Section 6p: Courses of study
(p) The alternative learning experience must satisfy the office of superintendent of public instruction's requirements for courses of study and equivalencies as provided in chapter 392-410 WAC.
This requirement has not changed since initial adoption in 2005.
The current ALE rule–as well as the prior rule–provides that an alternative learning experience must satisfy the office of superintendent of public instruction's requirements for courses of study and equivalencies as provided in chapter 392-410 WAC. WAC 392-410-115(1) requires districts to "provide instruction in reading, penmanship, spelling, mathematics, geography, English grammar, physiology, hygiene, and history of the United States." Districts must "offer all required courses for a high school diploma as provided in chapter 180-51 WAC." WAC 392-410-115(4). And WAC 180-51-035(1)(b) provides that "[s]tudents shall have the right and the obligation to meet the minimum graduation requirements in place for their expected graduation year designated at the time they enter a district high school, regardless of what year they actually graduate."
Therefore, to be counted as an enrolled student for the purposes of FTE enrollment counts, an ALE high school student must receive (1) instruction that conforms with Washington state law and (2) credits that meet the graduation requirements set forth in chapter 392-410 WAC. Therefore, if an ALE high school student is not engaging in coursework that's designed to prepare the child to receive a diploma or not receiving credits that meet the state's minimum graduation requirements, the district cannot receive apportionment funding for that student.
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