WSR 09-15-065

EMERGENCY RULES

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR

STANDARDS BOARD

[ Filed July 10, 2009, 3:56 p.m. , effective July 10, 2009, 3:56 p.m. ]


Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.

Purpose: Amends WAC 181-78A-105 (3)(a)(iii)(B), technical change permitting educator preparation programs that add an approved program administrator program are not required to have a site visit until the next, regularly schedule[d] visit and still offer the program.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 181-78A-105 (3)(a)(iii)(B).

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.410.210, 28A.305.130, and 28A.410.010.

Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that in order to implement the requirements or reductions in appropriations enacted in any budget for fiscal years 2009, 2010, or 2011, which necessitates the need for the immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the fiscal needs or requirements of the agency.

Reasons for this Finding: Cost associated with duplicative effort to review programs with existing approval for similar program.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: July 10, 2009.

David Brenna

Legislative and

Policy Coordinator

OTS-2403.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 06-24-082, filed 12/5/06, effective 1/5/07)

WAC 181-78A-105   Procedures for initial approval of an educator preparation program.   Each college or university desiring to establish a preparation program shall comply with the following:

(1) Advise the professional educator standards board of its desire to establish a preparation program.

(2) Develop with the assistance of the professional education advisory board and designated staff of the office of the superintendent of public instruction, a written preproposal plan which addresses all preproposal components adopted and published by the professional educator standards board and submit such plan to the designated official of the professional educator standards board for review and comment. Resubmit such plan to the designated official.

(3) Submit such plan to the professional educator standards board. The college or university may be granted approval for full proposal development or denied approval.

(a) If approved, the college or university shall comply with the following:

(i) Establish the appropriate professional education advisory board pursuant to WAC 181-78A-205;

(ii) Develop with assistance of the professional education advisory board and designated staff of the office of the superintendent of public instruction, a written plan which includes the following:

(A) Timelines for the implementation of all applicable program approval standards during the first year of the program;

(B) The criteria that the program will use to assess, in multiple ways over time, its candidates' knowledge and skills including evidence related to positive impact on student learning (WAC 181-78A-205(4)), provided that a college/university with an approved residency principal program which adds an approved program administrator program is not required to have a site visit of the program administrator program until the next regularly scheduled site visit of that institution;

(C) How the professional education advisory board was involved in program development, including a letter of support; and

(D) Letters of support from partnership districts and/or other agencies.

(iii) Present the written plan to the professional educator standards board.

(A) The program may be conditionally approved for up to a two-year period in a specific location(s). If not approved, the college or university may resubmit its revised plan or request a contested hearing via an appeal team appointed by the professional educator standards board.

(B) During the second year of approval, staff of the office of the superintendent of public instruction shall conduct a site visit and/or other forms of documentation to determine if the program is in full compliance with the 1997 program approval standards.

(b) If denied, the college or university may resubmit its plan based upon the suggestions of the professional educator standards board.

(4) Programs shall be approved for a specific location(s) identified in the written plan presented to the professional educator standards board. Institutions seeking to expand an existing program to a new location shall submit a request to the professional educator standards board which contains the following:

(a) A description of the location and facilities;

(b) Verification that no complaints have been filed against the program in its current location(s);

(c) A summary of the findings from the most recent site review, including how weaknesses, if any, have been addressed;

(d) A statement that supports need for the program;

(e) Cost to the students;

(f) Mode(s) of the program delivery; and

(g) Letters of support from program partners. The length of time for which the program approval status shall be granted shall coincide with the length of time for which the program in its current location(s) last received approval. The program review cycle for programs at all locations shall be the same.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.210. 06-24-082, 181-78A-105, filed 12/5/06, effective 1/5/07; 06-14-010, 181-78A-105, filed 6/22/06, effective 7/23/06. 06-02-051, recodified as 181-78A-105, filed 12/29/05, effective 1/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130 (1) and (2), 28A.410.010 and 28A.150.220(4). 99-01-174, 180-78A-105, filed 12/23/98, effective 1/23/99.]

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