About the DLD

The Digital Learning Department (DLD) provides information, guidance, and technical assistance in the areas of Online Learning, Alternative Learning, and Open Educational Resources. We support school districts, families, and course providers serving Washington's K-12 students.

Online Learning

The DLD was formed in 2009, through Substitute Senate Bill 5410, as the office responsible for managing a state-wide approval process for online learning providers in Washington. This process is intended to qualify, monitor, and maintain high-quality online learning providers for K-12 students. It is governed by RCW 28A.250 and WAC 392-502.

The DLD provides all school districts in the state with equal access to hundreds of online courses available through an easy registration system that saves time and money. This ease of access is further enhanced by ongoing orientations and course support.

Alternative Learning

The Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) website offers extensive assistance to school districts and families in understanding the ALE requirements (WAC 392-121-182). You will find annotated rules, common questions, and sample forms. Contact us for any further questions you may have.

Open Educational Resources

Passing in March of 2012, HB 2337 aims to help school districts identify high-quality, free, Common Core State Standards-aligned, and usable open educational resources (OER). More information about the status and progress of this effort can be found on the OER website.