WSR 07-20-105

PROPOSED RULES

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR

STANDARDS BOARD

[ Filed October 2, 2007, 3:31 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 07-04-116.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 181-82A-204 Endorsement requirements.

Hearing Location(s): Radisson Hotel Gateway SeaTac Airport, 18118 International Boulevard, Seattle, WA 98188, on November 7, 2007, at 8:30 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: November 7, 2007.

Submit Written Comments to: Nasue Nishida, P.O. Box 47236, Olympia, 98504, e-mail nasue.nishida@k12.wa.us, fax (360) 586-4548, by November 1, 2007.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Nasue Nishida by November 1, 2007, TTY (360) 664-3631 or (360) 725-6238.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The professional educator standards board proposes the maintenance of the elementary endorsement, kindergarten through 8th grade. To strengthen content knowledge of the endorsement, the board proposes to require elementary ed candidates to pass the elementary WEST-E as well as one additional WEST-E in any content knowledge area, except traffic safety.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.410.210 and 28A.410.010.

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

Name of Proponent: Professional educator standards board, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Nasue Nishida, P.O. Box 42736 [47236], Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 725-6238.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed amendment does not have an impact on small business and therefore does not meet the requirements for a statement under RCW 19.85.030 (1) or (2).

A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Nasue Nishida, P.O. Box 47236, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 725-6238, fax (360) 586-4548, e-mail nasue.nishida@k12.wa.us.

October 2, 2007

Nasue Nishida

Policy and Research Analyst

OTS-1089.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 06-14-010, filed 6/22/06, effective 7/23/06)

WAC 181-82A-204   Endorsement requirements.   (1) Candidates completing endorsements required to obtain a residency certificate, shall complete college/university teacher preparation programs approved by the professional educator standards board pursuant to chapter 181-78A WAC, which include methodology (see WAC 181-78A-264(5)) and field experience/internship (see WAC 181-78A-264(6)) and pursuant to endorsement program approval requirements in this chapter. As per RCW 28A.410.220(2) candidates must pass a WEST-E assessment approved by the professional educator standards board for each certificate endorsement sought with the exception of elementary education for which two WEST-E assessments must be passed. The list of additional WEST-E assessments eligible for the elementary education endorsement are approved by the professional educator standards board and may not be changed without prior board approval.

(2) In order to add an additional endorsement, including a specialty endorsement, the candidate shall:

(a) ((Have completed)) Pass the means of assessing a candidate's knowledge in addition to completing a state-approved endorsement program which includes methodology (see WAC 181-78A-264(5)) and addresses all endorsement-specific competencies adopted by the professional educator standards board and published by the superintendent of public instruction. The requirement for field experience shall be at the discretion of the college/university. Provided, that in cases where programs require a field experience/internship, the colleges/universities should make every attempt to allow the individual to complete field-based requirements for the endorsement within the confines of the individual's teaching schedule; or

(b) Achieve National Board certification in a Washington teaching endorsement area and hold a valid National Board certificate; or

(c) Pass the ((subject knowledge test)) means of assessing a candidate's knowledge approved by the professional educator standards board for the certificate endorsement being sought. The instructional methodology and content-related skills of the desired subject endorsement must be compatible with one or more of the current endorsement(s) on the applicant's teacher certificate, per the list of Pathway 1 endorsements adopted by the professional educator standards board and published by the superintendent of public instruction. The applicant must document a minimum of ninety days teaching experience, in a public or state approved private school, or state agency providing educational services for students, in the endorsement area that is compatible in instructional methodology and content-related skills to the Pathway 1 endorsement; or

(d)(i) Pass the ((subject knowledge test)) means of assessing a candidate's knowledge approved by the professional educator standards board for the certificate endorsement being sought and successfully meet all eligibility criteria and process requirements for Pathway 2 endorsements as adopted by the professional educator standards board and published by the superintendent of public instruction. The desired subject endorsement must be identified as a Pathway 2 endorsement for one or more of the current endorsement(s) on the applicant's teacher certificate, per the list of Pathway 2 endorsements adopted by the professional educator standards board and published by the superintendent of public instruction.

(ii) Teacher preparation programs that offer Pathway 2 endorsement programs shall follow process steps as adopted by the professional educator standards board and published by the superintendent of public instruction to verify successful completion of the Pathway 2 process and to recommend adding the endorsement to the applicant's teacher certificate.

(3) Candidates from out-of-state shall be required to present verification that they completed a state-approved program (equivalent to a major) in a Washington endorsement area.

(4) Course work used to meet endorsement requirements must be completed through a regionally accredited college/university.

(5) Only course work in which an individual received a grade of C (2.0) or higher or a grade of pass on a pass-fail system of grading shall be counted toward the course work required for the approved endorsement program.

(6) Nothing within this chapter precludes a college or university from adopting additional requirements as conditions for recommendation, by such college or university, to the superintendent of public instruction for a particular subject area endorsement.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.210. 06-14-010, 181-82A-204, filed 6/22/06, effective 7/23/06. 06-02-051, recodified as 181-82A-204, filed 12/29/05, effective 1/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010 and 28A.305.130. 04-23-007, 180-82A-204, filed 11/4/04, effective 12/5/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. 03-14-114, 180-82A-204, filed 6/30/03, effective 7/31/03. Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.410 RCW and RCW 28A.305.130 (1) through (4). 02-04-013, 180-82A-204, filed 1/24/02, effective 2/24/02.]

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