Professional Educator Standards Board
Old Capitol Building
600 Washington Street S., Room 249
P. O. Box 47236
Olympia, WA 98504-7236
360.725.6275 Main Office
You might be surprised to find out that they are a relatively a new organization. The PESB was created in 2000 primarily as an "advisory board" to the governor, legislature, State board of Education, and the Supt. Of Public Instruction on a full range of policy issues that are related to certified education professionals. This includes teachers, principals, superintendents, and educational staff associates.
1. Creating alternative routes to teacher certification and
2. Administering new basic skills and subject knowledge assessments for teacher certification.
Five years later, Governor Gregoire signed into law ESSB 5732, which gave the PESB responsibility and authority for policy and oversight of Washington's system of educator preparation, certification, continuing education and assignment.
16 people from various aspects of education from across the state comprise the Washington PESB. This includes OSPI Superintendent Randy Dorn.
The PESB also serves as an advisory body to the Superintendent of Public Instruction on issues related to educator recruitment, hiring, mentoring and support, professional growth, retention, evaluation, and revocation and suspension of licensure.
The PESB meet six times a year in January, March, May, July, September, and November. Full information from each of the meetings can be found at: http://www.pesb.wa.gov/meetings/actions/default.asp