Section 6n: Accreditation
(n) State funded alternative learning experience on-line programs must be accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission or another national, regional, or state accreditation program listed by the office of superintendent of public instruction on its web site.
The accreditation requirement applies only to schools or programs whose primary purpose is to provide alternative learning experiences using digital or online means. Thus, ALE schools or programs that only occasionally make use of digital or online means, or that offer online courses as part of a larger range of learning options are not required to obtain accreditation.
A. ALE online learning programs must receive accreditation through the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC). OSPI may designate other accrediting agencies, but as of July 2011, only NWAC accreditation meets the requirement.
Last updated: 7/15/2011