Governor signs Ybarra’s bill to update teacher preparatory program entry requirements

A bill authored by Rep. Alex Ybarra, R-Quincy, giving colleges and universities more flexibility in admitting education applicants was signed into law today by Gov. Jay Inslee. The measure changes the basic skills assessment requirements for acceptance into teacher preparatory programs.

“I’m excited to see this become law. My bill will open up opportunities for people looking to change careers and attract a more diverse pool of candidates into education programs,” said Ybarra.

Under House Bill 1621, applicants are required to take a basic skills assessment, as well as report their score. However, a low result would not bar applicants from being accepted into a program of study. Other qualifiers such as previous work experience, volunteerism, and GPA could also be considered.

“We need to encourage more people to choose this noble profession. Good teachers, just like students, should not be defined by a single test. By removing this barrier a broader range of candidates can be admitted into these programs,” continued Ybarra.

The 2019 legislative session is scheduled to adjourn April 28.


Washington State House Republican Communications