WSR 01-19-043

PROPOSED RULES

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION


[ Filed September 14, 2001, 11:08 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 01-15-102.

Title of Rule: WAC 180-16-200, 180-16-205, 180-16-215, 180-18-030, 180-18-060, and 180-18-080.

Purpose: Proposed rule changes necessary to align with the statutory changes.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.150.220, chapter 28A.630 RCW.

Summary: Changes to be determined at the October State Board of Education meeting.

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: As a result of the passage of the Improvement of Student Achievement Act in 1993, certain statutory provisions relating to basic education requirements were repealed or modified. The requested changes will align rules with statutory changes.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: See language shown below.

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, 305 College Street N.E., Lacey, WA 98516-5390, on October 24, 2001, at 8:30 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Laura Moore by October 15, 2001, TDD (360) 664-3631, or (360) 753-6715.

Submit Written Comments to: Rules Coordinator, State Board of Education, P.O. Box 47206, Olympia, WA 98504-7206, fax (360) 586-2357, by October 15, 2001.

Date of Intended Adoption: October 26, 2001.

September 13, 2001

Larry Davis

Executive Director

OTS-5042.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 95-20-086, filed 10/4/95, effective 11/4/95)

WAC 180-16-200   Total ((program)) instructional hour ((offering -- Basic skills and work skills requirements -- Waiver)) requirement.   (((1) Total program hour offering -- Definition.

(a) Each school district shall make available to students enrolled at least a total program hour offering as set forth in subsections (2) through (6) of this section. For the purpose of this section, "total program hour offering" shall mean those hours of sixty minutes each, inclusive of intermissions for class changes, recess and teacher/parent-guardian conferences which are planned and scheduled by the district for purposes of discussing students' educational needs or progress -- exclusive of time actually spent for eating lunchtime meals -- when students are provided the opportunity to engage in educational activity planned by and under the direction of school district staff, as directed by the administration and board of directors of the district.

For special education/handicapped programs operating in separate facilities in a school district, do not exclude the time actually spent for eating lunchtime meals if that time is specifically identified and utilized as instructional meal training for each student in the program.

(b) Adjustments of program hour offerings between grade level groupings. Any school district may petition the state board of education for a reduction in the total program hour offering requirements for one or more of the grade level groupings specified in subsections (2) through (6) of this section. The state board of education shall grant all such petitions that are accompanied by an assurance that the minimum total program hour offering requirements in one or more other grade level groupings will be exceeded concurrently by no less than the number of hours of the reduction.

(c) Each school district shall make available to students enrolled at least an instructional hour offering as set forth in subsections (3) through (6) of this section. For the purpose of this section, "instructional hour offering" shall mean those hours of sixty minutes each -- exclusive of recess time, passing time, total lunch intermission time, and noncountable release time on early dismissal days -- when students are provided the opportunity to engage in the basic skills and/or work skills offered by and under the direction of school district staff, as directed by the administration and board of directors of the district.

(d) A school district has "provided the opportunity to engage in" the basic skills and work skills activities required by this section when the district actually conducts basic skills and work skills instruction for students. If a district is not actually conducting the percentage(s) of basic skills and/or work skills required by this section, such district nevertheless shall be deemed to be in compliance with such requirements if such district's instructional time offered to students in basic skills and work skills instruction equals or exceeds the minimum instructional hour requirements in each grade level grouping as specified in subsections (3) through (6) of this section. A school district that makes a reasonable and good faith effort through the first day of the school term to provide students the opportunity to take the section(s) or course(s) necessary to comply with the basic skills and work skills percentages, as specified in subsections (3) through (6) of this section and no student enrolled in such section(s) or course(s), may count that section(s) or course(s) toward the total basic skills and work skills percentages offered to students that term. Each of the basic skills areas specified in subsections (2) through (6) of this section for a particular grade level grouping must be offered each school year to students at one or more of the grade levels within the particular grade level grouping. Instruction in at least one of the following work skills must be offered each school year to students at one or more of the grade levels within each of the grade level groupings specified in subsections (5) and (6) of this section: Industrial arts, home and family life education, business and office education, distributive education, agricultural education, health occupations education, vocational education, trade and industrial education, technical education and career education.

(e) Five percent variation -- Basic skills and work skills requirements. A school district may establish minimum course mix percentages that deviate within any grade level grouping by up to five percentage points above or below the minimums established by subsections (3) through (6) of this section, provided the total program hour offering requirement for the grade level grouping is met.

(2) Kindergarten. Each school district shall make available to students in kindergarten at least a total program offering of four hundred fifty hours each school year. The program shall include reading, arithmetic, language skills and such other subjects and activities as the school district shall determine to be appropriate for the education of the school district's students enrolled in such program.

(3) Grades 1 through 3. Each school district shall make available to students in grades one through three at least a total program hour offering of two thousand seven hundred hours each school year. A minimum of ninety-five percent (ninety percent with the five percent variation included, or 2,430 instructional hours) of such total program hour offerings shall be in the instruction of the basic skills areas of reading/language arts (which may include a language other than English), mathematics, social studies, science, music, art, health and physical education. The remaining five percent of the total program hour offerings may include such subjects and activities as the school district shall determine to be appropriate for the education of the school district's students in such grades.

(4) Grades 4 through 6. Each school district shall make available to students in grades four through six at least a total program offering of two thousand nine hundred seventy hours each school year. A minimum of ninety percent (eighty-five percent with the five percent variation included, or 2,524.5 instructional hours) of such total program hour offerings shall be in the instruction of the basic skills areas of reading/language arts (which may include a language other than English), mathematics, social studies, science, music, art, health and physical education. The remaining ten percent of the total program hour offerings may include such subjects and activities as the school district shall determine to be appropriate for the education of the school district's students in such grades.

(5) Grades 7 through 8. Each school district shall make available to students in grades seven through eight at least a total program hour offering of one thousand nine hundred eighty hours each school year. A minimum of eighty-five percent (eighty percent with the five percent variation included, or 1,584 instructional hours) of such total program hour offerings shall be in the instruction of the basic skills areas of reading/language arts (which may include a language other than English), mathematics, social studies, science, music, art, health and physical education. A minimum of ten percent (five percent with the five percent variation included, or 99 instructional hours) of the total program offerings shall be in the instruction of work skills. The remaining five percent of the total program hour offerings may include such subjects and activities as the school district shall determine to be appropriate for the education of the school district's students in such grades.

(6) Grades 9 through 12.

(a) Each school district shall make available to students in grades nine through twelve at least a total program hour offering of four thousand three hundred twenty hours each school year. A minimum of sixty percent (fifty-five percent with the five percent variation included, or 2,376 instructional hours) of such total program hour offerings shall be in the instruction of the basic skills areas of language arts, a language other than English, mathematics, social studies, science, music, art, health and physical education. A minimum of twenty percent (fifteen percent with the five percent variation included, or 648 instructional hours) of the total program hour offerings shall be in the instruction of work skills. The remainder of the total program hour offerings may include traffic safety or such subjects and activities as the school district shall determine to be appropriate for the education of the school district's students in such grades: Provided, That, whether or not the five percent deviations in course mix percentages allowed by subsection (2)(d) of this section are applied, not less than four hundred and thirty-two instructional hours (i.e., ten percent of the total program hour requirement) of such remaining instructional hours shall consist of basic skills and/or work skills: Provided, That any program hours and/or instructional hours not achieved due to the implementation of WAC 180-16-215(4) relating to students graduating from high school, shall not be deducted from the total program hours calculated.

(b) Grade nine option. Each school district shall have the option of including grade nine within the program hour offering requirements of grades seven and eight so long as such requirements for grades seven through nine are increased to two thousand nine hundred seventy hours and such requirements for grades ten through twelve are decreased to three thousand two hundred forty hours. Each school district shall state which option is in use when providing compliance documentation to the superintendent of public instruction.

(7) Basis and means for determining compliance with basic skills and work skills percentage requirements.

(a) Each school district shall adopt a written policy and procedure for establishing the basis and means for determining and monitoring compliance with the basic skills and work skills percentages, the course requirements and instructional hour minimums as established by this section. Written documentation of such annual determinations and monitoring activities shall be maintained on file by each school district.

(b) Handicapped education programs, vocational-technical institute programs, state institution, state residential school programs and alternative education programs where students are provided access to the basic skills/work skills offered in the regular program, all of which programs are conducted for the common school age, kindergarten through secondary school program students encompassed by this section, shall be exempt from the basic skills and work skills percentage and course requirements of this section in order that the unique needs, abilities or limitations of such students may be met.

(8) Waiver option, application and renewal procedures. See WAC 180-18-050 for waiver process.)) (1)(a) Kindergarten total instructional hour requirement - four hundred fifty hours annual minimum. (See RCW 28A.150.220 (1)(a).)

(b) Grades 1-12 total instructional hour requirement - district-wide annual average of one thousand hours. (See RCW 28A.150.220 (1)(b).) In grades one through twelve school districts may arrange their calendars in any way they determine as long as the district-wide annual average instructional hour requirement is at least one thousand hours.

(2) The basic education program requirements shall be as described under RCW 28A.150.220(1).

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.630 RCW and 1995 c 208. 95-20-086, 180-16-200, filed 10/4/95, effective 11/4/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. 94-03-104 (Order 5-94), 180-16-200, filed 1/19/94, effective 2/19/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220, 28A.320.200, 28A.150.260 and 1992 c 141. 92-17-053, 180-16-200, filed 8/17/92, effective 9/17/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220 and [28A.150.]260. 92-05-047, 180-16-200, filed 2/13/92, effective 3/15/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.127 and 28A.41.140. 86-21-020 (Order 15-86), 180-16-200, filed 10/7/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.58.754(6). 84-11-043 (Order 2-84), 180-16-200, filed 5/17/84. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.01.010, 28A.04.120, 28A.41.130, 28A.41.140, 28A.58.754, 28A.58.758, and 1979 ex.s. c 250. 79-10-033 (Order 10-79), 180-16-200, filed 9/12/79. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.41.130 and 28A.58.754. 78-06-097 (Order 3-78), 180-16-200, filed 6/5/78.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 95-20-086, filed 10/4/95, effective 11/4/95)

WAC 180-16-215   Minimum one hundred eighty school day year.   (1)(a) One hundred eighty school day requirement. Each school district shall conduct no less than a one hundred eighty school day program each school year in such grades as are conducted by such school district, and one hundred eighty half-days of instruction, or the equivalent, in kindergarten. If a school district schedules a kindergarten program other than one hundred eighty half-days, the district shall attach an explanation of its kindergarten schedule when providing compliance documentation to the ((superintendent of public instruction)) state board of education.

(b) Waiver option, application and renewal procedures. See WAC 180-18-050 for waiver process.

(2) School day defined. A school day shall mean each day of the school year on which pupils enrolled in the common schools of a school district are engaged in educational activity planned by and under the direction, supervision, or guidance of the school district staff, as directed by the administration, and pursuant to written policy and board of directors of the district.

(3) Accessibility of program. Each school district's program shall be accessible to all legally eligible students, including ((handicapped)) students of disability, who are five years of age and under twenty-one years of age who have not completed high school graduation requirements.

(4) Five-day flexibility - Students graduating from high school. A school district may schedule the last five school days of the one hundred eighty day school year for noninstructional purposes in the case of students who are graduating from high school, including, but not limited to, the observance of graduation and early release from school upon the request of a student.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.630 RCW and 1995 c 208. 95-20-086, 180-16-215, filed 10/4/95, effective 11/4/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.01.010, 28A.04.120, 28A.41.130, 28A.41.140, 28A.58.754, 28A.58.758, and 1979 ex.s. c 250. 79-10-033 (Order 10-79), 180-16-215, filed 9/12/79. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.41.130 and 28A.58.754. 78-06-097 (Order 3-78), 180-16-215, filed 6/5/78.]


REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 180-16-205 Classroom teacher contact hours requirement -- Waiver.

OTS-5043.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 95-20-054, filed 10/2/95, effective 11/2/95)

WAC 180-18-030   Waiver((s)) from total ((program)) instructional hour ((offerings, teacher contact hours requirements, and self-study)) requirements.   (((1))) A district desiring to implement a local restructuring plan to provide an effective educational system to enhance the educational program for all students may apply to the state board of education for a waiver from the total ((program)) instructional hour ((offerings)) requirements ((and basic skills/work skills percentages/instructional hours requirements pursuant to RCW 28A.150.200 through 28A.150.220 and WAC 180-16-200 (2) through (6). If a school district intends to waive total program hour offerings requirements under this subsection, it shall make available to students enrolled in kindergarten at least a total instructional offering of four hundred fifty hours, and to students enrolled in grades one through twelve at least a district-wide annual average total instructional hour offering of one thousand hours)). The state board of education ((shall)) may grant said ((initial)) waiver requests pursuant to RCW 28A.305.140 and WAC 180-18-050 for up to three school years.

(((2) A district desiring to implement a local restructuring plan to provide an effective educational system to enhance the educational program for all students may apply to the state board of education for a waiver from the classroom teacher contact hours requirement pursuant to RCW 28A.305.140 and WAC 180-16-205(5). In the event that a district develops an educational excellence component(s) which consists of less than the twenty-five hours of average teacher contact and the district determines but for the inclusion of this component(s) that it would meet the twenty-five-hour average teacher contact requirement, the district may apply for a waiver of the inclusion of this component(s) within the calculations. The state board of education shall grant said initial waiver request pursuant to RCW 28A.305.140 and WAC 180-18-050 for three school years.

(3) A district desiring to implement a local restructuring plan to provide an effective educational system to enhance the educational program for all students may apply to the state board of education for a waiver from the self-study requirements pursuant to RCW 28A.305.140 and WAC 180-53-070 (1) through (3). The state board of education shall grant said initial waiver requests pursuant to RCW 28A.305.140 and WAC 180-18-050 for three school years.))

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.630 RCW and 1995 c 208. 95-20-054, 180-18-030, filed 10/2/95, effective 11/2/95.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 95-20-054, filed 10/2/95, effective 11/2/95)

WAC 180-18-060   Waiver renewal procedure.   (((1) Waiver requests related to WAC 180-18-030 which are granted by the state board of education pursuant to WAC 180-18-030 and 180-18-050 shall be renewed every three years upon the state board of education receiving a renewal request from the school district board of directors. Before filing the request, the school district shall conduct at least one public meeting to evaluate the educational programs that were implemented as a result of the waivers. The request to the state board of education shall include information regarding the activities and programs implemented as a result of the waivers, whether higher standards for students are being achieved, and a summary of the comments received at the public meeting or meetings.

(2))) Waiver requests related to WAC 180-18-040 which are granted by the state board of education pursuant to WAC 180-18-030 and 180-18-050 may be renewed every three years upon the state board of education receiving a renewal request from the school district board of directors. Before filing the request, the school district shall conduct at least one public meeting to evaluate the educational programs that were implemented as a result of the waivers. The request to the state board of education shall include information regarding the activities and programs implemented as a result of the waivers, whether higher standards for students are being achieved, and a summary of the comments received at the public meeting or meetings.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.630 RCW and 1995 c 208. 95-20-054, 180-18-060, filed 10/2/95, effective 11/2/95.]


REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 180-18-080 Alternative waiver application procedure.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office