WSR 07-23-041

PERMANENT RULES

SUPERINTENDENT OF

PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

[ Filed November 14, 2007, 11:39 a.m. , effective December 15, 2007 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: These rule revisions clarify guidance on when to start counting education and experience for nondegreed vocational/career and technical education (CTE) instructors, and what may, and may not, count as nondegree credits.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 392-121-259 and 392-121-264.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.150.290(1).

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 07-17-016 on August 6, 2007.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: Addition of the phrase "and regardless of type of vocational/career and technical education certificate held" to three areas, (WAC 392-121-259 (3)(a)(i), (b), and 392-121-264 (1)(e)), per request of the state auditor's office.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: November 14, 2007.

Dr. Terry Bergeson

Superintendent of

Public Instruction

OTS-9856.3


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 06-19-045, filed 9/15/06, effective 10/16/06)

WAC 392-121-259   Definition -- Nondegree credits.   As used in this chapter, "nondegree credits" means credits recognized for nondegreed certificated instructional employees as follows:

(1) Zero credits shall be recognized for persons holding a valid certificate other than a certificate included in subsection (2) or (3) of this section.

(2) Thirty credits shall be recognized for persons holding a valid continuing or standard school nurse certificate.

(3) Persons holding valid vocational/career and technical education certificates as provided for in chapter 181-77 WAC shall accumulate recognized credits as follows:

(a) One credit for each one hundred clock hours of occupational experience as defined in WAC 181-77-003(7) ((such that each calendar year is limited to a maximum of twenty credits.)), subject to the following conditions and limitations:

(i) Clock hours of occupational experience used in determining nondegree credits must be earned after meeting the minimum vocational/career and technical education certification requirements of three years (six thousand hours) as established in WAC 181-77-041 (1)(a)(i), regardless of when the initial certificate is issued and regardless of type of vocational/career and technical education certificate held.

(ii) Nondegree credits based on occupational experience shall be limited to a maximum of twenty credits per calendar year.

(iii) Nondegree credits based on occupational experience shall exclude experience determined pursuant to WAC 392-121-264 (1)(a) through (d).

(b) One credit for each ten clock hours of vocational/career and technical education educator training meeting the requirements of WAC 181-77-003 (2), (9), or (12). Clock hours of vocational/career and technical education educator training used in determining nondegree credits must be earned after meeting the minimum vocational/career and technical education certification requirements as established in WAC 181-77-041 (1)(b) and (c), regardless of when the initial certificate is issued and regardless of type of vocational/career and technical education certificate held.

(4) Credits earned after September 1, 1995, must satisfy the additional requirements of WAC 392-121-262.

(5) Accumulate credits rounded to one decimal place.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290(1). 06-19-045, 392-121-259, filed 9/15/06, effective 10/16/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290(1) and section 503 (1)(b) of the 2002 supplemental budget. 02-22-065, 392-121-259, filed 11/1/02, effective 12/2/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290 and chapter 28A.415 RCW. 97-22-106 (Order 97-07), 392-121-259, filed 11/5/97, effective 12/6/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290. 95-21-096 (Order 95-09), 392-121-259, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290, 28A.150.400 and the Biennial Operating Appropriations Act. 94-01-190, 392-121-259, filed 12/22/93, effective 1/22/94.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 06-19-045, filed 9/15/06, effective 10/16/06)

WAC 392-121-264   Definition -- Certificated years of experience.   Regardless of the experience factors used by a school district for the purposes of its salary schedule(s), as used in this chapter, the term "certificated years of experience" means the number of years of accumulated full-time and part-time professional education employment prior to the current reporting school year in the state of Washington, out-of-state, and a foreign country. School districts shall report all certificated years of experience including those beyond the experience limit of the school district's salary schedule.

(1) Professional education employment shall be limited to the following:

(a) Employment in public or private preschools or elementary and secondary schools in positions which require certification where:

(i) Schools include the Centrum education program, the Pacific Science Center education program, and educational centers authorized under chapter 28A.205 RCW;

(ii) Certification means the concurrent public professional education licensing requirements established in the state, province, country, or other governmental unit in which employment occurred and which, for the state of Washington, refers to the certificates authorized by WAC 181-79A-140 and temporary permits authorized by WAC 181-79A-128;

(b) Employment in public or private vocational-technical schools, technical colleges, community/junior colleges, colleges, and universities in positions comparable to those which require certification in Washington school districts;

(c) Employment in a governmental educational agency with regional administrative responsibilities for preschool, elementary, and/or secondary education including but not limited to an educational service district, office of the superintendent of public instruction, or United States department of education in any professional position including but not limited to C.P.A., architect, business manager, or physician;

(d) Experience in the following areas:

(i) Military, Peace Corps, or Vista service which interrupted professional education employment included in (a), (b), or (c) of this subsection; and

(ii) Sabbatical leave.

(e) For nondegreed vocational/career and technical education instructors, up to a maximum of six years of management experience as defined in WAC 181-77-003 acquired after the instructor meets the minimum vocational/career and technical education certification requirements of three years (six thousand hours) established in WAC 181-77-041 (1)(a)(i), regardless of when the initial certificate is issued and regardless of type of vocational/career and technical education certificate held. If a degree is obtained while employed in the state of Washington as a nondegreed vocational/career and technical education instructor, the eligible years of management experience pursuant to this subsection reported on Report S-275 prior to the awarding of the degree shall continue to be reported but shall not increase.

(2) Years of full-time and part-time professional education employment prior to the current reporting school year are accumulated as follows:

(a) For each professional education employment which is not employment as a casual substitute pursuant to subsection (1)(a) of this section;

(i) Determine the total number of hours per year for an employee working full-time with each employer;

(ii) Determine the number of hours per year with each employer excluding unpaid leave;

(iii) Calculate the quotient of the hours determined in (a)(ii) of this subsection divided by the hours in (a)(i) of this subsection rounded to two decimal places for each year.

(b) For professional education employment as a casual substitute pursuant to subsection (1)(a) of this section:

(i) Determine the total number of full-time equivalent substitute days per year;

(ii) Calculate the quotient of full-time equivalent days determined in (b)(i) of this subsection divided by 180 rounded to two decimal places for each year.

(c) No more than 1.0 year may be accumulated in any traditional nine-month academic year or any twelve-month period.

(i) Accumulate, for each year, professional education employment calculated in (a)(iii) and (b)(ii) of this subsection.

(ii) Determine the smaller of the result in (c)(i) of this subsection or 1.00 for each year.

(d) Determine certificated years of experience as the accumulation of all years of professional education employment calculated in (c)(ii) of this subsection and report such years rounded to one decimal place.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290(1). 06-19-045, 392-121-264, filed 9/15/06, effective 10/16/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290(1) and section 503 (1)(b) of the 2002 supplemental budget. 02-22-065, amended and recodified as 392-121-264, filed 11/1/02, effective 12/2/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290 and chapter 28A.415 RCW. 97-22-106 (Order 97-07), 392-121-245, filed 11/5/97, effective 12/6/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290. 95-21-096 (Order 95-09), 392-121-245, filed 10/18/95, effective 11/18/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290, 28A.150.400 and the Biennial Operating Appropriations Act. 94-01-190, 392-121-245, filed 12/22/93, effective 1/22/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.41.055 and 28A.41.170. 88-03-013 (Order 88-8), 392-121-245, filed 1/11/88.]

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