WSR 02-04-013



[ Filed January 24, 2002, 12:33 p.m. ]

     Date of Adoption: January 16, 2002.

     Purpose: The new chapter establishes competencies for endorsements that further align the endorsements with the state's learning goals and essential academic learning requirements and, where appropriate, with the specialty organization standards.

     BACKGROUND: In 1999, the State Board of Education (SBE) adopted rules that require candidates for endorsements to demonstrate specific identified knowledge and skills in that endorsement area. The knowledge and skills identified at that time were topical in nature. Building on that work, the proposed new chapter identifies more specific competencies that describe what teachers need to know and be able to do for each endorsement area.

     During the 2000-2001 school year, committees comprised of teachers, university faculty, curriculum specialists and staff from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction met to develop the endorsement competencies. The work was based on the current requirements, the essential academic learning requirements and, where appropriate, standards of national specialty organizations. The committees' work was then posted on the OSPI website for comment from the greater education community. At the conclusion of the comment period, the committees considered all additional input and made appropriate revisions.

     The new chapter governs the proposed new endorsement system. The specific competencies were adopted by reference by the State Board of Education. The competencies will be published by the Superintendent of Public Instruction and [are] available on the SPI website, mail or electronic facsimile. Any changes to the competencies will require prior SBE approval.


Agency reason(s) for adopting the rule: See background.
Difference between the text of the proposed rule as published in the Register and the text of the rule as adopted (other than editing changes) stating the reasons for differences: The middle level endorsement has been divided into two endorsements, one with an emphasis in humanities and the other in math/science. This better focuses the preparation and establishes the competencies more clearly.
Summary of all comments received regarding the proposed rule, and responding to the comments by category or subject matter, indicating how the final rule reflects agency consideration of the comments, or why it fails to do so. [No further information supplied by agency.]

     Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 28A.410 RCW and RCW 28A.305.130 (1) through (4).

      Adopted under notice filed as WSR 01-24-009 on November 26, 2001.

     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 0, 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 7, Amended 0, 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 7, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
     Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

January 23, 2002

Larry Davis

Executive Director


Chapter 180-82A WAC


WAC 180-82A-002   Purposes and authority.   (1) The purposes of this chapter are to:

     (a) Establish policies and conditions for obtaining performance-based endorsements on teaching certificates.

     (b) Establish policies for college/university approval to offer performance-based endorsement programs.

     (2) The authority for this chapter is chapter 28A.410 RCW which authorizes the state board of education to establish, publish, and enforce rules and regulations determining eligibility for the certification of personnel employed in the common schools of this state. This authority is supplemented by RCW 28A.305.130(5) which authorizes the state board of education to specify the types and kinds of certificates necessary for the several departments within the common schools and by RCW 28A.150.220(4) which authorizes the state board of education to adopt rules that implement and insure compliance with the basic program of education requirements of RCW 28A.150.220, 28A.150.250, and 28A.150.260, and such related basic program of education requirements as may be established by the state board of education.


WAC 180-82A-200   Purposes of endorsement competencies referenced in this chapter.   (1) To align requirements for endorsements with the state's learning goals and essential academic learning requirements;

     (2) To align requirements for endorsements with the specialty organization standards where appropriate;

     (3) To maintain rigorous standards for obtaining endorsements;

     (4) To provide school districts with teachers who are able to demonstrate a positive impact on student learning; and

     (5) To complement a performance-based teacher certification system.


WAC 180-82A-202   Certificate endorsements.   Teacher certificates shall be endorsed as follows:

     (1) All levels:

     (a) Bilingual education.

     (b) Designated arts: Dance.

     (c) Designated arts: Theatre arts.

     (d) Designated arts: Music: Choral, instrumental or general.

     (e) Designated arts, visual arts.

     (f) Designated world languages.

     (g) English as a second language.

     (h) Health/fitness.

     (i) Library media.

     (j) Reading.

     (k) Special education.

     (2) Early childhood:

     (a) Early childhood education.

     (b) Early childhood special education.

     (3) Elementary education.

     (4) Middle level:

     (a) Middle level -- Humanities.

     (b) Middle level -- Math/science.

     (5) Secondary level:

     (a) Designated science: Biology.

     (b) Designated science: Chemistry.

     (c) Designated science: Earth science.

     (d) Designated science: Physics.

     (e) Designated career and technical education: Agriculture education, business education, family and consumer sciences education, marketing education, and technology education.

     (f) English language arts.

     (g) History.

     (h) Mathematics.

     (i) Science.

     (j) Social studies.

     (k) Traffic safety.


WAC 180-82A-204   Endorsement requirements.   (1) Candidates completing endorsements required to obtain a residency certificate, shall complete college/university teacher preparation programs approved by the state board of education pursuant to chapter 180-78A WAC, which include methodology (see WAC 180-78A-264(5)) and field experience/internship (see WAC 180-78A-264(6)) and pursuant to endorsement program approval requirements in this chapter.

     (2) In order to add an additional endorsement, the candidate shall have completed a state-approved endorsement program which includes methodology (see WAC 180-78A-264(5)) and addresses all endorsement-specific competencies adopted by the state board of education 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.

     (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.


WAC 180-82A-206   Endorsement program approval.   (1) The state board of education shall approve endorsement programs at Washington colleges and universities pursuant to the requirements of this chapter. Only colleges and universities with state board of education approved residency certificate teacher preparation programs are eligible to apply for approval to offer endorsement programs.

     (2) The state board of education will establish performance/competency criteria for obtaining an endorsement. Revision in adopted endorsement competencies may occur only as approved by the state board.

     (3) The superintendent of public instruction will publish, and make available, competencies for all endorsement areas identified in chapter 180-82A WAC.

     (4) Each college or university desiring to establish an endorsement program shall comply with the following:

     (a) Identification of opportunities for candidate to develop the capacity to demonstrate each competency;

     (b) Identification of strategies that will be used to assess candidate capacity/performance on each competency;

     (c) A description of evidences that candidates will provide to document candidates' positive impact on student learning in the respective endorsement area; and

     (d) A description of the process by which summaries of candidates' assessment data, relative to performance on each competency, will be compiled, analyzed, and used for program improvement.

     (5) The state board of education shall approve endorsement programs for a maximum of five years. Each institution shall submit endorsement programs for review when requested by the state board of education to ensure that the endorsement programs meet the competencies and to provide assessment data relative to candidate performance.

     (6) The state board of education shall determine the schedule and process for endorsement program reviews.


WAC 180-82A-215   Implementation policies.   (1) In order to offer an endorsement program after August 31, 2003, the endorsement program shall be reviewed and approved under the approval standards of this chapter. All teachers who obtain endorsements after September 1, 2003, shall meet the requirements in this chapter. Provided, that colleges and universities may permit an individual enrolled in programs in Washington state on or before September 1, 2003, to obtain endorsements under the requirements in chapter 180-82 WAC, if the individual completes the endorsement program on, or before August 31, 2005, and the college or university verifies endorsement program completion on or before December 31, 2005. Provided further, that the state board of education or its designee may waive this requirement on a case-by-case basis.

     (2) Teachers shall be required to obtain a minimum of one endorsement.


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