WSR 06-17-118

PROPOSED RULES

SUPERINTENDENT OF

PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

[ Filed August 18, 2006, 10:46 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 06-09-005.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Chapter 392-210 WAC, Student testing and evaluation -- Washington state honors award program.

Hearing Location(s): Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Old Capitol Building, 600 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98504-7200, on October 3, 2006, at 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: November 2, 2006.

Submit Written Comments to: Gayle Pauley, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Old Capitol Building, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200, e-mail gpauley@ospi.wednet.edu, fax (360) 586-3305, by October 10, 2006.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Dodie Richter by September 26, 2006, TTY (360) 664-3631 or (360) 725-6194.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Chapter 392-210 WAC has not been updated in a number of years and still lists the Washington precollege test as a testing measure for the Washington state honors award. This test is no longer in existence. The SAT and ACT are the two test measures used to identify students as award nominees. Other changes are for clarification only.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Clarity and accuracy of the WAC will direct districts and OSPI in its implementation.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.600.070.

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: Add "public" and "private" to clarify that both types of schools may nominate students (WAC 392-210-015). Add the arts to the list of acceptable content areas (WAC 392-210-015). Add SAT and ACT to define test measures to be used in the student identification process (WAC 392-210-015 and 392-210-020). Add January 31 of the year of graduation to clearly define testing due date (WAC 392-210-015). Add "twelve" to clarify grade level of eligible students (WAC 392-210-025).

Name of Proponent: Gayle Pauley, Director Title I/LAP & Title V, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Gayle Pauley, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Old Capitol Building, 600 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98504-7200, (360) 725-6100; Implementation: Bob Harmon, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Old Capitol Building, 600 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98504-7200, (360) 725-6170; and Enforcement: Terry Bergeson, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Old Capitol Building, 600 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98504-7200, (360) 725-6004.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW.

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

August 17, 2006

Dr. Terry Bergeson

Superintendent of

Public Instruction

OTS-9102.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 93-24, filed 11/10/93, effective 12/11/93)

WAC 392-210-015   Criteria for the selection of Washington state honors award students.   The Washington state honors award program shall recognize the top ten percent of the students in the state in each year's public and private high school graduating class who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. Outstanding academic achievement shall be determined by the following criteria:

(1) An academic achievement index based upon a combination of the combined high school grade point average (calculated as provided in WAC 180-57-055) in the academic core subjects of English, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, and languages other than English which may include American Indian languages and the combined verbal and quantitative composite scores on the ((Washington precollege test)) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT);

(2) Credits (as defined in WAC 180-51-050) earned in grades nine through ((eleven)) twelve in the academic core subjects of English, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, and foreign language;

(3) Completion of at least seventy-five percent of the graduation requirements for the high school in which the candidate is enrolled; and

(4) Enrollment in at least three academic core subjects in grade twelve.

In order to be considered for a Washington honors award, students must have taken the ((Washington precollege test)) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) prior to ((enrollment in grade twelve)) January 31 of the year of graduation and be enrolled in a participating high school as indicated by the principal on forms provided by the superintendent of public instruction.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220. 93-23-038 (Order 93-24), 392-210-015, filed 11/10/93, effective 12/11/93. Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.03 RCW. 86-01-018 (Order 85-13), 392-210-015, filed 12/9/85.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 85-13, filed 12/9/85)

WAC 392-210-020   Determination of the Washington state honors award academic achievement index.   The superintendent of public instruction shall calculate the academic achievement index based upon an equivalent numeric weighting of the combined high school grade point average in academic core subjects and the combined verbal and quantitative composite scores on the ((Washington precollege test)) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). The superintendent of public instruction shall determine the top ten percent of each year's graduating class based upon a ranking of all participating students on the academic achievement index.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.03 RCW. 86-01-018 (Order 85-13), 392-210-020, filed 12/9/85.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 86-9, filed 7/18/86)

WAC 392-210-025   Credits earned in academic core subjects.   To be considered for a Washington state honors award, a student must have earned, during grades nine through ((eleven)) twelve, at least seventy-five percent of the credits required for graduation from his or her high school including a minimum of ten credits in the academic core subjects of English, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, and foreign language.

Each participating high school principal shall verify, on forms provided by the superintendent of public instruction, that each candidate has completed at least seventy-five percent of the school's total graduation credit requirements. The superintendent of public instruction shall require each student's high school transcript to be verified to assure that each student has earned the minimum credits in each of the academic core subjects. All participating high schools shall make available the grades nine through ((eleven)) twelve transcripts for all participating students on or before ((August 15 of each year)) the date provided annually by the superintendent of public instruction.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.03.044 [28A.03.444]. 86-15-051 (Order 86-9), 392-210-025, filed 7/18/86. Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.03 RCW. 86-01-018 (Order 85-13), 392-210-025, filed 12/9/85.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 93-24, filed 11/10/93, effective 12/11/93)

WAC 392-210-030   Enrollment in academic core subjects during grade twelve required.   To be considered for a Washington state honors award, a student must be enrolled in at least three of the academic core subjects of English, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, and languages other than English during ((the first term of)) the senior year((, excluding summer term)). The minimum enrollment requirement shall be verified in writing by the participating high school principal ((before November 1 of each school year,)) on forms provided annually by the superintendent of public instruction.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220. 93-23-038 (Order 93-24), 392-210-030, filed 11/10/93, effective 12/11/93. Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.03 RCW. 86-01-018 (Order 85-13), 392-210-030, filed 12/9/85.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 85-13, filed 12/9/85)

WAC 392-210-035   Notification of students eligible for honors award.   Commencing with the ninth grade, and each year thereafter, each participating high school shall provide((, no later than October 1,)) each enrolled student with a copy of the eligibility criteria for the Washington state honors award. The superintendent of public instruction shall provide schools with a suggested format that may be used to notify students.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.03 RCW. 86-01-018 (Order 85-13), 392-210-035, filed 12/9/85.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 85-13, filed 12/9/85)

WAC 392-210-040   Notification of Washington honors award recipients.   ((On or before December 15 of each school year)) The superintendent of public instruction shall annually provide to each participating school principal the names of those enrolled students who have been selected for a Washington honors award.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.03 RCW. 86-01-018 (Order 85-13), 392-210-040, filed 12/9/85.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 85-13, filed 12/9/85)

WAC 392-210-045   Washington honors award certificate.   The superintendent of public instruction shall prepare annually for each honors award recipient a suitable printed certificate which shall describe the purposes of the award, indicate the year in which the award was given, ((identify the student and his or her high school,)) and be signed by the superintendent of public instruction. The certificate for each honors award recipient shall be delivered to the participating high school principal on or before ((April 1)) May 30 of each school year. Each participating principal shall provide for issuing the certificate to each recipient at the regular high school commencement or other appropriate time prior to high school commencement.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.03 RCW. 86-01-018 (Order 85-13), 392-210-045, filed 12/9/85.]


REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 392-210-055 Special consideration for 1985-86 school year.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office