WSR 17-18-031
[Filed August 28, 2017, 1:41 p.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 07-19-108.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Amends WAC 181-02-002 to clarify that out-of-state teachers applying for Washington certification must verify three years' teaching experience with a school district in the same subject area in order to be exempt from the testing requirement.
Hearing Location(s): On November 29, 2017, at 8:30, at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive, Vancouver, WA 98662.
Date of Intended Adoption: November 29, 2017.
Submit Written Comments to: David Brenna, 600 Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98504, email, by November 29, 2017.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact David Brenna, phone 360-725-6238, fax 360-586-4548, email, by November 22, 2017.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: Clarifies classroom experience verification for out-of-state teacher candidates.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: 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, 600 Washington Street, Olympia, 360-725-6238.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. Clarification of regulation.
This rule proposal, or portions of the proposal, is exempt from requirements of the Regulatory Fairness Act because the proposal:
Is exempt under RCW 19.85.025(3) as the rules relate only to internal governmental operations that are not subject to violation by a nongovernment party; and rules only correct typographical errors, make address or name changes, or clarify language of a rule without changing its effect.
August 28, 2017
David Brenna
Senior Policy Analyst
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 17-11-069, filed 5/17/17, effective 6/17/17)
WAC 181-02-002 WEST-E exemptions.
(1) Individuals who hold a certificate through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards are exempt from the ((WEST-E)) subject knowledge area requirement if there is a direct equivalency between the endorsement sought and the national board certificate((, or)). The individual ((has)) with a second tier certificate from a state as approved by the professional educator standards board and published by the superintendent of public instruction is also exempt from subject area knowledge assessment. The equivalent National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and Washington endorsement table approved by the professional educator standards board may not be changed without prior professional educator standards board approval.
(2) Candidates applying for a Washington state residency or professional teaching certificate per WAC 181-79A-257 who have taken and passed equivalent content tests from other states as approved and published by the professional educator standards board((, are exempt from)) have met the ((WEST-E)) subject area knowledge assessment requirement ((unless applying for a new endorsement)).
(3) Candidates applying for Washington state certification that have completed another state-approved program which included subject knowledge testing for the recommended endorsement area(s) are exempt from the WEST-E requirement on a case-by-case basis.