School district online school programs that are providing online courses offered by approved online providers may choose to seek OSPI approval using the abbreviated affiliate approval process.
To qualify, the applicant must meet the online school program definition.
This affiliate approval only covers online courses offered by OSPI-approved online providers. The program must meet all requirements of the approval assurances and the affiliate assurances listed below. In addition, the program may not:
- Modify the content or instruction of the approved provider’s offerings.
- Offer to its students any online course offerings provided by any non-approved online providers.
The district must implement the courses as offered under the provider(s)’s approval by OSPI in the online provider(s)’s approval application, and any variance from the approved course offerings will require separate full approval of the district’s online school program.
If, in addition to using the OSPI approved providers, an affiliate approved program develops courses, then those newly developed courses are subject to OSPI approval.
District Programs wishing to use this approval option must hold accreditation with the Northwest Accreditation Commission and apply independently for OSPI approval. But, their applications may omit supporting evidence for how the program addresses the approval criteria; that content would have been previously submitted by the approved online course or program provider. In the affiliate approval options, the district online program will need to agree to the additional set of assurances listed below and sign off on those through the online application process.
When using offerings from multiple approved providers, the program must discontinue use of any provider that fails to maintain its approved status. When using a single approved provider, the district online program's approval status will be directly tied to that of the provider they are using. Any change in the course provider's approval status will also apply to the district’s program unless another approved provider’s offerings can be substituted.
Any local modifications to a provider’s content, instruction, and/or systems would disqualify the district’s program from earning or maintaining its OSPI approval.
Applicant acknowledges that in the event the approval of a sourcing provider is rescinded, the applying program's approval will preclude them from continuing to use courses offered by the rescinded provider.
Applicant certifies that only approved online providers will supply the program's online content and that all of the program’s offerings are from approved providers. If, in addition to using the OSPI approved providers, the program develops courses, then those newly developed courses would be subject to OSPI approval.
By agreeing to this assurance and disclosing the name of the approved provider(s) the applicant is working with, the applicant is providing sufficient evidence to meet the approval requirements outlined in WAC 392-502-030.
Learning Management System
Applicant certifies that approved online provider(s) will supply the program's learning management system(s).
Applicant certifies that approved online provider(s) will supply all of the program's online teachers, all of whom are certificated Washington state educators.
The applicant agrees to inform, in writing, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Digital Learning Department (DLD) of any significant changes to its use of approved provider offerings.