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 for 2014-15

  • 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.
  • Questions about teacher certification, HQT, and instructional support services are answered on the ALE & HQT 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.

Guidance Archive

Archived guidance and documentation for prior years are available for your reference.

ALE revisions for 2014-15

Revisions to guidance

Revisions have been made to the Comments and Common Questions sections of the annotated ALE rules. View a summary of the revisions.

ALE rule change

With the implementation of the new standardized choice transfer system, OSPI updated the expectations for districts around the responsibility for nonresident students who leave the nonresident district prior to the expiration of the transfer. This was communicated in OSPI Bulletin B008-14.

OSPI is in the process of revising the Choice Transfer rule (WAC 392-137-230) to reflect this updated guidance. The ALE rule also spoke to school district responsibilities when enrolling nonresident students. To eliminate duplication, the revised ALE rule will refer to WAC 392-137 to govern the responsibilities when districts enroll nonresident students. The proposed modification to the rule was filed on June 9, 2014, and the specifics of the modification to both the ALE and Choice Transfer rules can be viewed in Section 6(n).

(Posted July 17, 2014)

OSPI memorandum M038-14 was distributed regarding these topics on August 8, 2014.

Guidance for Serving Students with Disabilities in ALE Programs

OSPI has updated Guidance for Serving Students with Disabilities in ALE Programs.

(Posted March 18, 2014)

ALE and truancy laws (Becca)

OSPI recently released guidance to ALE programs on complying with truancy laws (Word .doc).

(Posted Nov. 7, 2013)

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