The Professional Educator Standards Board requires the successful completion of a content knowledge exam prior to being certified to teach in a particular subject area. These assessments test the endorsement competencies adopted by the PESB.
WEST-E and NES
WEST-E and NES exams assess content knowledge in teaching certificate endorsement areas.
- WEST-E to NES Transition Chart – This chart identifies the transition of content knowledge exam requirements from the WEST-E to the NES.
- WEST-E and NES Test Information – Get specific information about WA-required content tests.
- WEST-E/NES Equivalent Tests – Out of state applicants who hold an out of state certificate may meet Washington certification requirement by successfully completing other states’ content knowledge exams.
- WEST-E Extension – 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.
- WEST-E/NES Exemption – Under certain circumstances, individuals may seek an exemption from taking the WEST-E or NES to add an endorsement.
ACTFL and Praxis II
- ACTFL – The ACTFL assesses proficiency in a target language prior to an endorsement being issued.
- Praxis II For Education Staff Associates (ESA) – School Counselor candidates must pass a Praxis II specialty area test.
Please note: Each program is allocated a certain number of vouchers for the WEST-B and WEST-E test takers. Contact your program for more details.