WSR 09-20-111




[ Filed October 7, 2009, 11:50 a.m. ]

Continuance of WSR 09-16-054.

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

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: 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): Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Green Drive, Vancouver, WA 98662, on November 12, 2009, at 8:30 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: November 12, 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 November 5, 2009.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact David Brenna, by November 5, 2009, TTY (360) 664-3631 or (360) 725-6238.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: 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 schold [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: Professional educator standards board, governmental.

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

July 29, 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) Assurances that:

(a) Fingerprint and character clearance under RCW 28A.410.010 must be current at all times during the field experience; and

(b) Candidates will not be placed in settings that present conflict of interest or where personal relationships exist that could interfere with objective evaluation of candidates.

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

(3) Clear description by institution of duties and responsibilities of site supervisor and cooperating teacher/administrator;

(4) Anticipated length and nature of field experience;

(5) 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 under WAC 181-78A-125 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) 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) Institutions will comply with applicable annual reporting requirements requested by the professional educator standards board. Failure to report any change in status as submitted under subsection (1)(a) through (h) of this section may result in a loss of approval to operate field placements in Washington state.

(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) Out-of-state institutions with candidates needing to arrange a supervised field experience within Washington state and through an in-state institution on an infrequent basis for a limited number of candidates may seek a waiver for the requirements of this section from the professional educator standards board.


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