WSR 09-08-100




[ Filed March 31, 2009, 9:53 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 08-11-074.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 181-78A-540 describes the standard for skills and knowledge of teachers with certification. New section WAC 181-78A-125 describes field placement agreements. WAC 181-78A-132 is a new section describing requirements for out-of-state institutions of higher education wishing to develop field placements within Washington state.

Hearing Location(s): Maple Hall Auditorium, 1st and Commerce Street, LaConner, Washington 98257, on May 20, 2009, at 8:30 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: May 20, 2009.

Submit Written Comments to: David Brenna, Legislative and Policy Coordinator, P.O. Box 47236, Olympia, WA 98504, e-mail, fax (360) 586-4548, by May 16, 2009.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact David Brenna by May 18, 2009, TTY (360) 664-3631 or (360) 725-6238.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The rule change removes the language "ethical practice" from required demonstrated skills and knowledge in WAC 181-78A-540.

New section WAC 181-78A-125 provides rules for educator preparation programs to establish and maintain field placement agreements with all Washington school districts. Agreements to include duties, qualifications, length of placement and authorizing signatures.

New section WAC 181-78A-132 provides rules for out-of-state institution developing filed placements. Requirements include documentation of the institutions' regional status, state approval and, for programs offering degrees, higher education coordinating board approval. Rules further require program description in applications, start date and enrollment projections. Rule includes data and demonstration of regional demand as well as Washington state school district support. The field experience program must be based on Washington state standards for educator preparation. Out-of-state programs must prepare and submit agreements per WAC 181-78A-125, report to the professional educator standards board (PESB) as required and the PESB is required to post information on field experience programs in Washington state developed under this section on their web site.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Demonstrated skill and knowledge do not include ethical practice; issue of teacher conduct is addressed in WAC 181-87-005.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.410.210.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: PESB, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: David Brenna, 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 David Brenna, P.O. Box 47236, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 725-6238, fax (360) 586-3631, e-mail

March 25, 2009

David Brenna

Legislative and

Policy Coordinator


WAC 181-78A-125   Field placement agreements.   All educator preparation programs approved by the professional educator standards board shall establish and maintain field placement agreements with all Washington school districts in which candidates are placed for field experiences leading to certification or endorsement.

Each field placement agreement shall include, but not be limited to:

(1) Qualifications of the proposed site supervisor for each site and qualifications of each school's cooperating teacher/administrator;

(2) Duties and responsibilities of site supervisor and cooperating teacher/administrator;

(3) Anticipated length and nature of field experience;

(4) Signatures from district representative.


WAC 181-78A-132   Programs approved in other states operating field experiences in Washington state.   State approved preparation programs at a regionally accredited college or university in the professional field for which certification is issued that wish to enroll candidates for certification or endorsement in a supervised field experience within Washington state shall comply with the following:

(1) Application for approval. Each institution must submit a proposal that addresses components adopted and published by the professional educator standards board, including:

(a) Verification of regional accreditation;

(b) Verification of state approval;

(c) Verification of higher education coordinating board approval (if offering degree program);

(d) Planned certification or endorsement program;

(e) Proposed start date;

(f) Projected enrollment;

(g) Data indicating need for program related to geographic location or nature of program offered;

(h) Indication of Washington school district support for program;

(i) Explanation of means by which program will ensure candidates have formalized learning opportunities rooted in Washington state standards.

(2) Field placement agreements. Institutions must comply with requirements of WAC 181-78A-125.

(3) Annual data reporting.

(4) The professional educator standards board shall publish on its web site a list of those out-of-state programs approved to offer field experiences within Washington state.

(5) The professional educator standards board shall publish on its web site relevant program approval status information on the out-of-state program from the state in which the program is approved.

(6) Institutions will comply with applicable annual data reporting requirements requested by the professional educator standards board.



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

WAC 181-78A-540   Approval standard -- Knowledge and skills.   (1) Teacher. A successful candidate for the teacher professional certificate shall demonstrate:

(a) The knowledge and skills for effective teaching which ensure student learning by:

(i) Using instructional strategies that make learning meaningful and show positive impact on student learning;

(ii) Using a variety of assessment strategies and data to monitor and improve instruction;

(iii) Using appropriate classroom management principles, processes and practices to foster a safe positive, student-focused learning environment;

(iv) Designing and/or adapting challenging curriculum that is based on the diverse needs of each student;

(v) Demonstrating cultural sensitivity in teaching and in relationships with students, families, and community members;

(vi) Integrating technology into instruction and assessment; and

(vii) Informing, involving, and collaborating with families and community members as partners in each student's educational process including using information about student achievement and performance.

(b) A successful candidate for the professional certificate shall demonstrate the knowledge and skills for professional development by:

(i) Evaluating the effects of his/her teaching through feedback and reflection;

(ii) Using professional standards and district criteria to assess professional performance, and plan and implement appropriate growth activities; and

(iii) Remaining current in subject area(s), theories, practice((,)) and research ((and ethical practice)).

(c) A successful candidate for the professional certificate shall demonstrate professional contributions to the improvement of the school, community, and the profession by:

(i) Advocating for curriculum, instruction, and learning environments that meet the diverse needs of each student;

(ii) Participating collaboratively in school improvement activities and contributing to collegial decision making.

(2) Principal/program administrator. A successful candidate for the principal/program administrator professional certificate shall demonstrate the knowledge and skills at the professional certificate benchmark levels for the six standards pursuant to WAC 181-78A-270 (2)(b).

(3) Educational staff associate - school counselor, school psychologist, or school social worker. A successful candidate for the ESA professional certificate shall demonstrate the knowledge and skills at the professional certificate benchmark levels for the standards in the specific ESA role pursuant to WAC 181-78A-270 (5), (7), or (9).

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.210. 06-14-010, 181-78A-540, filed 6/22/06, effective 7/23/06. 06-02-051, recodified as 181-78A-540, filed 12/29/05, effective 1/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. 04-24-074, 180-78A-540, filed 11/30/04, effective 12/31/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.401.010 [28A.410.010]. 04-21-038, 180-78A-540, filed 10/15/04, effective 11/15/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130 and 28A.410.010. 02-18-037, 180-78A-540, filed 8/26/02, effective 9/26/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010 and 28A.305.130 (1) and (2). 00-03-049, 180-78A-540, 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-540, filed 12/23/98, effective 1/23/99.]

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