WSR 15-01-061
[Filed December 11, 2014, 1:38 p.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 14-15-083.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: New section WAC 181-79A-227, requiring dual endorsements for science endorsements beginning in September 2019.
Hearing Location(s): Radisson Hotel, SeaTac Airport, 18118 International Boulevard, Seattle, WA 98188, on March 19, 2015, at 8:30.
Date of Intended Adoption: March 19, 2015.
Submit Written Comments to: David Brenna, 600 Washington Street, Room 400, Olympia, WA 98504, e-mail, fax (360) 586-4548, by March 12, 2015.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact David Brenna by March 12, 2015, (360) 725-6238.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Endorsements in science include designated science: Biology, chemistry, physics and earth/space. Additional rigor is required in the designated science. New issue certificates for science must include one designated endorsement in order to hold the general science beginning in September 2019. Applies to out-of-state transfer teachers as well.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 28A.410 RCW.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
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, 600 Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 725-6238, fax (360) 586-4548, e-mail
December 11, 2014
David Brenna
Senior Policy Analyst
WAC 181-79A-227 Science endorsement requirements.
(1) Per WAC 181-82A-215, all teachers are required to hold at least one endorsement. Candidates pursuing a science endorsement in a state-approved program must earn and/or hold the science endorsement before September 1, 2019. After September 1, 2019, only certified teachers with designated science endorsements, which include biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, or physics, can obtain the general science endorsement.
(2) Individuals certified in Washington state and holding a science endorsement prior to September 1, 2019, are exempt from the requirements of this section.
(3) Individuals applying for a Washington state teacher certificate that have completed an out-of-state teacher preparation program in general science may have two years in which to add one of the designated science endorsements.