Alternative Learning Experience
Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) is primarily distinguished by off-campus instruction. The intent of this type of program is to give schools flexibility to serve a diverse student population. The specific requirements and expectations of these away-from-school learning activities are detailed in a written student learning plan (WSLP) developed and supervised by a public school teacher.
OSPI provides general support, consultation and technical assistance to educators and schools regarding alternative education, with a primary focus on implementing ALE under WAC 392-121-182.
Guidance and documentation
- The annotated rules include the relevant rule text, explanations, common questions, and sample forms for each section or sub-section.
- The common questions page gathers all of the questions and answers on to a single page.
- Sample forms developed by a working group that included representation from WALA, the State Auditor's Office, OSPI, and several ALE programs. They are intended to be used as samples, and use of the sample forms provided is not required.
ALE revisions for the 2012-13 school year
OSPI has revised WAC 392-121-182 for the 2012-13 school year. The changes included modifications to differential funding, weekly contact, the definition of a "school week", reporting student-teacher ratios, and several other clarifications.
Download the revisions (PDF).
(Posted August 10, 2012.)
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