Section 6c: Instructional materials

Rule Text

(c) It is the responsibility of the school district or school district contractor to ensure that students have all curricula, course content, instructional materials and learning activities that are identified in the alternative learning experience written student learning plan.


Just like for students in the regular instructional setting, districts must ensure students have access to the learning resources necessary to implement the WSLP.

Common Questions

Q. The ALE rules require the school district to ensure that students have all curricula, course content, instructional materials, and other learning resources identified in the WSLP. What is the intent of this requirement?

A. The school district receives basic education funding for students enrolled in ALE programs, just like for students enrolled in regular classroom-based educational programs, and is therefore responsible for the provision of curricula, course content, instructional material, and learning activities as specified in the WSLP. This is distinct from home-based instruction, where the parent and student are responsible for the provision of these resources.

Last updated: 7/28/2011

Q. Do all instructional materials used in an ALE program need to be approved by the school board?

A. Washington state law (RCW 28A.320.230) requires each school district board of directors to adopt policy on the selection and deletion of instructional materials. Materials used in ALE programs are subject to this requirement. Whether or not the use of a particular instructional resource must be approved by the school board depends on the school district policy.

Last updated: 7/28/2011

Q. For an online course, does this mean the ALE program must provide the student with a computer?

A. No. But if the student’s WSLP includes online courses, the ALE program must ensure that the student can actually complete the courses. This may include verifying the student has personal or family access to an Internet connected computer at home or at school, or it may mean directing the student to nearby public resources such as a library. The ALE program would need to clearly identify any enrollment requirements, including access to a computer and Internet for the completion of coursework.

Last updated: 7/28/2011

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