Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 03-21-128.
Title of Rule: Title 181 WAC.
Purpose: Recommendations regarding exemption to the passage of a basic skills test (WEST-B) required for teachers from out-of-state applying for a Washington state residency teaching certificate.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.410.210, 28A.410.220.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 28A.410.210, 28A.410.220.
Summary: The proposed rule will grant out-of-state certified teachers applying for a Washington state residency teaching certificate an exemption from the WEST-B (basic skills test) requirement if they have passed the CBEST or Praxis I tests.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: Both the California Basic Educator Skills Test (CBEST) required in California and Oregon and the Praxis I required by over thirty other states are basic skills tests for prospective teachers. Certified teachers who have passed the CBEST (in California or Oregon) or the Praxis I will have already demonstrated proficiency in basic skills before applying for a Washington state teaching certificate. Allowing this exemption will facilitate the teacher certification process for these teachers.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Jennifer Wallace, Professional Educator Standards Board, (360) 725-6275.
Name of Proponent: Professional Educator Standards Board, governmental.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: The proposed rule change will allow out-of-state certified teachers to exempt the WEST-B basic skills requirement if they have passed the CBEST or Praxis I basic skills test. This exemption will facilitate the teacher certification process for these out-of-state candidates.
Proposal does not change existing rules.
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.
Hearing Location: Semiahmoo, 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine, WA 98230-9326, on March 23, 2004, at 8:30 a.m.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Pam Abbott by March 19, 2004, TDD (360) 664-3631 or (360) 725-6275.
Submit Written Comments to: Professional Educator Standards Board, P.O. Box 47236, Olympia, WA 98504-7236, fax (360) 586-4548, by March 19, 2004.
Date of Intended Adoption: March 24, 2004.
February 4, 2004
David W. Anderson