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Washington has two testing requirements: basic skills and content knowledge area testing. The testing requirements must be successfully completed within one calendar year of issuance of the first residency teacher temporary permit for first-time, out-of-state candidates.

If you are an out-of-state certificated educator who is seeking certification in Washington your passing score from your state’s teacher certification exam may be used to meet Washington’s basic skills or content knowledge test requirement.

If you have documentation which clearly shows you passed the exam, you may email, fax, or mail a copy of those results to the Professional Certification Office at Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Below you will find detailed information regarding both the basic skills and content knowledge requirement.


The applicant must successfully complete each subtest for reading, writing and mathematics for the West B or any approved alternative. The subtests can be mixed and matched with ANY of the acceptable basic skills tests.

If you are submitting scores for the West B, use report code #399 to have your test score sent to OSPI electronically. Test information and registration is available online.

In lieu of the WEST-B, candidates from outside the state may submit an official score report verifying successful completion of one of the following:

If you took a Pearson administered assessment in another state and would like to have your test results reported to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction electronically you can print and submit a Request Form.

Mail the form and required payment directly to Pearson at the address on the form. Do not mail the form to Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Additional information regarding basic skills and endorsement test information click here: http://assessment.pesb.wa.gov

 

The following endorsement areas require completion of the WEST-E/NES or approved alternative tests.

  • Agriculture Education
  • Bilingual Education*
  • Biology
  • Business and Marketing Education
  • Chemistry
  • Dance
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English Language Arts
  • English Language Learner
  • Family Consumer Science Education
  • Health/Fitness
  • History
  • Latin Language
  • Library Media
  • Mathematics

  • Middle Level Humanities
  • Middle Level Math
  • Middle Level Science
  • Music: Choral
  • Music: General (neither Choral nor Instrumental)
  • Music: Instrumental
  • Physics
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education
  • Technology Education
  • Theatre Arts
  • Traffic Safety Education
  • Visual Arts
  • World Languages**
  • World Language Latin

*Individuals will not only need to complete the WEST-E test in bilingual education but will also need to complete the ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test and the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview at the Advanced-Mid level in a world language area. ACTFL does not administer tests for Latin. For Latin, a candidate must take the new WEST-E: DWL and the WEST-E: Latin. http://www.languagetesting.com/

**In addition to the designated world languages WEST-E test above, applicants must complete the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) and Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in the specific world language, scoring Advanced-Low or higher. Please visit ACTFL at http://www.languagetesting.com/

WEST-E/NES Test information and registration is available online.

In Lieu of the West E/NES, candidates from outside the state may submit an official score report verifying successful completion of the following alternative content knowledge test systems. Please visit the Professional Educator Standards Board for details.

If you took a Pearson administered assessment in another state and would like to have your test results reported to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction electronically you can print and submit a Request Form.

Mail the form and required payment directly to Pearson at the address on the form. Do not mail the form to Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certificate Exemptions
Individuals who hold a valid NBPTS certificate in a subject area or grade level comparable to one of the Washington endorsement areas are exempt from testing requirements for that endorsement area. (See NBPTS Exemption).

Additional information regarding basic skills and endorsement test information click here: http://assessment.pesb.wa.gov/

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   Updated 5/26/2016

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