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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

ALE Rule Change Proposal

Changes to ALE rules have been finalized and will be effective August 10, 2020 with the exception of the truancy section which will take effect March 1, 2021. This rule revision includes the following changes:

  • 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.
  • Defines truancy and a truancy protocol in ALE settings (Note: This change takes effect January 1, 2021).

The following information regarding this rule revision can be found on the OSPI Rulemaking website