WSR 08-08-105

PROPOSED RULES

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR

STANDARDS BOARD

[ Filed April 2, 2008, 8:16 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 06-23-145.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 181-82-105 Assignment of classroom teachers within districts and 181-82-110 Exceptions to classroom teachers assignment policy.

Hearing Location(s): Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel, 201 North Wenatchee Avenue, Wenatchee, WA 98801, on May 21, 2008, at 8:30 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: May 21, 2008.

Submit Written Comments to: Nasue Nishida, P.O. Box 47236, Olympia, 98504, e-mail nasue.nishida@k12.wa.us, fax (360) 586-4548, by May 10, 2008.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Nasue Nishida by May 10, 2008, TTY (360) 664-3631 or (360) 725-6238.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The professional educator standards board proposes language to create a conditional waiver for teachers assigned out-of-endorsement. The conditional waiver will ensure the most qualified teacher is assigned to a particular classroom for which no properly endorsed teacher can be found. It is similar to office of superintendent of public instruction's special education preendorsement waiver.

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, 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, phone (360) 725-6238, fax (360) 586-4548, e-mail nasue.nishida@k12.wa.us.

April 2, 2008

Nasue Nishida

Policy and Research Analyst

OTS-1430.1


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

WAC 181-82-105   Assignment of classroom teachers within districts.   In addition to holding teaching permits or certificates as required by WAC 180-16-220(2), the assignment of classroom teachers in the basic program of education shall comply with the following:

(1) Classroom teachers with standard or unendorsed continuing teacher certificates may be assigned to any grade or subject areas for which certification is required.

(2) Classroom teachers with initial, residency, endorsed continuing, or professional teacher certificates may be assigned only to the specified grades and specified subject areas stated as endorsements upon their respective certificates or permits.

(3) Classroom teachers with initial, residency, endorsed continuing, or professional teacher certificates who have an elementary education endorsement may be assigned to teach any subject in grades K-8.

(4) Any certificated teacher who has completed twenty-four quarter hours (sixteen semester hours) of academic study in a content area that will be offered in grades four through nine may be assigned to that course even if the teacher does not hold an endorsement in that area.

(5) Any certificated teacher may be assigned to a middle school or junior high school block program, which for the purpose of this section shall be defined as the same teacher assigned to teach two or more subject areas to the same group of students, if the teacher has an endorsement in one of the subject areas and has completed or will complete within one year nine quarter hours in each of the other subject areas.

(6) Upon determination by school districts that teachers have the competencies to be effective teachers in alternative settings, individuals with initial, residency, endorsed continuing, or professional teacher certificates may be assigned to teach in alternative schools.

(7) Any certificated teacher may be assigned to courses offered in basic education subject areas not included with the list of endorsements specified in WAC ((181-82-202)) 181-82A-202.

(8) Any certificated teacher may be assigned to serve as a substitute classroom teacher at any grade level or in any subject area for a period not to exceed thirty consecutive school days in any one assignment.

(9) Any certificated person holding a limited certificate as specified in WAC 181-79A-230 or a career and technical education certificate as specified in chapter 181-77 WAC may be assigned as per the provisions of such section or chapter.

(10) If a teacher is assigned to provide special education, then the district must also comply with WAC 392-172-200 and 392-172-202.

(11)(a) For the purpose of this section, the term "specified subject areas" shall mean courses or classes with the same subject area title as specified by the classroom teacher's endorsement and courses or classes which the board of directors of the district, using the endorsement-related assignment table published by the professional educator standards board as a nonbinding guideline, determines to substantially include the same subject area as the endorsement--e.g., a classroom teacher with a health endorsement may be assigned to any course, regardless of course title, which substantially includes health as the subject area.

(b) The endorsement-related assignment table published by the professional educator standards board may not be changed without prior professional educator standards board approval. Endorsement-related assigned classroom teachers must be evaluated annually specific to the assignment and achieve a satisfactory rating to continue in the assignment.

(12) Exceptions to the assignment requirements of subsection (1) of this section must comply with WAC 181-82-110.

(13) School district compliance with this section shall be subject to the state staff review process specified in WAC 180-16-195(2).

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.210. 06-14-010, 181-82-105, filed 6/22/06, effective 7/23/06. 06-02-051, recodified as 181-82-105, filed 12/29/05, effective 1/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. 03-23-039, 180-82-105, filed 11/12/03, effective 12/13/03; 02-18-038, 180-82-105, filed 8/26/02, effective 9/26/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010 and 28A.305.130 (1) through (4). 02-04-018, 180-82-105, filed 1/24/02, effective 2/24/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130 (1) and (2), 28A.410.010 and 28A.150.220(4). 99-04-008, 180-82-105, filed 1/21/99, effective 2/21/99.]


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

WAC 181-82-110   Exceptions to classroom teacher assignment policy.   Exceptions to the classroom teacher assignment policy specified in WAC 181-82-105 shall be limited to the following:

(1) Upon determination by school districts that teachers have the competencies to be effective teachers in areas other than their endorsed areas, individuals with initial, residency, endorsed continuing, or professional teacher certificates who have completed provisional status with a school district under RCW 28A.405.220 may be assigned to classes other than in their areas of endorsement. If teachers are so assigned, the following shall apply:

(a) A designated representative of the district and any such teacher so assigned shall mutually develop a written plan which provides for necessary assistance to the teacher, and which provides for a reasonable amount of planning and study time associated specifically with the out-of-endorsement assignment;

(b) Such teachers shall not be subject to nonrenewal or probation based on evaluations of their teaching effectiveness in the out-of-endorsement assignments;

(c) Such teaching assignments shall be approved by a formal vote of the local school board for each teacher so assigned; and

(d) The assignment of such teachers for the previous school year shall be reported annually to the professional educator standards board by the employing school district as required by WAC 180-16-195. Included in the report shall be the number of teachers in out-of-endorsement assignments and the specific assistance being given to the teachers.

(2) Teachers with initial, residency, endorsed continuing, or professional teacher certificates who have not completed provisional status with a school district under RCW 28A.405.220 may be assigned to one out-of-endorsement assignment for a maximum of two periods (not more than forty percent full-time equivalent) a day. Conditions described in subsection (1)(a) through (d) of this section shall apply to teachers so assigned.

(3) After August 31, 2000, a teacher who has completed twenty-four quarter credit hours (sixteen semester credit hours) of course work applicable to a special education endorsement shall be eligible for a waiver from the special education office which will allow that person to be employed as a special education teacher. All remaining requirements shall be completed within five years of service as a special education teacher. Teachers who hold certificates endorsed in special education or who have received waivers from the special education office prior to September 1, 2000, shall not be affected by the requirements of this subsection.

(4) After August 31, 2008, a teacher who has completed eighteen quarter credit hours (twelve semester credit hours) of coursework applicable to an endorsement, other than special education for which subsection (3) of this section addresses, shall be eligible for a conditional waiver from the professional educator standards board. Approved conditional waivers will allow a teacher to be employed in the subject matter area for which they do not hold the endorsement as long as they are enrolled in an endorsement program and attain the full endorsement within four years. Application for a conditional waiver shall be made to the professional educator standards board.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.210. 06-14-010, 181-82-110, filed 6/22/06, effective 7/23/06. 06-02-051, recodified as 181-82-110, filed 12/29/05, effective 1/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. 03-04-023, 180-82-110, filed 1/27/03, effective 2/27/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.220(4), 28A.305.130(1), 28A.410.018. 00-18-063, 180-82-110, filed 9/1/00, effective 10/2/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130 (1) and (2), 28A.410.010 and 28A.150.220(4). 99-04-008, 180-82-110, filed 1/21/99, effective 2/21/99.]

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