PESB facilitates work groups by gathering stakeholders from across the field to discuss the critical issues in educator preparation, retention, and diversity. Final outcomes of the workgroups include developing policy recommendations, reports, as well as suggestions for program redesigns.
The purpose of the advancing equity workgroup is to develop and implement best practices that advance equity in educator preparation programs. The work of this group is focused on practices that center racial equity and community engagement, in order to ultimately diversify their candidates and produce more culturally responsive educators.
The case-by-case workgroup is a follow-up workgroup of the recommendations of the testing barriers workgroup and is charged with formulating recommendations for consideration by PESB regarding how to establish a process of permitting candidates exceptions from assessment requirements on a case-by-case basis.
Educator assessment systems
The educator assessment system workgroup will examine current educator assessment requirements and create recommendations for a coherent assessment system, ensuring Washington has a properly credentialed and diverse teaching workforce.
This workgroup will review the educator discipline system in Washington State, and make recommendations regarding the improvement of the system, and alternative forms of discipline that may be imposed. The workgroup results from HB 1139, and will create recommendations for a report to the legislature.
Standards, approval, and review committee
PESB convenes the standards, approval, and review standing committee to advise state policy regarding educator preparation program standards, approval, and review.
The purpose of the testing barriers workgroup is to thoroughly investigate the barriers that testing creates for candidates, particularly bilingual and candidates of color, and develop recommendations for consideration by PESB and the Legislature.