WSR 00-19-013

PROPOSED RULES

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION


[ Filed September 8, 2000, 10:07 a.m. ]

Continuance of WSR 00-15-093.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 00-12-017.

Title of Rule: Chapter 180-50 WAC, Courses of study and equivalencies.

Purpose: To make necessary changes to the existing state minimum high school graduation requirements.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.04.120.

Summary: Proposed amendments to WAC 180-50-115 and 180-50-135, and add new section WAC 180-50-117.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Proposed changes align state minimum graduation requirements with education reform.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Larry Davis, State Board of Education, Olympia, (360) 753-6715.

Name of Proponent: State Board of Education, governmental.

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

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: Proposed amendments and new section to chapter 180-50 WAC to bring current state minimum graduation requirements in alignment with education reform.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: Proposed amendments to WAC 180-50-115 and 180-50-135. Adding new section WAC 180-50-117.

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

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption.

Hearing Location: North Thurston School District, Board Room, 305 College Street N.E., Lacey, WA 98506, on October 25, 2000, at 8:30 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Laura Moore by October 18, 2000, TDD (360) 664-3631, or (360) 753-6715.

Submit Written Comments to: Rules Coordinator, State Board of Education, P.O. 47206, Olympia, WA 98504-7206, fax (360) 586-2357, by October 18, 2000.

Date of Intended Adoption: October 27, 2000.

September 6, 2000

Larry Davis

Executive Director

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 5-94, filed 1/19/94, effective 2/19/94)

WAC 180-50-115
Mandatory areas of study in the common school.

(1) ((Pursuant to RCW 28A.230.020 all)) School districts shall provide instruction in ((reading, penmanship, spelling, mathematics, geography, English grammar, physiology, hygiene, and history of the United States)) the subjects listed under RCW 28A.230.020.

(2) ((Pursuant to RCW 28A.230.030, unless instruction in a language other than English will aid the educational advancement of the student, all students shall be taught in English.

(3))) Pursuant to RCW 28A.230.130, ((after July 1, 1986,)) each school district offering a high school program shall provide students the opportunity to take a course of study which ((includes the preparation for)) affords them the opportunity to meet the uniform college and university entrance requirements as published by the ((council of postsecondary education)) higher education coordinating board. Districts are encouraged to offer such course of study through educational pathways that are required to be offered under RCW 28A.655.060 (3)(c), effective the 2002-03 school year.

(3) Each school district offering a high school program is strongly encouraged to provide students the opportunity to take a course of study which:

(a) Affords them the opportunity to acquire general work skills and knowledge and occupational skills for entry-level work; and/or

(b) Affords them the opportunity to earn vocational-technical certification that articulates with postsecondary programs and/or apprenticeship opportunities.

(c) Districts are encouraged to offer the course of study under this subsection through educational pathways that are required to be offered under RCW 28A.655.060 (3)(c), effective the 2002-03 school year.

(4) In addition to the requirements in the above subsections, each such school district shall offer all required courses for a high school diploma as provided in ((chapter 180-51)) WAC 180-51-060, and shall provide an opportunity for high school students to take at least one course in the following areas of study:

(a) Art;

(b) Career/occupational education;

(c) ((Computer)) Technology education;

(d) ((Consumer education;

(e))) Economics;

(((f))) (e) A language other than English which may include American Indian languages and American sign language. Districts shall offer the equivalent of at least three years of instruction in at least one language other than English;

(((g))) (f) Health education;

(((h) Home and family life;

(i))) (g) Family and consumer sciences, including, but not limited to, a work and family foundation course and a consumer and family resources course;

(h) Music;

(((j))) (i) Civics;

(j) Foreign culture;

(k) International relations;

(l) Media literacy;

(m) Political science;

(n) Sociology; and

(o) Remedial education, including at least, remedial education in reading, language arts, and mathematics.

(5) Districts shall make available to all high school students enrolled therein the areas of study enumerated above either within the district, including cross-integration of curriculum, or by alternative means which shall include equivalent education programs set forth in this chapter, interdistrict cooperative programs as permitted by RCW 28A.225.220, and/or the full-time or part-time release of such students to attend nonresident districts pursuant to chapter 392-137 WAC.

(6) ((Pursuant to RCW 28A.230.020)) Instruction ((about conservation, natural resources, and)) in science with special reference to the environment shall be provided at all grade levels pursuant to RCW 28A.230.020. The instruction is encouraged to include conservation and natural resources and is further encouraged to be taught in an interdisciplinary manner through science, the social studies, the humanities, and other appropriate areas with an emphasis on solving the problems of human adaptation to the environment.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. 94-03-104 (Order 5-94), 180-50-115, filed 1/19/94, effective 2/19/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130. 91-01-067, 180-50-115, filed 12/14/90, effective 1/14/91. Statutory Authority: 1990 c 33. 90-17-009, 180-50-115, filed 8/6/90, effective 9/6/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120 (6) and (8). 84-21-004 (Order 12-84), 180-50-115, filed 10/4/84.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 180-50-117
Mandatory areas of study in the common school.

(1) School districts shall provide instruction in the subjects listed under RCW 28A.230.020.

(2) Pursuant to RCW 28A.230.130, each school district offering a high school program shall provide students the opportunity to take a course of study which affords them the opportunity to meet the uniform college and university entrance requirements as published by the higher education coordinating board. Districts are encouraged to offer such course of study through educational pathways that are required to be offered under RCW 28A.655.060 (3)(c), effective the 2002-03 school year.

(3) Each school district offering a high school program is strongly encouraged to provide students the opportunity to take a course of study which:

(a) Affords them the opportunity to acquire general work skills and knowledge and occupational skills for entry-level work; and/or

(b) Affords them the opportunity to earn vocational-technical certification that articulates with postsecondary programs and/or apprenticeship opportunities.

(c) Districts are encouraged to offer the course of study under this subsection through educational pathways that are required to be offered under RCW 28A.655.060 (3)(c), effective the 2002-03 school year.

(4) In addition to the requirements in the above subsections, each such school district shall offer all required courses for a high school diploma as provided in chapter 180-51 WAC, and shall provide an opportunity for high school students to complete study in the following areas:

(a) A language other than English which may include American Indian languages and American sign language. Districts shall offer the equivalent of at least three years of instruction in at least one language other than English;

(b) Civics;

(c) Economics;

(d) Family and consumer sciences, including, but not limited to, a work and family foundation course and a consumer and family resources course;

(e) Foreign culture;

(f) International relations;

(g) Media literacy;

(h) Political science;

(i) Sociology;

(j) Technology education; and

(k) Reinstruction education in at least reading, language arts, and mathematics.

(5) Districts shall make available to all high school students enrolled therein the areas of study enumerated above either within the district, including cross-integration of curriculum, or by alternative means which shall include equivalent education programs set forth in this chapter, interdistrict cooperative programs as permitted by RCW 28A.225.220, and/or the full-time or part-time release of such students to attend nonresident districts pursuant to chapter 392-137 WAC.

(6) Instruction in science with special reference to the environment shall be provided at all grade levels pursuant to RCW 28A.230.020. The instruction is encouraged to include conservation and natural resources and is further encouraged to be taught in an interdisciplinary manner through science, the social studies, the humanities, and other appropriate areas with an emphasis on solving the problems of human adaptation to the environment.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 90-17-009, filed 8/6/90, effective 9/6/90)

WAC 180-50-135
Physical education -- Grade school and high school requirement.

(1) Grades 1-8. An average of at least ((twenty)) one hundred instructional minutes per ((day)) week per year in physical education shall be required of all pupils in the common schools in the grade school (grades 1-8) program unless waived pursuant to RCW 28A.230.040.

(2) Grades 9-12. A ((one-year)) one credit course(( -- i.e., 180 (50 minute) hours of instruction -- ))or its equivalent shall be offered in physical education for each grade (grades 9-12) in the high school program. ((Pursuant to RCW 28A.230.050 and 28A.230.090, two credits in physical education also shall be required for high school graduation unless waived pursuant to RCW 28A.230.050.))

[Statutory Authority: 1990 c 33. 90-17-009, 180-50-135, filed 8/6/90, effective 9/6/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120 (6) and (8) and 28A.05.060. 85-20-026 (Order 19-85), 180-50-135, filed 9/24/85. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.120 (6) and (8). 84-21-004 (Order 12-84), 180-50-135, filed 10/4/84.]

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