WSR 07-12-007




[ Filed May 24, 2007, 2:03 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 06-23-143.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 181-78A-525 Approval standard -- Accountability.

Hearing Location(s): Red Lion Hotel, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive, Olympia, WA 98502, on July 11, 2007, at 8:30 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: July 11, 2007.

Submit Written Comments to: Nasue Nishida, P.O. Box 47236, Olympia, 98504, e-mail, fax (360) 586-4548, by July 5, 2007.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Nasue Nishida by July 5, 2007, TTY (360) 664-3631 or (360) 725-6238.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Comply with ESSB 5983 passed by the legislature which calls for a "less intensive evaluation cycle every three years once a program received full approval." The teacher professional certificate program annual reporting will be the process used for the less intensive evaluation of programs.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: This process is already in place and is more efficient and cost effective for OSPI and institutions.

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, P.O. Box 42736 [47236], Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 725-6238.

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) 725-6238, fax (360) 586-4548, e-mail

May 24, 2007

Nasue Nishida

Policy and Research Analyst


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 07-04-004, filed 1/24/07, effective 2/24/07)

WAC 181-78A-525   Approval standard -- Accountability.   The following evidence shall be evaluated to determine whether each professional certificate program is in compliance with the program approval standards of WAC 181-78A-515(2). Each college, university or educational service district shall:

(1) Submit for initial approval to the professional educator standards board a performance-based professional certificate program for teachers which shall include the five program components specified in WAC 181-78A-535(4).

(2) Provide documentation that the respective professional education advisory board has participated in the development of and has approved the proposal.

(3) Identify the professional certificate administrator who shall be responsible for the administration of the professional certificate program.

(4) Delegate to the professional certificate administrator responsibility for reviewing or overseeing the following: Application for the professional certificate program; advising candidates once accepted; developing and implementing the individualized professional growth plan, the instruction and assistance components, and the assessment seminar; maintaining current records on the status of all candidates accepted into the professional certificate program; and serving as the liaison with the superintendent of public instruction certification office to facilitate the issuance of the professional certificates when candidates have met the required standards.

(5) Establish the admission criteria that candidates for the professional certificate shall meet to be accepted into the professional certificate program.

(6) Describe the procedures that the approved program will use to determine that a candidate has successfully demonstrated the standards and criteria for the professional certificate set forth in WAC 181-78A-540.

(7) Prepare an annual summary of the status of all candidates in the program and submit the summary to the respective professional education advisory board.

(8) Submit any additional information required to the respective professional education advisory board that it requests.

(9) Submit an annual ((evaluations of the professional certificate program until the program receives full approval and participate in a)) report to the professional educator standards board as part of a less intensive evaluation cycle ((every three years thereafter)) which will include the following:

(a) A summary of course work requirements for the preassessment and culminating seminars, linkages of the program to individual teacher professional growth plans, linkages to school district and school improvement plans, and, to the extent possible, linkages to school district professional development programs where such programs are in place in school districts.

(b) A summary of program design, assessment procedures and program revisions in the previous year.

(c) The number of candidates completing the program during the period between September 1 and August 31.

(d) The number of candidates enrolled in the program.

(e) Other information related to the professional certificate program requested by the professional educator standards board.

(10) Facilitate an on-site review of the program when requested by the professional educator standards board to ensure that the program meets the state's program approval standards and to provide assessment data relative to the performance standards.

Provided, That the on-site reviews shall be scheduled on a five-year cycle unless the professional educator standards board approves a variation in the schedule.

Provided further, That colleges and universities seeking National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation may request from the professional educator standards board approval for concurrent site visits which shall utilize the same documentation whenever possible.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.210. 07-04-004, 181-78A-525, filed 1/24/07, effective 2/24/07; 06-14-010, 181-78A-525, filed 6/22/06, effective 7/23/06. 06-02-051, recodified as 181-78A-525, filed 12/29/05, effective 1/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010 and 28A.305.130 (1) and (2). 00-03-049, 180-78A-525, filed 1/14/00, effective 2/14/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130 (1) and (2), 28A.410.010 and 28A.150.220(4). 99-01-174, 180-78A-525, filed 12/23/98, effective 1/23/99.]

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