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Page last updated: 05/01/19
On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed
the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law. ESSA requires State Education
Agencies to be the key decision-makers in the development and implementation of
ESSA. Individual states are now solely responsible to monitor teacher
qualification, and to collect and report information about certification,
endorsements, teaching assignments and years of experience.
School principals are charged with providing
sufficient courses to students based on student needs and state requirements.
Principals make teacher assignments based on certification and endorsements;
however, there are occasions when administrators structure teaching assignments
based on student need and on teacher strength. This may result in teachers
teaching outside of their endorsement(s). The
Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) is directed by
law to meet specific expectations around teacher, ESA and administrator
preparation (RCW 28A.410.210). The PESB advises school districts on the
best matches between teacher endorsements and student course assignments. In these cases, and as outlined in WAC 181-82-110, the
district is required to report these Out-of-Field Teachers (OFT) to the Board
of Directors for approval of the teaching assignment.
The Human Resources Department works closely
with each principal to ensure their understanding of course assignments and
teacher endorsement. If a principal determines there is a need for an OFT, HR
works with the principal and teacher to create a plan by which either the
teacher will stop teaching in the assignment or the teacher will obtain the
appropriate endorsement. However, there may be instances where the nature of
the student requirement is such that the district will request that the Board
of Directors authorize long-term OFT, i.e. dance, guitar, innovative physical
education, etc. Regardless of the reason for the OFT assignment, the principal
works diligently to provide support to ensure the success of the teacher in the
Human Resources and principals work
collaboratively to promote the best teachers in front of students to support
Every Student Every Day.
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