Standard 5 - School Psychologist

Approved: July, 2012
Implementation: November, 2013


School psychologist candidates, in order to support student achievement of the state learning goals and essential academic learning requirements, will complete formalized learning opportunities, including an internship, in an approved program that includes:

Successful Demonstration of Standards:

5.A. Data-Based Decision Making and Accountability. Certified school psychologists have knowledge of varied models and methods of assessment as part of a systematic process of data-based decision making that permeates every aspect of professional practice.

5.B. Consultation and Collaboration. Certified school psychologists have knowledge of behavioral, mental health, collaborative, and other consultation models and methods and of their application to individual and contextual situations; collaborate effectively with others in planning and decision-making processes at the individual, group, and system levels.

5.C. Interventions and Instructional Support to Develop Academic Skills. Certified school psychologists have knowledge of the influence of biological, cultural, linguistic, and early life experiences on academic development and collaborate with others to access, implement, and evaluate services at universal, targeted, and intensive levels using a variety of culturally and developmentally appropriate assessments.

5.D. Interventions and Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills. Certified School Psychologists have knowledge of biological, cultural, developmental, and social influences on behavior and mental health; collaborate with others, to develop implement, and evaluate services that support socialization, cultural competence, learning, and mental health for positive impact on student learning.

5.E. School-wide Practices to Promote Learning. Certified school psychologists have knowledge of general and special education, evidence-based practices, and equity pedagogy that responds to the needs of the learners; demonstrate skills to manage time effectively, respond to the learning needs of the individual students, and plan and measure positive impact on student learning.

5.F. Prevention and Responsive Service. Certified school psychologists have knowledge of principles of resilience and risk factors and demonstrate skills in multi-tiered delivery of services that respond to crisis and promote learning and mental health across cultures.

5.G. School Collaboration Services. Certified school psychologists have knowledge of family systems, including family strengths and influences on student development, learning, and behavior, and of methods to involve families in education and service delivery; facilitate family and school partnerships and interactions with community agencies for enhancement of academic and social-behavior outcomes for children.

5.H. Diversity in Development and Learning. Certified school psychologists have knowledge of the principles and research related to culture, linguistic development, context, individual and role differences; work collaboratively to provide professional services that respond to the diverse needs of individuals and families; advocate for social justice and equity pedagogy.

5.I. Research and Program Evaluation. Certified school psychologists have knowledge of research, statistics, and evaluation methods; evaluate research, translate research into practice, and understand research design and statistics in sufficient depth to plan and conduct investigations and program evaluations for improvement of services at individual, group, and systems levels.

5.J. Legal Ethical, and Professional Practice. Certified school psychologists have knowledge of the history and foundations of their profession; of multiple service models and methods; of ethical, professional, and legal standards, including the Washington Administrative Code and federal and state accountability legislation; practice in ways that are consistent with applicable standards; engage in responsive ethical and professional decision-making; and apply professional work characteristics.

5.K. Emerging and Assistive Technologies. Certified school psychologists have knowledge of and access, implement, and evaluate technology relevant to their work and to the instructional needs of individuals with disabilities.

5.L. Performance Assessment. An approved preparation program for school psychologists shall require that each candidate engage in an assessment process using the standards-based benchmarks approved by the professional educator standards board and published by the office of the superintendent of public instruction. The benchmarks may not be changed without prior professional educator standards board approval. All candidates shall exit the residency certificate program with a draft professional growth plan.