WSR 15-13-119
[Filed June 16, 2015, 4:15 p.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 15-09-121.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 392-194-002 Fee for processing initial educator certificate applications and subsequent actions. Due to the implementation of ESHB 1449 (RCW 28A.410.062) the superintendent of public instruction (OSPI) will charge a nonrefundable fee for processing any applications or requests for administration actions which results in the issuance of a certificate, renewal, or reissuance of a permit or certificate at a sufficient level to defray the costs of administering the educator certification program.
Hearing Location(s): OSPI, Policy Conference Room, 600 Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98504-7200, on July 30, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: July 31, 2015.
Submit Written Comments to: David Kinnunen, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200, e-mail, fax (360) 586-0145, by July 23, 2015.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Kristin Murphy by July 23, 2015, TTY (360) 725-3631 or (360) 725-6133.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: OSPI's professional certification office operations is solely funded by the processing fee established by ESHB 1449. The purpose of this revision is to increase the fee by six dollars to more adequately set a sufficient processing level fee to defray the costs of administering the educator certification program.
This proposed fee adjustment is necessary to defray the ongoing and additional activity incurred by the professional certification office due to increased customer service activity and application processing.
With the restricted certification activity by educational service districts in Washington state, OSPI's professional certification office customer service activity has dramatically increased. Phone service has increased over twenty percent with the number of call-backs due to phone service overload increased sixty-six percent. Person-to-person assistance has increased from a monthly average of twenty-five to thirty to over two hundred fifty for the months of June, July, and August 2014. E-mails received by OSPI's professional certification office increased thirty-six percent from twenty-one thousand one hundred eighty-nine in 2010 to thirty-two thousand seven hundred twenty in 2014.
Additionally, out-of-state applications and additional endorsement applications requested directly to OSPI have increased 52.9 percent from 2010 to 2014.
The anticipated impact of customer service activity was greater than the staffing originally projected to adequately respond to Washington state educators, school districts administrator personnel, and the general public. Educator hiring and school district placements are impacted by OSPI's professional certification office's ability to sufficiently and adequately respond to customer service requests and requests for applications.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.410.062.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 28A.410.062.
Name of Proponent: OSPI, professional certification office, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation, and Enforcement: David Kinnunen, Olympia, Washington, (360) 725-6406.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. There is no fiscal impact to school districts.
June 16, 2015
Randy Dorn
Superintendent of
Public Instruction
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 12-03-065, filed 1/12/12, effective 2/12/12)
WAC 392-194-002 Fee for processing initial educator certificate applications and subsequent actions.
Effective October 1, 2011, the superintendent of public instruction will charge a nonrefundable fee of ((thirty-three)) thirty-nine dollars for processing any certificate application or requests for administrative action which results in the issuance, renewal or reissuance of a permit or certificate pursuant to RCW 28A.410.010, 28A.410.025, 28A.410.210, and chapters 181-85 and 181-77 WAC; for issuance of a letter authorizing internship/student teaching pursuant to WAC 181-78A-130; and any subsequent action upon any certificate or permit referred to within this chapter. Educator certificates governed under this chapter include:
(1) Teacher. The teacher certificate, including teacher exchange permits as provided in WAC 181-79A-140, authorizes service as a classroom teacher.
(2) Career and technical. The career and technical education certificate authorizes service in career and technical education programs in accordance with the provisions of chapter 181-77 WAC.
(3) First people's language/culture. The first peoples' language, culture, and oral tribal traditions teacher certificate authorizes service as defined under WAC 181-78A-700(8).
(4) Administrator.
(5) Educational staff associate. The educational staff associate certificate authorizes service in the roles of school speech pathologists or audiologists, school counselors, school nurses, school occupational therapists, school physical therapists, school psychologists, and school social workers: Provided, That nothing within chapter 181-79A WAC authorizes professional practice by an educational staff associate which is otherwise prohibited or restricted by any other law, including licensure statutes and rules and regulations promulgated by the appropriate licensure board or agency.
(6) Limited certificates. The following limited certificates are issued to individuals under specific circumstances set forth in WAC 181-79A-231:
(a) Conditional certificate.
(b) Substitute certificate.
(c) Emergency certificate.
(d) Emergency substitute certificate.
(e) Nonimmigrant alien exchange teacher.
(f) Intern substitute teacher certificate.
(g) Transitional certificate.
(h) Provisional alternative administrative certificate.