WSR 10-09-037

PROPOSED RULES

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR

STANDARDS BOARD

[ Filed April 14, 2010, 1:14 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 09-21-068.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Amends WAC 181-79A-294 [181-82A-204], removes requirement for contracted employment experience from rules governing teachers seeking additional endorsements.

Hearing Location(s): Red Lion Hotel, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia, WA 98502, on July 21, 2010, at 8:30 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: July 21, 2010.

Submit Written Comments to: David Brenna, Legislative and Policy Coordinator, P.O. Box 47236, Olympia, WA 98504, e-mail david.brenna@k12.wa.us, fax (360) 586-4548, by July 14, 2010.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact David Brenna by July 14, 2010, TTY (360) 664-3631 or (360) 725-6238.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Current requirement for adding endorsements is to demonstrate ninety days experience in the classroom that is "contracted." This language is a barrier to some teachers who have experience, but not a contract with the district. Amendment removes the word "contracted" from the rule.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Unintended impact from economic conditions and statutory changes for professional certification.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.410.210.

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

Agency Comments or Recommendations, if any, as to Statutory Language, Implementation, Enforcement, and Fiscal Matters: Amends WAC 181-79A-204 [181-82A-204].

Name of Proponent: Professional educator standards board, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: David Brenna, P.O. Box 42736 [47236], Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 725-6238.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed amendment does not have an impact on small business and therefore does not meet the requirements for a statement under RCW 19.85.030 (1) or (2).

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. No cost impact. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting David Brenna, P.O. Box 47236, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 725-6238, fax (360) 586-3631, e-mail david.brenna@k12.wa.us.

April 14, 2010

David Brenna

Legislative and

Policy Coordinator

OTS-3181.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 09-12-057 and 09-22-052, filed 5/28/09 and 10/29/09, effective 6/28/09 and 11/29/09)

WAC 181-82A-204   Endorsement requirements.   (1) Candidates completing endorsements required to obtain a residency certificate, shall complete college/university teacher preparation programs approved by the professional educator standards board pursuant to chapter 181-78A WAC, which include methodology (see WAC 181-78A-264(5)) and field experience/internship (see WAC 181-78A-264(6)) and pursuant to endorsement program approval requirements in this chapter.

(2) In order to add an additional endorsement, the candidate shall:

(a) Have completed a state-approved endorsement program which includes methodology (see WAC 181-78A-264(5)) and addresses all endorsement-specific competencies adopted by the professional educator standards board and published by the superintendent of public instruction. The requirement for field experience shall be at the discretion of the college/university. Provided, that in cases where programs require a field experience/internship, the colleges/universities should make every attempt to allow the individual to complete field-based requirements for the endorsement within the confines of the individual's teaching schedule; or

(b) Achieve National Board certification in a Washington teaching endorsement area and hold a valid National Board certificate; or

(c) Pass the subject knowledge test approved by the professional educator standards board for the certificate endorsement being sought. The instructional methodology and content-related skills of the desired subject endorsement must be compatible with one or more of the current endorsement(s) on the applicant's teacher certificate, per the list of Pathway 1 endorsements adopted by the professional educator standards board and published by the superintendent of public instruction. The applicant must document a minimum of ninety days teaching experience as a ((contracted)) teacher via full-time, part-time, or substitute experience, in a public or state approved private school, or state agency providing educational services for students, in the endorsement area that is compatible in instructional methodology and content-related skills to the Pathway 1 endorsement; or

(d)(i) Pass the subject knowledge test approved by the professional educator standards board for the certificate endorsement being sought and successfully meet all eligibility criteria and process requirements for Pathway 2 endorsements as adopted by the professional educator standards board and published by the superintendent of public instruction. The desired subject endorsement must be identified as a Pathway 2 endorsement for one or more of the current endorsement(s) on the applicant's teacher certificate, per the list of Pathway 2 endorsements adopted by the professional educator standards board and published by the superintendent of public instruction. The applicant must document a minimum of ninety days teaching experience as a ((contracted)) teacher via full-time, part-time, or substitute experience, in a public or state approved private school, or state agency providing educational services for students, in the endorsement area that is compatible in instructional methodology and content-related skills to the Pathway 2 endorsement.

The ninety day teaching requirement is waived per RCW 28A.660.045 for individuals having an elementary education certificate but who are not employed in positions requiring an elementary education certificate and pursuing an endorsement in middle level mathematics or science.

(ii) Teacher preparation programs that offer Pathway 2 endorsement programs shall follow process steps as adopted by the professional educator standards board and published by the superintendent of public instruction to verify successful completion of the Pathway 2 process and to recommend adding the endorsement to the applicant's teacher certificate.

(3) Candidates from out-of-state shall be required to present verification that they completed a state-approved program (equivalent to a major) in a Washington endorsement area.

(4) Course work used to meet endorsement requirements must be completed through a regionally accredited college/university.

(5) Only course work in which an individual received a grade of C (2.0) or higher or a grade of pass on a pass-fail system of grading shall be counted toward the course work required for the approved endorsement program.

(6) Nothing within this chapter precludes a college or university from adopting additional requirements as conditions for recommendation, by such college or university, to the superintendent of public instruction for a particular subject area endorsement.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.210. 09-12-057 and 09-22-052, 181-82A-204, filed 5/28/09 and 10/29/09, effective 6/28/09 and 11/29/09; 06-14-010, 181-82A-204, filed 6/22/06, effective 7/23/06. 06-02-051, recodified as 181-82A-204, filed 12/29/05, effective 1/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010 and 28A.305.130. 04-23-007, 180-82A-204, filed 11/4/04, effective 12/5/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. 03-14-114, 180-82A-204, filed 6/30/03, effective 7/31/03. Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.410 RCW and RCW 28A.305.130 (1) through (4). 02-04-013, 180-82A-204, filed 1/24/02, effective 2/24/02.]

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