WSR 06-24-081




[ Filed December 5, 2006, 8:43 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 06-21-066.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 181-78A-509 Overview -- Educational staff associate -- School counselor/school psychologist/school social worker professional certificate programs.

Hearing Location(s): Comfort Inn & Conference Center, 1620 74th Avenue S.W., Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 352-0691, on January 17, 2007, at 8:30 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: January 17, 2007.

Submit Written Comments to: Nasue Nishida, P.O. Box 47236, Olympia, WA 98504-7236, e-mail, fax (360) 586-4548, by January 10, 2007.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Nasue Nishida by January 10, 2007, TTY (360) 664-3631 or (360) 725-6275.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Change implementation of educational staff associates (ESA) professional certificate programs from September 1, 2007, to September 1, 2008.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Because the ESA professional certificate benchmarks have recently been approved, implementation by professional certificate programs will take time to implement. Current WAC states September 1, 2007, as the deadline for programs to be within compliance. This may not be a realistic timeline given the benchmarks have just been approved.

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, Old Capitol Building, 600 South Washington Street, Olympia, 98504, (360) 725-6275.

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 98504-7236, phone (360) 725-6275, fax (360) 586-4548, e-mail nasue.nishida@k12.[].

December 1, 2006

Nasue Nishida

Policy and Research Analyst


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

WAC 181-78A-509   Overview -- Educational staff associate -- School counselor/school psychologist/school social worker professional certificate programs.   By September 1, ((2007)) 2008, all colleges and universities offering ESA professional certificate programs must be in compliance with the new program standards. To obtain a professional ESA certificate, individuals will need to hold a valid ESA residency certificate, be employed in his/her ESA role in a public school district, professional educator standards board-approved private school or state agency providing educational services for students, and complete a professional educator standards board-approved professional ESA certificate program in his/her ESA role.

(1) The professional certificate requires successful demonstration of the ESA role standards at the professional certificate benchmark levels, or above, and the candidate will need to provide evidence that he/she has had a positive impact on student learning.

(2) The candidate shall develop an individual professional growth plan to be reviewed and agreed upon after input from and consultation with his/her professional growth team. The individual growth plan shall be based on an assessment of the candidate's ability to demonstrate standards at the professional benchmark level and evidence of a positive impact on student learning.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.210. 06-14-010, 181-78A-509, filed 6/22/06, effective 7/23/06. 06-02-051, recodified as 181-78A-509, filed 12/29/05, effective 1/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.401.010 [28A.410.010]. 04-21-038, 180-78A-509, filed 10/15/04, effective 11/15/04.]

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