WSR 13-20-060
[Filed September 26, 2013, 2:08 p.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 07-19-107.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Amends WAC 181-02-002 creating consistency in rules governing alternative and equivalent assessments to the WEST-B. Equivalent tests to the WEST-B may be submitted section-by-section.
Hearing Location(s): ESD 112, 2500 N.E. 65th Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98661, on November 14, 2013, at 8:30.
Date of Intended Adoption: November 14, 2013.
Submit Written Comments to: David Brenna, Old Capitol Building, 600 Washington Street, Room 400, Olympia, WA 98504, e-mail, fax (360) 586-4548, by November 7, 2013.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact David Brenna by November 7, 2013, (360) 725-6238.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Alternative assessments may be submitted by section (math, reading, writing) and meet the requirements for WEST-B. Equivalent assessments, such as the Praxis I, have only been permitted by whole test. The change will make the equivalent and alternative assessments consistent.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: Legislation HB 1178, Laws of 2013.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.410.220.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 28A.410.220.
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, Old Capitol Building, 600 Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 725-6238.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. No fiscal impact.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. Not applicable.
September 26, 2013
David Brenna
Senior Policy Analyst
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 13-16-051, filed 8/1/13, effective 9/1/13)
WAC 181-01-002 WEST-B exemptions.
(1) Candidates who are prepared and/or certified out-of-state applying for a Washington state residency teaching certificate under WAC 181-79A-257 (1)(b) or 181-79A-260, or out-of-state candidates applying to masters-degree level teacher preparation programs residing outside of the state of Washington at time of application, in lieu of passing the WEST-B, may present evidence of passing an alternative assessment per WAC 181-01-0025, or may provide official documentation of scores on the Praxis I or the California basic educational skills test (CBEST®) or the NES® Essential Academic Skills test which meet the minimum passing scores adopted by the professional educator standards board. A candidate may substitute a passing score on one or more sections of the Praxis I, CBEST® or NES® EAS for the equivalent passing score on the WEST-B.
(2) Candidates applying for a Washington state residency or professional teaching certificate under WAC 181-79A-257 (1)(b) who hold a certificate through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards are exempt from the WEST-B requirement.