Alternative Learning Experience
2022-23 Year End Report
RCWs and WACs
Alternative Learning Experience (ALE)
Learning Options Feedback Survey
The goal of the Learning Options Feedback Survey is to obtain regular feedback from our stakeholders.
ALE Program Manager
The Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) is public education, available to all public school districts and public charter schools in Washington state, where some or all of the instruction is delivered outside of a regular classroom schedule. The intent of ALE is to ensure that students have educational opportunities designed to meet their individualized needs. ALE follows all public education requirements as well as Chapter 392-550 WAC.
This list is compiled from the 2021–22 ALE Year End Report and reflects programs identified by local school districts during the 2021-22 school year. Review the ‘Definitions’ tab of the document for more information.
School staff with questions regarding ALE implementation and compliance are invited to drop in for one-on-one office hours. We will meet individually with as many attendees as possible.
Office hours will be held on the third or fourth Friday of each month through May.
- Friday, December 15 Office Hours | 9–10 am
- Friday, January 26 Office Hours | 9 am–10 am
- No February Zoom Office Hours. Join us at the 2024 WALA Spring Conference for in-person technical assistance!
- Friday, March 22 Office Hours | 9 am–10 am
- Friday, April 26 Office Hours | 9 am–10 am
If you are not able to attend and have questions, please contact us via the Learning Options email.
ALE Administrator Meeting
Join OSPI and the Learning Options team for the 2024 ALE Administrator Meeting on Friday, January 19, 9 am–noon. Please review all the information below to ensure proper registration.
- Friday, January 19 ALE Administrator Meeting Registration | 9 am–noon.
- Once you complete your registration, a link to join the event will be emailed to the address provided.
- Clock hours will be available to anyone who registers in pdEnroller, attends the full session, and completes an evaluation. pdEnroller registration information will be posted later in the fall.
- Meeting agenda will be posted later in the fall.
- Guide to Offering Alternative Learning Experiences
- Guidance on truancy in ALE can be found on page 42
- Certification & Endorsement Guide
- ALE Compliance Reviews
- Core Compliance Self-Check
- Substantially Similar Checklist
Serving Students with Disabilities
- Serving Students with Disabilities
- Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Self-Assessment Tool
- ALE/Online Program Profile
Communications & Video Guidance
- ALE Compliance Webinar 9/29/2023
- Alternative Learning Experience 101 (Canvas Course)
- CEDARS Reporting for ALE Courses Webinar
ALE Compliance Forms
Below are sample forms to meet Alternative Learning Experience compliance. Please note that these are just samples and programs are welcome to develop their own to meet ALE requirements.
- Sample ALE Compliance Forms
Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP)
- WSLP Sample 1 (K-12)
- WSLP Sample 2
- WSLP Sample 3
- Elementary Math Sample
- Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) and Syllabus Sample 1
- Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) and Syllabus Sample 2
- Course List Sample 1
- Course List Sample 2
- Math Grades 6-8
- Language Arts and Social Studies 6-8 Sample Month Activity List
- English 11
- Civics Grades 9-12
Weekly Contact Log
Monthly Progress Review (MPR)
- K-8 and HS
- MPR Sample 1
- MPR Sample 2
- Combined MPR and Intervention Plan
- Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) MPR Sample
Statement of Understanding: Difference Between Home-based Instruction and ALE
WAC & RCW Rule Updates
- ALE Rulemaking
Permanent ALE Rule Change–Effective August 15, 2022
- Expands the methods through which the Washington Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) assessment and full-day kindergarten can be implemented in an ALE setting to allow observations through in-person or synchronous digital instructional contact. See WAC 392-550-035 and WAC 392-550-050 for more information.
Permanent ALE Rule Change–Effective August 14, 2021
- Outlines a process for determining truancy, required interventions, and a threshold for filing a truancy petition for students enrolled in alternative learning experience courses beginning with the 2021-22 school year. See WAC 392-550-040 for more detail.
Permanent ALE Rule Change–Effective August 10, 2020
- Moves the rules governing ALE to chapter 392-550 WAC and simplifies WAC 392-121-182 to include only enrollment reporting requirements.
- Removes the requirement to obtain a parent signature documenting the parent’s understanding of the difference between home-based instruction and ALE. A requirement to notify families of the difference at enrollment and in school/program materials remains. See WAC 392-550-030(10) for more detail.