and strengthened unique cultural identities;

(iii) Developing greater appreciation of other cultures and worldviews;

(b) A "culturally sensitive environment" honors the unique history, culture, values, learning styles, and community of the student. For example, to demonstrate the value of the language and culture, the homeroom teacher participates in the language/culture classroom. A "culturally sensitive environment" also includes those provisions as outlined in the Washington state joint policy on equity in education, revised in May 2000.

(c) For the purpose of this section, "highly qualified teachers" shall mean those teachers who meet the standards of the sovereign tribal government's language/culture program.

(5) PILOT PROGRAM ESTABLISHED. A Washington state first peoples' language/culture teacher certification program is established in February 2003 and will continue through the 2005-06 school year. At the end of the 2005-06 school year, the program will be extended, modified or made permanent, as determined by the state board of education in consultation with participating sovereign tribal governments.

(6) TRIBAL ELIGIBILITY TO PARTICIPATE. Any sovereign tribal government in the state of Washington shall be eligible to participate individually on a government-to-government basis in the pilot program.

(7) PROJECT REQUIREMENTS.

(a) Each sovereign tribal government will appoint and certify individuals who meet the tribe's criteria for certification as instructors in the Washington state first peoples' language/culture pilot program.

(b) Each sovereign tribal government's language/culture project shall submit to the state board of education the following information for each eligible language/culture teacher desiring to participate in the pilot project:

(i) Written documentation that each designated teacher has completed the sovereign tribal government's language/culture teacher certification program;

(ii) Written documentation that each designated teacher has completed the background check required under RCW 28A.410.010 and WAC 180-79A-150 (1) and (2);

(iii) Written documentation that each designated teacher has completed a course on issues of abuse as required by RCW 28A.410.035 and WAC 180-79A-030(6);

(iv) Designation of which language(s), or dialects thereof, shall be listed on the Washington state first peoples' language/culture certificate;

(c) After meeting the requirements of subsection (8)(b) of this section and receiving state board of education approval, the office of the superintendent of public instruction shall issue each teacher a Washington state first peoples' language/culture teaching certificate;

(d) To support a positive impact on student learning, the local education agency in consultation with the sovereign tribal government's language/culture program is strongly encouraged to provide:

(i) A minimum of one contact hour per day, five days a week;

(ii) Access to the same students from year to year, to the extent possible, so that students who receive instruction during the first year of the project can continue to receive instruction throughout the three years of the project;

(iii) A culturally sensitive environment as defined in subsection (4)(b) of this section; or

(iv) Some combination of (d)(i), (ii), and (iii) of this subsection which will allow a positive impact on student learning;

(e) To support a positive impact on student learning, the sovereign tribal government's language/culture program will provide written documentation of how teaching the first peoples' language/culture has supported the promotion of continuous improvement of student achievement of the program learning goals as established by each sovereign tribal government's language/culture program;

(f) To support a greater understanding of the government-to-government relationship, the professional development and certification committee of the state board of education and the professional educator standards board are strongly encouraged to make site visits and attend meetings with the local education agency and the sovereign tribal government's language/culture program;

(g) Nothing in this section shall be interpreted as precluding any eligible tribe in consultation with the state or in consultation with any local education agency from entering into an inter-governmental agreement or compact related to the teaching of first peoples' languages and cultures in order to address unique issues related to individual sovereign tribal governments.

(8) ASSIGNMENT OF TEACHERS.

(a) The holder of a Washington state first peoples' language/culture teacher certificate shall be deemed qualified to be a teacher of first peoples' language/culture with the ability to meet individual tribal competency criteria for language/culture, history, and English.

(b) A Washington state first peoples' language/culture teacher certificate qualifies the holder to accept a teaching position in a public school district.

(c) The holder of a Washington state first peoples' language/culture teacher certificate who does not also hold an initial or residency certificate shall be assigned to teach only the language(s)/culture(s) designated on the certificate, and no other subject.

(d) The Washington state first peoples' language/culture teacher certificate is recognized by the state of Washington for as long as the teacher holds a valid language/culture certificate from a participating sovereign tribal government.

(e) A Washington state first peoples' language/culture teacher certificate will serve as the endorsement in first peoples' language/culture for anyone holding an initial or residency certificate.

(9) REPORTS.

(a) Annually, for the duration of the pilot program, each participating tribe shall submit a report to the state board of education with documentation of how its particular project is having a positive impact on student learning.

(b) Not later than October 31, 2006, the professional development and certification committee of the state board of education, in consultation with the participating sovereign tribal governments and the professional educator standards board, shall create and submit a report to the state board of education with the following information:

(i) An end of program analysis of the positive impact on student learning of each pilot project;

(ii) An appraisal of the government-to-government relationships established under the program, at both the state and local levels; and

(iii) The report shall include a recommendation on whether to extend, modify or make permanent the Washington state first peoples' language/culture teacher certification pilot program.

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Reviser's note: The brackets and enclosed material in the text of the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appear in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office