PESB's September Board meeting breakdown

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What happened at the September Board meeting?

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Legislative priorities approved

Washington has a unique opportunity to make an increased investment in the quality and diversity of its educator workforce. We can do this by supporting diverse pathways into a career in education and through strategic investment and policy reform in educator recruitment and mentoring at both the secondary and postsecondary level. With this charge, we can collectively address shortages while at the same time increase teacher diversity in the profession.

At the September meeting, the Board received an update and presentation on agency priorities, and approved the legislative agenda for the upcoming session.

Three areas of focus include:

  • Career connected educator pathways
  • Eliminating testing barriers
  • Statewide paraeducator training

For more information on these topics, please visit our website.

New work groups beginning

The Board approved the convening of several new work groups set to begin this Fall. 

Some of these include:

Final outcomes of the work groups include developing policy recommendations, reports, as well as suggestions for program redesigns. 

For updates on work groups, visit our website.

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Annual joint meeting between Boards


At the September meeting, members from the Professional Educator Standards Board and the Paraeducator Board held their annual half-day joint convening where agency staff were able to share progress and updates on their work. Both Boards look forward to another year of hard work and commitment towards educator quality, workforce development and policy innovation.

New, streamlined options for the limited certificates

Limited certificates provide flexibility in the Washington state educator certification system. With a limited certificate, educators who have not met full certification requirements may practice in classrooms and schools if certain conditions are met. 

A work group of education stakeholders met this year to review the outdated policies around limited certificates and offer recommendations to the Board. At the September meeting, the following changes were approved:

  • There are now four types of limited certificates, were previously, there were seven. However, educators who qualified for one of the previous certificates would continue to qualify for one of the new certificates.
  • The emergency certificate will no longer be available, but districts will be able to request a conditional certificate for those same individuals.
  • The emergency substitute certificate will continue to be available, and will have a two year validity period.
  • The validity period of a certificate currently held by an individual would not suddenly be cut short because of this policy change.

Join our webinar

We are offering an informational webinar regarding policy updates to the limited certificates. 

More information on limited certificates can be found on our website.

Updates to the CTE certification system

This past year, we worked with the OSPI career and technical education (CTE) office to convene a work group to examine CTE certification. The work group presented recommendation to the Board and the following changes were adopted at the September meeting:

  • Holders of initial and continuing CTE certificates expiring June 30, 2019 will need to have completed 100 clock hours or the equivalent in the five years prior to the expiration date of the certificate. Educators may complete professional growth plans (PGPs) as part of this requirement.
  • Initial and continuing certificates for CTE teachers, administrators, and career guidance specialists will now have five-year validity periods, and may be renewed with 100 clock hours or the equivalent in credit or PGPs.
  • No change in expiration dates for certificates currently held by educators.
  • The probationary CTE certificate will no longer be available, but districts will be able to request a conditional CTE certificate for those same individuals.
  • Holders of the conditional CTE certificate will need to complete 50 clock hours or the credit equivalent subsequent to the issuance, but prior to the reissuance, of the certificate.
  • The 50 clock hours or credit equivalent must be aligned to CTE competencies.
  • The 50 clock hours or credit equivalent may be completed in a program.

Join one of our webinars

We are offering two information webinars regarding policy updates to the CTE certificates. 

    More information on CTE certification can be found on our website

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