Washington Educator Skills Test Endorsement (WEST-E)

WEST-E: The Professional Educator Standards Board implemented the content knowledge test requirement for candidates applying for endorsements on the residency certificate on September 1, 2005. Initially, the Praxis II series tests, administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS), were selected to fulfill the requirement but the Praxis II no longer fulfills this requirement.  (RCW 28A.410.220)
WEST-E Extension:  Candidates who are prepared and/or certified out-of-state applying for a Washington State residency or professional teaching certificate have up to one calendar year from issuance of the temporary permit to pass the WEST-E subject knowledge test(s).  
New as of July 2015: WAC 181-79A-257 has a new section (4) which state, out-of-state candidates that have taken and passed NES exams that are listed on the WEST/NES transition plan will meet the WEST-E/NES requirement for certification. 
WEST-E Exemption:  Individuals who hold a certificate through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) are exempt from the WEST-E requirement if there is a direct equivalency between the endorsements sought and the national board certificate. 

WEST-E transition: The board approved alternatives or replacements tests during the transition of WEST-E to NES.

Beginning September 3, 2014a selected group of WEST-E exams will no longer be administered and the National Evaluation Series (NES) will replace the WEST-E. Other endorsements will transition from the WEST-E to the NES. For more information; visit NES transition.

New as of September 17, 2015: The PESB Board has adopted equivalent content knowledge exams to meet the content knowledge credential requirement for out-of-state candidates who are already credentialed from another state.  For the list of the equivalent exams, see WEST-E equivalent exams chart