Alternative Learning Experience
The Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) is public education, available to all public school districts and public charter schools in Washington state, where some or all of the instruction is delivered outside of a regular classroom schedule. The intent of ALE is to ensure that students have educational opportunities designed to meet their individualized needs. ALE follows all public education requirements as well as Chapter 392-550 WAC.
- Guide to Offering Alternative Learning Experiences
- Guidance on truancy in ALE can be found on page 37
- Serving Students with Disabilities
- Certification & Endorsement Guide
- ALE Compliance Reviews
- Full-day Kindergarten Planning Guide
- Core Compliance Self-Study
- Substantially Similar Checklist
Communications & Video Guidance
- ALE Compliance Webinar 9/20/21
- Alternative Learning Experience 101 (Moodle Course)
- CEDARS Reporting for ALE Courses Webinar
- 2021-22 Year End Reporting Webinar
ALE Compliance Forms
Below are sample forms to meet Alternative Learning Experience compliance. Please note that these are just samples and programs are welcome to develop their own to meet ALE requirements.
Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP)
- Sample 1 (K-12)
- Sample 2 (HS)
- Sample 3 (HS)
- Sample Elementary Math
- Sample 1 FDK + Syllabus
- Sample 2 FDK + Syllabus
Weekly Contact Log
Monthly Progress Review(MPR)
- Sample 1 K-8 detail
- Sample 2 HS detail
- Sample 3 short form
- Sample 4 Combined Weekly contact + MPR
- Sample 5 Combined MPR + IntPlan
- Sample FDK MPR
- Sample MPR Log
Intervention Plan (IntPlan)
WAC & RCW Rule Updates
Rulemaking Proposal Impacting WaKIDS in ALE
- OSPI is considering rulemaking to expand the methods through which the WaKIDS assessment can be administered in ALE settings. ALE rules currently require “multiple weekly, in-person, and on-site observations of students by certificated teachers each week during the eight-week WaKIDS assessment window.” OSPI is considering also allowing digital synchronous instructional contact as a method of conducting the required observations. Digital synchronous instructional contact is currently defined in WAC 392-550-020(13).
- Review a draft of the possible language.
- Visit the OSPI Rulemaking website to view formal rulemaking documents.
Permanent ALE Rule Change–Effective August 14, 2021
- Outlines a process for determining truancy, required interventions, and a threshold for filing a truancy petition for students enrolled in alternative learning experience courses beginning with the 2021-22 school year. See WAC 392-550-040 for more detail.
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.