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WAC 181-78A-220

Program approval standards for approved preparation programs.

The board shall adopt and revise program standards that describe domains of practice, program components, and other expectations for teacher and principal preparation programs to align and maintain currency with recognized national association standards for the specific certificate role. The board will use national standards as guidance for determining domains, components, and indicators used for program review.
(1) General domain outcome expectations for teacher, principal, superintendent, and program administrator preparation programs are as follows:
(a) Candidates and cohorts. Providers of educator preparation programs recruit, select, and prepare diverse cohorts of candidates with potential to be outstanding educators.
(i) Providers conduct strategic and ongoing outreach to identify, recruit, admit, support, and transition promising educator candidates.
(ii) Providers of preparation programs use strategies to recruit and prepare a greater number of candidates from underrepresented groups including, but not limited to, candidates of color in effort to prepare an educator workforce that mirrors the characteristics of the student population in Washington state public schools.
(iii) Providers set, publish and uphold admission standards to ensure that candidates and cohorts are academically capable and prepared to succeed in educator preparation programs.
(b) Knowledge, skills and cultural responsiveness. Providers prepare candidates who demonstrate the knowledge, skills and cultural responsiveness required for the particular certificate and areas of endorsement, which reflect the state's approved standards.
(i) Providers demonstrate effective, culturally responsive pedagogy using multiple instructional methods, formats, and assessments.
(ii) Providers ensure that completers demonstrate the necessary subject matter knowledge for success as educators in schools.
(iii) Providers ensure that candidates demonstrate pedagogical knowledge and skill relative to the national professional standards adopted by the board for the role for which candidates are being prepared.
(iv) Providers ensure that candidates are well prepared to exhibit the knowledge and skills of culturally responsive educators.
(v) Providers require candidates to demonstrate knowledge of teacher evaluation research and Washington's evaluation requirements.
(c) Novice practitioners. Providers prepare candidates who are role ready.
(i) Providers prepare candidates who are ready to engage effectively in their role and context upon completion of educator preparation programs.
(ii) Providers prepare candidates to develop reflective, collaborative, and professional growth-centered practices through regular evaluation of the effects of their teaching through feedback and reflection.
(iii) Providers prepare candidates for their role in directing, supervising, and evaluating paraeducators.
(d) State and local workforce needs. Providers contribute positively to state and local educator workforce needs.
(i) Providers partner with local schools to assess and respond to educator workforce, student learning, and educator professional learning needs.
(ii) Providers use preparation program and workforce data in cooperation with professional educator advisory boards to assess and respond to local and state workforce needs.
(iii) Providers of teacher educator preparation programs prepare and recommend increasing numbers of candidates in endorsement areas identified by the professional educator standards board workforce priorities.
(e) Data systems. Providers maintain data systems that are sufficient to direct program decision making, inform state-level priorities, and report to the professional educator standards board.
(i) Providers develop and maintain effective data systems that are sufficient for program growth, evaluation, and mandated reporting.
(ii) Providers utilize secure data practices for storing, monitoring, reporting, and using data for program improvement.
(iii) Providers produce and utilize data reports in accordance with data and reporting guidance published by the professional educator standards board.
(f) Field experience and clinical practice. Providers offer field-based learning experiences and formalized clinical practice experiences for candidates to develop and demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed for their role.
(i) Providers establish and maintain field placement practices, relationships, and agreements with all school districts in which candidates are placed for field experiences leading to certification or endorsement per WAC 181-78A-125.
(ii) Providers ensure that candidates integrate knowledge and skills developed through field experiences with the content of programs' course work.
(iii) Providers offer field experiences that are in accordance with WAC 181-78A-300 and the board approved candidate assessment requirements.
(iv) Providers ensure that candidates participate in field experiences in school settings with students and teachers who differ from themselves in race, ethnicity, home language, socio-economic status, or local population density.
(g) Program resources and governance. Providers ensure that programs have adequate resources, facilities, and governance structures to enable effective administration and fiscal sustainability.
(i) Providers ensure that programs utilize a separate administrate unit responsible for the composition and organization of the preparation program.
(ii) Providers ensure the program has adequate personnel to promote teaching and learning.
(iii) Providers ensure the program has adequate facilities and resources to promote teaching and learning.
(2) General knowledge and skills standards are as follows:
(a) Teacher: The board adopts the national knowledge and skills competencies most recently published by the Council of Chief State School Officers known as the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium Model Core Teaching Standards and Learning Progressions for Teachers.
Endorsement competencies will be aligned with the national standards of each content area/specialized professional organization, when such a national standard is available. Currently approved endorsement standards and competencies will be published on the board web site.
(b) Principal: The board adopts the national knowledge and skills competencies most recently published by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration known as the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) Standards - Building Level published in 2018, or as subsequently revised. Until the publication of the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) Standards – Building Level published in 2018, providers of principal preparation programs will use Standard 5 as published by the professional educator standards board.
(c) Superintendent and program administrator: The board adopts the national knowledge and skills competencies published by the University Council of Educational Administration known as the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) Standards – District Level published in 2018, or as subsequently revised. Until the publication of the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) Standards – District Level published in 2018, providers of superintendent and program administrator programs will use Standard 5 as published by the professional educator standards board.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.410 RCW. WSR 18-17-089, § 181-78A-220, filed 8/14/18, effective 9/14/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.210. WSR 13-03-155, § 181-78A-220, filed 1/23/13, effective 2/23/13; WSR 11-01-047, § 181-78A-220, filed 12/7/10, effective 1/7/11; WSR 06-14-010, § 181-78A-220, filed 6/22/06, effective 7/23/06. WSR 06-02-051, recodified as § 181-78A-220, filed 12/29/05, effective 1/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130 (1) through (4). WSR 02-04-014, § 180-78A-220, filed 1/24/02, effective 2/24/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010 and 28A.305.130 (1) and (2). WSR 99-23-023, § 180-78A-220, filed 11/9/99, effective 12/10/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130 (1) and (2), 28A.410.010 and 28A.150.220(4). WSR 99-01-174, § 180-78A-220, filed 12/23/98, effective 1/23/99.]
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