WSR 04-19-147

PROPOSED RULES

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR

STANDARDS BOARD

[ Filed September 22, 2004, 9:43 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 04-16-098.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 181-01-002 WEST-B exemptions.

Hearing Location(s): Professional Educator Standards Board meeting November 16 and 17, 2004, at Hotel Monaco, 1101 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101, on November 16, 2004, at 11:45 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: November 16, 2004.

Submit Written Comments to: Professional Educator Standards Board, Old Capitol Building, 600 Washington Street South, Room 249, P.O. Box 47236, Olympia, WA 98504-7236, e-mail ebaker@ospi.wednet.edu, fax (360) 586-4548, by November 5, 2004.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Esther Baker, (360) 725-6577, by November 5, 2004, TTY (360) 664-3631.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The proposed rule will allow out-of-state individuals applying to a masters-degree level teacher preparation program and out-of-state certified teachers applying for Washington state residency certificate to use passing scores from the Praxis I, the Praxis I CBT computer administered test, or the CBEST in lieu of passing the WEST-B.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The rationale for the board to establish the exemption for out-of-state applicants for certification or for masters-degree level teacher preparation programs was as follows: (1) Out-of-state applicants for certification or for masters-degree level teacher preparation programs who have already had to take a basic skills test in their state shouldn't have to take another one; and (2) out-of-state applicants for certification lack access to the WEST-B. In addition to allowing a year time extension, this also allows them to take the Praxis I, Praxis I CBT computer-administered test, or the CBEST prior to departing their home state.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.410.210(3).

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Agency Comments or Recommendations, if any, as to Statutory Language, Implementation, Enforcement, and Fiscal Matters: WEST-B Exemptions (WAC 181-01-002) Individuals from out of state applying for a Washington state residency teaching certificate under WAC 180-79A-257 (1)(b), or individuals apply to masters-degree level teacher preparation programs residing outside of the state of Washington at time of application, in lieu of passing the WEST-B, may provide official documentation of scores on the Praxis I of 177 for the reading subtest, 176 for the mathematics subtest and 174 for the writing subtest, or scores on the Praxis I CBT computer-administered test of 325 for the reading subtest, 321 for the mathematics subtest, and 321 for the writing subtest, or passing scores from California or Oregon on the CBEST.

Name of Proponent: Professional Educator Standards Board, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Esther Baker, Professional Educator Standards Board, (360) 725-6277.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Not applicable.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. Not applicable.

September 20, 2004

Esther Baker

Program Director

Teacher Assessments

OTS-7570.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 04-08-047, filed 4/1/04, effective 5/2/04)

WAC 181-01-002   WEST-B exemptions.   Individuals from out of state applying for a Washington state residency teaching certificate under WAC 180-79A-257 (1)(b), or individuals applying to masters-degree level teacher preparation programs residing outside of the state of Washington at time of application, in lieu of passing the WEST-B, may provide official documentation of scores on the Praxis I of 177 for the reading subtest, 176 for the mathematics subtest and 174 for the writing subtest, or scores on the Praxis I CBT computer-administered test of 325 for the reading subtest, 321 for the mathematics subtest, and 321 for the writing subtest, or passing scores from California or Oregon on the CBEST.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.220. 04-08-047, 181-01-002, filed 4/1/04, effective 5/2/04.]

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