June Alternative Learning Update

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Website, Resources, and 2019-20 Guidance Documents

Over the past year, OSPI has completely redesigned the website to make it more user-friendly and accessible for individuals with disabilities as well as for users on mobile phones and tablets. The new version, still at www.k12.wa.us, will launch on Monday, July 1!  A couple items to note about the new website:

  • The content from the old Alternative Learning Department (ALD) website may be found in different locations than you are used to. Our content will be located within the Student Success category underneath Learning Alternatives. We will be sharing out updated links to the ALD content as soon as we have received them and can review our pages. 
  • Our updated 2019-20 Online Learning and ALE guides will be posted to the new website once it goes live.
  • We encourage you to take a look at the new website once links are available to help us ensure all the information is correct and to ensure you are able to navigate to important documents such as the Online Learning and Guide to Offering ALE. Please contact the ALD with any questions about where to find our information and resources.     

If you have questions about how the website content is organized, or feedback on the new website after we launch it, please fill out the Ask OSPI form.

ALE Year End Reporting

School districts claiming ALE enrollment are required to submit an ALE Year End Report. This report is now available for districts that reported ALE enrollment during 2018-19. 

Deadline: August 31, 2019.

Guidance: Guidance on the ALE Year End Report can be found on our website. A webinar on the reporting process was held on May 9, 2019. If you would like a copy of the PowerPoint slides from this webinar, please contact Anissa Sharratt

If you have questions, please contact Anissa Sharratt or the Alternative Learning Department.

2019-20 Full-day Kindergarten (FDK) Information

OSPI recently released two bulletins regarding WaKIDS. This information applies to any school/program offering FDK in an ALE setting. 

  • Bulletin 032-19:  The purpose of this Bulletin is to provide information about expectations and procedures for the teacher training requirements of the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS).
  • Bulletin 033-19:  This Bulletin is to provide information about expectations and procedures for administration of the Washington Kindergarten inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS).

Update to Previously Announced 2019-20 Running Start Rates

There has been a change to the Running Start rates for 2019-20. They are about $17 higher than what was previously announced. They are:

  • Nonvocational RS AAFTE: $8,503.15
  • Vocational RS AAFTE: $9,470.11

Compliance Corner: Curriculum Selection

Are you considering new curriculum for the fall? What is your process?

Remember that there are policies and procedures that must be followed for selecting those materials in order to maintain compliance with ALE WAC 392-121-182 & RCW 28A.232.

  • Schools and programs offering ALE courses are prohibited from incentivizing enrollment by providing funds to families for educational materials. 
  • ALE schools/programs must follow their district school board Instructional Materials policy procedures (usually #2020 and 2020P) to select and assign curriculum, assuring that the core/alternative learning material/supplementary material/activity used is free of bias, religious doctrine, and that it meets the grade-level state standards.
  • Families may request certain curriculum materials and are encouraged to have conversations with their certificated teachers about student needs.  But, the district staff member(s) designated in the district Instructional Materials policy and procedures is responsible for adopting curriculum and the certificated teacher is responsible for assigning curriculum and materials on the WSLP.

Make sure non-consumables are returned! Purchased items remain the property of the school district upon program completion.

If you are interested in learning more about content area standards or would like to connect with subject area experts on developing instructional materials, review the OSPI Learning & Teaching Department website and contact content area specialists directly.

If you have questions, please contact the Alternative Learning Department at ALDInfo@k12.wa.us

Upcoming Events

AWSP/WASA Summer Conference June 30 - July 2, 2019 Spokane, WA Additional information here

2019 Becca Conference November 6-9, 2019 Ellensburg, WA Additional information here.

Interactive Webinar: ALE Compliance Tips for New Programs August 19, 2019 12:00-1:00 PM. For more information, contact Liz Quayle