PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
[Filed August 5, 1998, 10:44 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 180-16 WAC, State support of public schools; chapter 180-78A WAC, Approval standards for performance-based preparation programs for teachers, administrators, and educational staff associates; chapter 180-79A WAC, Standards for teacher, administrator, and educational staff associate certification; new chapter 180-82 WAC, Certificate endorsements and assignment of certificated personnel; and chapter 180-85 WAC, Continuing education requirement.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 28A.305.130 (1) and (2), 28A.410.010, 28A.150.220(4).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The proposed amendments to these rules will (1) do one or more of the following, as deemed appropriate: make technical adjustments, clarify existing provisions, repeal unnecessary wording, repeal provisions unsupported by rule-making authority, or provide greater flexibility or discretion to persons or entities subject to the rules, and (2) eliminate the instructional specialist certificate and expand the conditional certificate, and (3) allow for national certification as qualification for certification as a school psychologist, and (4) revise policies and requirements for endorsements on teacher certificates, and (5) establish rules for the renewal of the professional teacher certificate.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Early solicitation of public comments and recommendations respecting new, amended or repealed rules, and consideration of the comments and recommendations in the course of drafting rules.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by sending written comments to Rules Coordinator, State Board of Education, P.O. Box 47206, Olympia, WA 98504-7206, fax (360) 586-2357, TDD (360) 664-3631. For telephone assistance contact Larry Davis, (360) 753-6715.
August 3, 1998