The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) requires the successful completion of a content knowledge exam prior to being certified to teach in a particular subject area. PESB established the Washington Educator Skills Test-Endorsement (WEST-E) and adopted the National Evaluation Series as content knowledge assessments. The WEST webpage provides specific information about Washington required content tests.
These assessments test the endorsement competencies adopted by PESB. The endorsement competencies chart lists corresponding assessments and identifies the transition of content knowledge exam requirements from the WEST-E to the NES.
Candidates who are prepared and / or certified out-of-state applying for a Washington State residency or professional teaching certificate based on WAC 181-79A-257 (1)(b) have up to one calendar year from issuance of the temporary permit to pass the WEST-E/NES subject knowledge test, provided they are eligible for a temporary permit under WAC 181-79A-128.
Candidates who hold an out-of-state certificate may seek an exemption from the WEST-E requirement under certain circumstances (WAC 181-02-002). See the equivalent test page and the adding an endorsement through National Board certification page for more details about the eligibility and equivalent tests for exemptions.
ACTFL and Praxis II
- American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) test – The ACTFL assesses proficiency in a target language prior to an endorsement being issued. Please see the ACTFL page for more information.
- Praxis II for Education Staff Associates (ESA) – school counselor candidates must pass a Praxis II specialty area test. Please see the Praxis II page for more information.
Each program is allocated a certain number of vouchers for the WEST-E and NES test takers. Programs may purchase vouchers to provide candidates with full or partial credit toward fees for test registration and preparation resources.
- For programs: purchase additional WEST-B / WEST-E / NES vouchers