WSR 97-04-086

PERMANENT RULES

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

[Filed February 5, 1997, 11:08 a.m.]

Date of Adoption: January 24, 1997.

Purpose: The amendments to this chapter repeal procedures which are no longer necessary because the certificate expiration date is now written on the continuing certificate. Other proposed changes clarify auditing and approval procedures.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 180-85-110, 180-85-115, 180-85-120 and 180-85-135; amending WAC 180-85-025, 180-85-030, 180-85-200, 180-85-210 and 180-85-215; and new section WAC 180-85-211.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.410.010.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 97-01-104 on December 18, 1996.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, amended 6, repealed 4.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 6, repealed 4.

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

February 4, 1997

Larry Davis

Executive Director

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 96-08-013, filed 3/25/96, effective 4/25/96)

WAC 180-85-025 Continuing education--Definition. As used in this chapter, the term "continuing education" shall mean:

(1) All college and/or university credit, normally 100 level or higher, awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher education, pursuant to WAC 180-78-010(6).

(2) All continuing education credit hours awarded by a vocational-technical ((institute)) college pursuant to WAC 180-85-030(3) ((and 180-85-083)) and all continuing education credit hours awarded in conformance with the in-service education procedures and standards specified in this chapter by an approved in-service education agency.

(3) All continuing education credit hours awarded through a business, industry, or government internship that meets the requirements of chapter 180-83 WAC.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010 and 28A.415.025. 96-08-013, 180-85-025, filed 3/25/96, effective 4/25/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. 94-01-104, 180-85-025, filed 12/16/93, effective 1/16/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.70.005. 89-01-043 (Order 28-88), 180-85-025, filed 12/14/88; 86-13-018 (Order 8-86), 180-85-025, filed 6/10/86.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 28-88, filed 12/14/88)

WAC 180-85-030 Continuing education credit hour--Definition. As used in this chapter, the term "continuing education credit hour" shall mean:

(1) For each college or university semester hour credit, fifteen hours of continuing education credit hours shall be granted.

(2) For each college or university quarter hour credit, ten hours of continuing education credit hours shall be granted.

(3) For each sixty minutes of instruction in course work provided by a vocational-technical ((institute)) college, one continuing education credit hour shall be granted.

(4) For each sixty minutes of approved in-service education including reasonable time for breaks and passing time, one continuing education credit hour shall be granted. In the application of this subsection, the in-service education provider shall determine what is reasonable.

(5) In the application of this section, approved in-service credit hours shall not include:

(a) Routine staff meetings--such as district, building, or area meetings within an agency, district, or building--to discuss or explain operational policies or administrative practices within the agency, district, or building;

(b) Business meetings of professional associations to discuss operational policies or practices of the association;

(c) Social hours, independent study, or actual meal time.

(6) In the application of this section, for the purpose of official records of the amount of in-service credit hours, the in-service provider or the superintendent of public instruction shall round continuing education credit hours down to the nearest half hour of credits actually completed--i.e., .50, and .00--and in no case shall an applicant receive credit for an in-service program that was less than a total of three continuing education credit hours.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.70.005. 89-01-043 (Order 28-88), 180-85-030, filed 12/14/88; 88-01-086 (Order 16-87), 180-85-030, filed 12/21/87; 86-13-018 (Order 8-86), 180-85-030, filed 6/10/86.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 28-88, filed 12/14/88)

WAC 180-85-200 In-service education approval standards. In-service education programs provided by approved in-service education agencies shall meet the following program standards:

(1) The objectives of the in-service program--i.e., intended outcomes--shall be written for each in-service education program.

(2) The content of the in-service education program shall be set forth in a program agenda which shall specify the topics to be covered, the days and times of each presentation, and the names and short description of qualifications of each instructor--e.g., degrees and current professional position.

(3) All in-service education instructors shall have academic and/or professional experience which specifically qualifies them to conduct the in-service education program--e.g., a person with expertise in a particular subject, field, or occupation.

(4) Program materials, including the program agenda, prepared, designed, or selected for the in-service education program shall be available to all attendees.

(5) The in-service education program shall be evaluated by the participants to determine the success of the program, including the following:

(a) The extent to which the written objectives--i.e., subsection (1) of this section--have been met;

(b) The quality of the physical facilities in which the program was offered;

(c) The quality of the oral presentation by each instructor;

(d) The quality of the written program materials provided by each instructor; and

(e) Suggestions for improving the in-service education program if repeated.

(6) The in-service education agency shall compile the evaluations required in subsection (5) of this section in summary form.

(7) The designated administrator of each in-service education program shall assess the value and success of such program and periodically report his or her findings to the governing or advisory board which authorized the in-service program.

(8) The standards for recordkeeping as provided in WAC 180-85-205 shall apply.

(9) The in-service education agency must permit a designated representative of the superintendent of public instruction to attend the in-service education program at no charge and permit such representative to receive a copy of the program materials required by subsection (4) of this section also at no charge.

(10) The in-service education agency must provide each registrant with appropriate forms for claiming continuing education credit hours.

(11) Note: The provisions of this section ((and WAC 180-85-202)) do not apply to credit hours awarded by a college or university or course work continuing education hours awarded by a vocational-technical ((institute)) college.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.70.005. 89-01-043 (Order 28-88), 180-85-200, filed 12/14/88; 88-01-086 (Order 16-87), 180-85-200, filed 12/21/87; 86-13-018 (Order 8-86), 180-85-200, filed 6/10/86.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 8-86, filed 6/10/86)

WAC 180-85-210 Assurances of compliance with program and recordkeeping standards. Annual assurances ((by approved in-service education agencies)) shall be completed as follows:

(1) School districts shall be requested, when submitting the annual basic education compliance report, to provide an assurance that any in-service education program to be provided by such district and for which continuing education credit hours will be granted shall comply with the applicable program and recordkeeping standards within this chapter.

(2) Approved private schools shall be requested, when applying for annual approval, to provide an assurance that any in-service education program to be provided by such private school and for which continuing education credit hours will be granted shall comply with the applicable program and recordkeeping standards within this chapter.

(3) Approved in-service agencies and other in-service education agencies seeking approval status shall provide on forms provided by the superintendent of public instruction, an annual assurance that any in-service education program to be provided by such agency and for which continuing education credit hours will be granted shall comply with the applicable program standards and recordkeeping within this chapter. Such forms shall contain such other information related to the continuing education program provided by the approved in-service agency as requested by the superintendent of public instruction.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.70.005. 86-13-018 (Order 8-86), 180-85-210, filed 6/10/86.]

NEW SECTION

WAC 180-85-211 Annual approval procedures. On an annual basis a list shall be submitted to the state board of education which shall include new applicants for approval as an approved in-service agency and agencies which were previously approved by the state board of education which no longer wish to serve as an approved in-service education agency.

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AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 8-86, filed 6/10/86)

WAC 180-85-215 Selective audit of records of in-service education agencies. ((The superintendent of public instruction shall audit school district compliance with the provisions of this chapter as a part of the state staff review provided by WAC 180-16-195(2).)) All ((other)) approved in-service education agencies shall be audited by the superintendent of public instruction on a selective basis, which may include responses to complaints or other evidence of possible noncompliance, with the number of actual audits per year left to the discretion of the superintendent of public instruction.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.70.005. 86-13-018 (Order 8-86), 180-85-215, filed 6/10/86.]

REPEALER

The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:

WAC 180-85-110 SPI subsequent notice to certificate holders of continuing education requirement.

WAC 180-85-115 SPI notice of lapsed certificate.

WAC 180-85-120 Appeal from determination of lapsed status.

WAC 180-85-135 Practicing with lapsed certificate.

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