WSR 17-20-056
[Filed September 29, 2017, 2:27 p.m.]
During the public hearing at our September 21, 2017, meeting, the board issued an interpretive statement per RCW 34.05.230. In March of 2015, the board acted in public hearing adopting a rule change that went into effect September 2017. Recently it was discovered that there was a drafting error that confused the field when trying to respond to the requirement for testing. The statement reads:
Interpretive Statement: Per RCW 34.05.230 the Professional Educator Standards Board intends the date of implementation of rule changed under WSR 15-08-054 filed March 27, 2015 and in effect September 1, 2017 to be clarified with the following change in language: WAC 181-78A-300 section (1) shall be amended to read "Approved programs for teachers shall assure that all candidates entering the program shall have successfully passed the WEST B or its alternative or exemptions per chapter 181-01 WAC. The candidate must take and pass the WEST B or provide evidence of meeting an alternative or exception at the time of admissions. Candidates admitted to a residency teacher preparation program prior to the passage of the WEST B or its approved alternative or exemption must pass the WEST B or its approved alternative or exemptions prior to student teaching."
I will be filing an expedited rule change to address the drafting error.
David Brenna
Senior Policy Analyst