WSR 04-24-072

PROPOSED RULES

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION


[ Filed November 30, 2004, 2:25 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 04-08-056.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 180-78A-100 Existing approved programs, the proposed amendment to this rule will clarify the schedule that will be followed for state program approval site visits.

Hearing Location(s): New Market Vocational Skills Center, 7299 New Market Street, Tumwater, WA 98501, on January 12, 2005, at 8:30 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: January 14, 2005.

Submit Written Comments to: Larry Davis, Executive Director, P.O. Box 47206, Olympia, WA 98504-7206, e-mail ldavis@ospi.wednet.edu, fax (360) 586-2357, by December 28, 2004.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Laura Moore, Executive Assistant, by December 28, 2004, TTY (360) 664-3631 or (360) 725-6025.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: WAC 180-78A-100, the purpose of the proposed amendment to this rule is to clarify the schedule that will be followed for state program approval site visits.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: It has not been clear to colleges/universities when they should expect to have a state program approval site visit.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.410.010.

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

Name of Proponent: State Board of Education, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Larry Davis, State Board of Education, Olympia, Washington, (360) 725-6025.

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.

November 30, 2004

Larry Davis

Executive Director

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 04-21-038, filed 10/15/04, effective 11/15/04)

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) All school counselor, school psychologist, or school social worker programs shall be approved under the 2004 program approval standards of chapter 180-78A WAC by August 31, 2005. Colleges and universities may permit individuals accepted into the school counselor, school psychologist, or school social worker programs on or before August 31, 2005, to obtain certification by meeting requirements of programs approved under the 1997 approval standards described in chapter 180-78A WAC if the individuals complete the program on or before August 31, 2007, and the college or university verifies program completion to the superintendent of public instruction on or before December 31, 2007. Provided that the state board of education or its designee may waive this deadline on a case-by-case basis.

(4) 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.

(5) 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 and allow NCATE accredited colleges/universities to follow the NCATE schedule for their state site visit. Non-NCATE accredited colleges/universities shall have a state approval site visit every five years. The state board of education may require more frequent site visits at their discretion pursuant to WAC 180-78A-110(2).

(6) 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.

(7) 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.

(8) 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.401.010 [28A.410.010]. 04-21-038, 180-78A-100, filed 10/15/04, effective 11/15/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130 and 28A.410.010. 04-04-090, 180-78A-100, filed 2/3/04, effective 3/5/04; 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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