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Alternative Learning Experience

RCWs and WACs

Alternative Learning

Online Learning

Alternative Learning Feedback Survey

The goal of the Alternative Learning Feedback Survey is to obtain regular feedback from our stakeholders.

Contact Information

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.

ALE Guidance

Communications & Video Guidance

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.

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. 

ALE Partners