WSR 12-18-003

PERMANENT RULES

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR

STANDARDS BOARD

[ Filed August 23, 2012, 9:06 a.m. , effective September 23, 2012 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: Amends WAC 181-78A-520, 181-78A-525, 181-78A-530 and 181-78A-535 in response to changes in standards. Affects professional certification preparation programs and aligns those standards to match with recent review and improvement of residency programs.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending X [WAC 181-78A-520, 181-78A-525, 181-78A-530, and 181-78A-535].

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.410.210.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 12-07-015 on March 12, 2012.

A final cost-benefit analysis is available by contacting David Brenna, 600 Washington Street South, Room 400, Olympia, WA 98504-7236, phone (360) 725-6238, fax (360) 586-4548, e-mail david.brenna@k12.wa.us.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 4, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 4, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 4, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 4, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: May 10, 2012.

David Brenna

Senior Policy Analyst

OTS-4602.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 09-22-023, filed 10/26/09, effective 12/1/11)

WAC 181-78A-520   Approval standard -- Professional education advisory board.   The following ((evidence shall be evaluated to determine whether each professional certificate program is in compliance with the program approval standards of WAC 181-78A-515(1).

College or university.)) requirements shall govern the professional certificate program:

(1) The professional education advisory board has been established ((for the preservice program)) in accordance with WAC 181-78A-209 ((shall also serve as the professional advisory board for the professional certificate program)).

(2) The professional education advisory board has ((participated in the development of the professional certificate program and has recommended approval of the proposed program prior to its submission to the professional educator standards board for approval)) adopted operating procedures and has met at least three times a year.

(3) The professional education advisory board has reviewed ((the annual summary on the status of all candidates in the program required by WAC 181-78A-525(7))) all program approval standards at least once every five years.

(4) The professional education advisory board annually has ((made recommendation(s), as appropriate, for program changes to the professional certificate administrator who shall implement or respond to the recommendation(s) in a timely manner)) reviewed and analyzed data for the purposes of determining whether candidates demonstrated the knowledge and skills to make a positive impact on student learning and providing the institution with recommendations for programmatic change. This data may include, but not be limited to: Candidate surveys, follow-up studies, candidate performance portfolios, and program evaluations.

(5) The professional education advisory board has made recommendations when appropriate for program changes to the institution which must in turn consider and respond to the recommendations in writing in a timely fashion.

(6) The professional education advisory board for administrator preparation programs participated in the candidate selection process for principal preparation programs.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.210. 09-22-023, 181-78A-520, filed 10/26/09, effective 12/1/11; 09-16-053, 181-78A-520, filed 7/29/09, effective 8/29/09; 07-04-004, 181-78A-520, filed 1/24/07, effective 2/24/07; 06-14-010, 181-78A-520, filed 6/22/06, effective 7/23/06. 06-02-051, recodified as 181-78A-520, filed 12/29/05, effective 1/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010 and 28A.305.130 (1) and (2). 00-03-049, 180-78A-520, filed 1/14/00, effective 2/14/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130 (1) and (2), 28A.410.010 and 28A.150.220(4). 99-01-174, 180-78A-520, filed 12/23/98, effective 1/23/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 09-22-023, filed 10/26/09, effective 12/1/11)

WAC 181-78A-525   Approval standard -- Accountability.   ((The following evidence shall be evaluated to determine whether each professional certificate program is in compliance with the program approval standards of WAC 181-78A-515(2). Each college, university or educational service district shall:

(1) Submit for initial approval to the professional educator standards board a performance-based professional certificate program which shall include the program components specified in WAC 181-78A-535.

(2) Provide documentation that the respective professional education advisory board has participated in the development of and has approved the proposal.

(3) Identify the professional certificate administrator who shall be responsible for the administration of the professional certificate program.

(4) Delegate to the professional certificate administrator responsibility for reviewing or overseeing the following: Application for the professional certificate program; advising candidates once accepted; developing and implementing the individualized professional growth plan, the instruction and assistance components, and the assessment seminar; maintaining current records on the status of all candidates accepted into the professional certificate program; and serving as the liaison with the superintendent of public instruction certification office to facilitate the issuance of the professional certificates when candidates have met the required standards.

(5) Establish the admission criteria that candidates for the professional certificate shall meet to be accepted into the professional certificate program.

(6) Describe the procedures that the approved program will use to determine that a candidate has successfully demonstrated the standards and criteria for the professional certificate set forth in WAC 181-78A-540.

(7) Prepare an annual summary of the status of all candidates in the program and submit the summary to the respective professional education advisory board.

(8) Submit any additional information required to the respective professional education advisory board that it requests.

(9) Submit an annual report to the professional educator standards board as part of a less intensive evaluation cycle which will include the following:

(a) A summary of program requirements, linkages of the program to individual professional growth plans, linkages to school district and school improvement plans, and, to the extent possible, linkages to school district professional development programs where such programs are in place in school districts.

(b) A summary of program design, assessment procedures and program revisions in the previous year.

(c) The number of candidates completing the program during the period between September 1 and August 31.

(d) The number of candidates enrolled in the program.

(e) Other information related to the professional certificate program requested by the professional educator standards board.

(10) Facilitate an on-site review of the program when requested by the professional educator standards board to ensure that the program meets the state's program approval standards and to provide assessment data relative to the performance standards.

Provided, That subsequent to the initial program review specified in WAC 181-78A-105 on-site reviews shall be scheduled concurrently with regularly scheduled reviews of residency educator preparations offered by the university or on a five-year cycle for programs offered through an educational service district; provided that the professional educator standards board may approve a variation in the schedule as it deems appropriate.)) The following requirements shall govern the professional certificate program.

Each approved educator preparation program shall maintain an assessment system that:

(1) Assesses outcomes in alignment with the conceptual framework and state standards.

(2) Systematically and comprehensively gathers evidence on candidate learning.

(3) Collects candidate work samples that document the knowledge and skills to make a positive impact on student learning.

(4) Aggregates key data over time.

(5) Incorporates perspectives of program personnel, candidates, and P-12 partners.

(6) Includes processes and safeguards that ensure fair and unbiased assessment of candidates.

(7) Provides for regular analysis of assessment results.

(8) Is systematically linked to program decision-making processes.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.210. 09-22-023, 181-78A-525, filed 10/26/09, effective 12/1/11; 09-16-053, 181-78A-525, filed 7/29/09, effective 8/29/09; 07-15-053, 181-78A-525, filed 7/13/07, effective 8/13/07; 07-04-004, 181-78A-525, filed 1/24/07, effective 2/24/07; 06-14-010, 181-78A-525, filed 6/22/06, effective 7/23/06. 06-02-051, recodified as 181-78A-525, filed 12/29/05, effective 1/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010 and 28A.305.130 (1) and (2). 00-03-049, 180-78A-525, filed 1/14/00, effective 2/14/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130 (1) and (2), 28A.410.010 and 28A.150.220(4). 99-01-174, 180-78A-525, filed 12/23/98, effective 1/23/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 09-22-023, filed 10/26/09, effective 12/1/11)

WAC 181-78A-530   Approval standard -- Governance and resources.   ((The following evidence shall be evaluated to determine whether each professional certificate program is in compliance with the resources program approval standard of WAC 181-78A-515(3):

(1) Administrators, faculty, and facilitators implementing the college, university or educational service district professional certificate program have appropriate qualifications (academic, experience, or both) for the roles to which they are assigned. Such responsibilities may be shared, when appropriate, among the collaborating agencies.

(2) The college, university or educational service district shall have responsibility for maintaining fiscal records and ensuring adequate financial support for the professional certificate program.

(3) Instructional, technological, and other needed resources shall be sufficient in scope, breadth, and recency to support the professional certificate program.)) The following requirements shall govern the professional certificate program:

(1) Program leadership, authority, and budget.

(a) An officially designated administrator is responsible for the management of operations and resources for the preparation program.

(b) Budgetary allocations are sufficient for the program to assure that candidates meet state standards.

(2) Personnel.

(a) The program has adequate personnel to promote teaching and learning.

(i) Specific program personnel are assigned the responsibility of advising applicants for certification and for maintaining certification records.

(ii) The program has adequate field supervisors and other support personnel.

(b) Qualifications and professional practices. Program personnel are qualified for their assignments by virtue of education, experience, and current understanding of research and best practices.

(c) Performance and professional development.

(i) Program personnel evaluate their own effectiveness in achieving program goals.

(ii) The program evaluates personnel effectiveness in teaching and learning.

(iii) The program provides opportunity for personnel to engage in professional development.

(3) Program facilities and resources. The program has adequate facilities and resources to promote teaching and learning.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.210. 09-22-023, 181-78A-530, filed 10/26/09, effective 12/1/11; 07-04-004, 181-78A-530, filed 1/24/07, effective 2/24/07; 06-14-010, 181-78A-530, filed 6/22/06, effective 7/23/06. 06-02-051, recodified as 181-78A-530, filed 12/29/05, effective 1/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010 and 28A.305.130 (1) and (2). 00-03-049, 180-78A-530, filed 1/14/00, effective 2/14/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130 (1) and (2), 28A.410.010 and 28A.150.220(4). 99-01-174, 180-78A-530, filed 12/23/98, effective 1/23/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 09-22-023, filed 10/26/09, effective 12/1/11)

WAC 181-78A-535   Approval standard -- Program design.   The following requirements shall govern ((the design of)) the professional certificate program:

(((1) Principal/program administrator.

(a) To be eligible to apply for enrollment in a professional certificate program, a candidate shall hold a contract as a principal, assistant principal, or program administrator in a public school or professional educator standards board-approved private school.

(b) The professional certificate program must be available to all qualified candidates.

(c) Using the six knowledge and skills standards, and the standards-based benchmarks as approved by the professional educator standards board and published by the office of the superintendent of public instruction, which may not be changed without professional educator standards board approval, the professional certificate program shall be developed by a college or university and its professional education advisory board or educational service district with its professional education advisory board. Additional agencies may participate in the development of the program if the approved provider and its professional education advisory board so choose.

(d) Each program shall consist of:

(i) An entry seminar during which the professional growth plan shall be developed. The plan shall be based on an assessment of the candidate's ability to demonstrate six standards at the professional certificate benchmark level (WAC 181-78A-270 (2)(b)), performance evaluation data, and an analysis of the administrative context and assignment.

(ii) Formalized learning opportunities, past and current experience, professional development opportunities, and other activities directed at developing and verifying that the candidate has achieved acceptable knowledge, skill, and performance at the professional certificate benchmark level, or above, on all standards as defined in WAC 181-78A-270 (2)(b).

(iii) A final presentation to a panel that includes experienced administrators, during which the candidate provides evidence of professional certificate level knowledge, skill and performance; positive impact on student learning; and a professional growth plan that includes the identification of future goals and professional/career interests as well as a five-year plan for professional development designed to meet the requirements for certificate renewal.

(e) Candidates who do not successfully complete a final presentation shall receive an individualized analysis of strengths and weaknesses and a plan for assistance, and shall be allowed additional opportunities to present evidence pertaining to benchmarks not previously met.

(2) Educational staff associate (ESA) - school counselor, school psychologist, school social worker.

(a) To be eligible for enrollment in a professional certificate program, a candidate shall be employed in his/her ESA role in a public school, a professional educator standards board-approved private school, or state agency providing educational services for students.

(b) The professional certificate must be available to all qualified candidates.

(c) Using the knowledge and skills standards in WAC 181-78A-270 (5), (7), and (9), and the standards-based benchmarks as approved by the professional educator standards board and published by the office of the superintendent of public instruction, which may not be changed without professional educator standards board approval, the professional certificate program shall be developed by a college or university and its professional education advisory board. Additional agencies may participate in the development of the program if the college or university and professional education advisory board so choose.

(d) Each program shall consist of:

(i) An entry seminar during which the professional growth plan shall be developed. The plan will be agreed upon after input from and consultation with the ESA candidate's professional growth team (WAC 181-78A-010 (10)(c)) or the professional education advisory board (PEAB). The individual's professional growth plan shall be based on an assessment of the candidate's ability to demonstrate the standards at the professional certificate benchmark level in the specific ESA role pursuant to WAC 181-78A-270 (5), (7), or (9).

(ii) Formalized learning opportunities, and other activities directed at developing and verifying that the candidate has achieved acceptable knowledge, skill, and performance at the professional certificate benchmark level, or above, on all standards in the specific ESA role as defined in WAC 181-78A-270 (5), (7), or (9).

(iii) A culminating seminar in which the candidate presents his/her final documentation and evidence of professional certificate level knowledge, skill, and performance; positive impact on student learning; and specification of areas for continuing education and development.

(e) The candidate will present his/her portfolio to the professional education advisory board (PEAB) or the professional growth team (PGT) who will make a recommendation to the university program administrator/designee regarding the extent to which the candidate meets the professional certificate standards.

(f) Candidates who demonstrate they meet all standards and certification requirements pursuant to WAC 181-79A-150 will be recommended by the university program administrator/designee for the professional certificate.

(g) Candidates who do not successfully complete a culminating seminar shall receive an individualized analysis of strengths and weaknesses and a plan for assistance.

(h) No limit shall be placed on the number of times a candidate with a valid residency certificate may enroll in the culminating seminar.)) (1) Recruitment and admission.

(a) Programs will, at a minimum, recruit and admit any candidates in their service region who hold a residency certificate and at least two years of experience in the role.

(b) Learner expectations for program requirements, progression, and completion are identified, published, and accessible.

(2) Program design.

(a) Entry seminar.

(i) The program provides an orientation to the process and to the benchmarks/strands.

(ii) The program includes formalized learning opportunities and other activities directed at developing and verifying that the candidate has achieved acceptable knowledge, skill, and performance at the professional certificate benchmark level, or above, on all standards as defined in WAC 181-78A-270.

(iii) Administrator candidates will complete a 360-type assessment aligned to the interstate school leaders licensure consortium standards.

(b) Professional growth plan implementation. The program includes the development of a draft professional growth plan focused on the career level standards.

(c) Panel presentation.

(i) The program includes a final presentation to a panel that includes experienced P-12 educators in the role, during which the candidate provides evidence of professional certificate level knowledge, skill, and performance.

(ii) Candidates who do not successfully complete a final presentation receive an individualized analysis of strengths and weaknesses and a plan for assistance, and shall be allowed additional opportunities to present evidence pertaining to strands/benchmarks not previously met.

(3) School-based experiences.

(a) Candidate work produced in the program is responsive to, and integrated with, the job responsibilities of candidates.

(b) Entry and exit criteria and a process for mitigating concerns are provided for candidates.

(4) Collaboration. Program personnel collaborate for continuous program improvement with P-12 partners, PEAB members, and candidates.

(5) Diversity in learning experiences.

(a) Candidates reflect on interactions with diverse populations in order to integrate professional growth in cultural competency as a habit of practice.

(b) Program personnel model equity pedagogy through:

(i) Interactions with diverse populations;

(ii) Reflective practice on their own professional growth in cultural competency;

(iii) Culturally relevant communication and problem solving; and

(iv) Personalized instruction that addresses cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.210. 09-22-023, 181-78A-535, filed 10/26/09, effective 12/1/11; 09-16-053, 181-78A-535, filed 7/29/09, effective 8/29/09; 07-19-056, 181-78A-535, filed 9/14/07, effective 10/15/07; 07-08-050, 181-78A-535, filed 3/28/07, effective 4/28/07; 07-04-004, 181-78A-535, filed 1/24/07, effective 2/24/07; 06-14-010, 181-78A-535, filed 6/22/06, effective 7/23/06. 06-02-051, recodified as 181-78A-535, filed 12/29/05, effective 1/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. 05-15-051, 180-78A-535, filed 7/12/05, effective 8/12/05; 04-21-038, 180-78A-535, filed 10/15/04, effective 11/15/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.210.160. 03-23-037, 180-78A-535, filed 11/12/03, effective 12/13/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. 03-04-024, 180-78A-535, filed 1/27/03, effective 2/27/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130 and 28A.410.010. 02-18-037, 180-78A-535, filed 8/26/02, effective 9/26/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. 01-09-004, 180-78A-535, filed 4/5/01, effective 5/6/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010, 28A.305.130 (1) and (2). 00-18-062, 180-78A-535, filed 9/1/00, effective 10/2/00; 00-03-049, 180-78A-535, filed 1/14/00, effective 2/14/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130 (1) and (2), 28A.410.010 and 28A.150.220(4). 99-01-174, 180-78A-535, filed 12/23/98, effective 1/23/99.]