WSR 03-23-029

PROPOSED RULES

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION


[ Filed November 12, 2003, 12:00 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 03-18-051.

Title of Rule: WAC 180-78A-100 Existing approved programs.

Purpose: The purpose of the proposed language is to remind the board to take into consideration the partnership agreement between Washington state and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), as that agreement relates to the NCATE seven years accreditation cycle vis-a-vis the state board's five years program approval cycle.

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

Summary: Teacher preparation programs will be reviewed on a seven-year cycle.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: To collaborate with the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and be on the same review cycle.

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: In determining the schedule for site visits, the State Board of Education will consider the partnership agreement between the state and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) related to the NCATE seven years accreditation cycle.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: Amends rules to change state board's program approval cycle to seven years.

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: Olympia School District, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia, WA 98501-1967, on January 15, 2004, at 8:30 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Laura Moore by January 2, 2004, 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 January 2, 2004.

Date of Intended Adoption: January 16, 2004.

October 31, 2003

Larry Davis

Executive Director

OTS-6702.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-18-037, filed 8/26/02, effective 9/26/02)

WAC 180-78A-100   Existing approved programs.   Chapter 180-78A WAC rules shall govern all policies related to programs upon adoption by the state board of education, which shall provide assistance to colleges and universities in the revision of their existing programs.

(1) All professional education programs shall be reviewed for approval under the 1997 program approval standards of chapter 180-78A WAC by August 31, 2000. Colleges and universities may permit individuals accepted into preparation programs on or before August 31, 2000, to obtain certification by meeting requirements of programs approved under approval standards described in chapter 180-78 WAC if the individuals complete the program on or before August 31, 2003, and the college or university verifies program completion to the superintendent of public instruction on or before December 31, 2003: Provided, That the state board of education or its designee may waive this deadline on a case-by-case basis.

(2) All principal/program administrator programs shall be reviewed for approval under the 2002 program approval standards of chapter 180-78A WAC by August 31, 2004. Colleges and universities may permit individuals accepted into principal/program administrator programs on or before August 31, 2004, to obtain certification by meeting requirements of programs approved under 1997 approval standards described in chapter 180-78A WAC if the individuals complete the program on or before August 31, 2006, and the college or university verifies program completion to the superintendent of public instruction on or before December 31, 2006. Provided, That the state board of education or its designee may waive this deadline on a case-by-case basis.

(3) Institutions shall be given at least one year notification prior to a state board of education review for compliance with these standards: Provided, That if an institution requests a visit with less than a year's notice, the state board of education shall consider that request.

(4) The state board of education shall determine the schedule for such approval reviews and whether an on-site visit or other forms of documentation and validation shall be used for the purposes of granting approval under the 1997 program approval standards. In determining the schedule for site visits, the board shall take into consideration the partnership agreement between the state and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) as such agreement relates to the NCATE accreditation cycle of seven years.

(5) Each institution shall submit its program for review when requested by the state board of education to ensure that the program meets the state's program approval standards and to provide assessment data relative to the performance standards to the state board of education for the year prior to the site visit.

(6) Institutions seeking National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs, and National Association of School Psychologist accreditation may request from the state board of education approval for concurrent site visits which would utilize the same documentation with the exception of material submitted by the institution to the state for the professional education advisory boards and the accountability standards.

(7) In submitting a request for approval under these standards, the approved program shall provide a description of the criteria that the program will use to assess, in multiple ways, over time, its certification candidates' knowledge and skills, including, where appropriate, evidence related to positive impact on student learning. Based on the documentation submitted and/or an on-site visit, the state board of education shall grant approval or request specific revisions that need to be made in order to obtain state board of education approval.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130 and 28A.410.010. 02-18-037, 180-78A-100, filed 8/26/02, effective 9/26/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130 (1) and (2). 00-09-049, 180-78A-100, filed 4/14/00, effective 5/15/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130 (1) and (2), 28A.410.010 and 28A.150.220(4). 99-01-174, 180-78A-100, filed 12/23/98, effective 1/23/99.]

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