What is changing about state
In the past, assignment was based on districts requesting
permission to assign a teacher in a course that did not fit state policy.
Recently Washington began collecting detailed information about students
and the courses where they are enrolled, which allows for a more proactive
assignment policy. Assignment is changing from a system where districts report
to PESB, to PESB reporting to districts. The policy itself is changing from a
strategy that attempted to identify admissible reasons for assigning teachers
to courses that did not match their credentials, to identifying the best
How does this change impact federal "Highly Qualified
In the past, federal and state assignment policy was very
different, which created confusion for districts and teachers. Currently
PESB and OSPI's Title II office are working to align the policies. While there
will never be perfect alignment, Washington policy is more rigorous in several
areas, and the current work will make it much easier for districts to understand
and report on their assignment practices.
Are districts appropriately assigning teachers in the subject areas for which they are credentialed to teach?
Generally, yes, particularly in more advanced courses.