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Alternative Learning Experience

Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) is public education where some or all of the instruction is delivered outside of a regular classroom schedule. ALE follows all public education requirements as well as Chapter 392-550 WAC.


2020-21 Guidance

Guides to assist with implementation specific to the 2020-21 school year:

General ALE Guidance

Guides to assist with implementation of the law:

Sample Compliance Documents

Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP)


Weekly Contact Log

Monthly Progress Review(MPR)

Intervention Plan (IntPlan)

WAC & RCW Rule Updates

  • Permanent ALE Rule Change – Effective August 10, 2020
    • Moves the rules governing ALE to chapter 392-550 WAC and simplifies WAC 392-121-182 to include only enrollment reporting requirements.
    • Removes the requirement to obtain a parent signature documenting the parent’s understanding of the difference between home-based instruction and ALE. A requirement to notify families of the difference at enrollment and in school/program materials remains. See WAC 392-550-030(10) for more detail.
  • Emergency ALE Rule Change – Effective February 23, 2021
    • Rule language delays the implementation of truancy in ALE until the beginning of the 2021-22 school year.
    • This is an extension to the emergency rule filed on December 8, 2020, which delayed the implementation of truancy in ALE until March 1, 2021.
    • OSPI has initiated formal rulemaking to adopt a permanent rule reflecting this emergency extension.