Learning Options

Learning Options Newsletters


  • February | Legislative Update; ALE Office Hours; State Assessment Planning Reminder; New Educator Endorsement Requirements for Visual and Performing Arts Instruction
  • January | Washington's Education Options and Learning Pathways: A Guide for Families; Legislative Update; Register for Bridge to College Professional Development; ALE Office Hours; ALE Accelerating Unfinished Learning Funds Available; 2023 Washington School Improvement Framework; Multi-Tiered System of Supports Resources; Virtual Treatment Provider for Eating Disorders


  • December | Reopening - ALE Accelerating Unfinished Learning Grant; ALE Office Hours; Compliance Corner - Digital Signatures; LifeSkills Grants - Three Funding Opportunities; Additional Funding Available for Comprehensive Graduation Schools
  • November | ALE Office Hours; Short months in ALE - weekly contact and MPRs; Core Concepts in Youth Reengagement Webinar; Sexual Health Education Curriculum Review Panel Participation Opportunity; Professional Learning Opportunities
  • October | Multidistrict Online School Program Approval Process - Intent to Apply Due 11/1/22; ALE October Office Hours on 10/28/22; 2023 ALE Administrator Meeting on 1/20/23; Healthy Youth Survey in Online and Alternative Schools; OSPI’s 2023–25 Biennial Budget Priorities; MTSS Structured Literacy PD Webinar Materials; Leaders of Learning Alternatives (LoLA) Events
  • September | 2021-22 ALE Year End Report was Due 8/31/22; 2022-23 Washington Association of Learning Alternatives (WALA) Events; Input on Graduation Requirements; Youth Safety and Well-being Hotline Survey; ALE Funding Rates and Office Hours; Multidistrict Online School Program Approval Process – Intent to Apply Due 11/1/22; Mental Health Absences Update; Inclusionary Practices Online Course; Upcoming Events.
  • August | 2021-22 ALE Year End Report is Due 8/31/22; WaKIDS in ALE Rulemaking Update; Newly Approved Programs & Providers!; Graduation Requirements Alignment: Listening Session with the State Board of Education (SBE); K-12 Intensive Tutoring Competitive Grant (FP 204) has launched!; Learning Options Resources;
  • June | 2021-22 ALE Year End Report is Open; WaKIDS in ALE Rulemaking Update; Directory Change Request Process; ALD Documentation Cleanup
  • May | The 2021-22 ALE Year End Report is Open; WaKIDS in ALE Rulemaking Update; Grant Opportunities: Application Window Updates; Bulletin 024-22 - State Funding for Truancy Supports; Newly Approved Online Course Providers; ALE Records Retention
  • April | New name for the Alternative Learning Department: Learning Options; ALE Funding Rates for 2022-23; 2021-22 ALE Year-End Report; Online Learning Advisory Committee; Grant Opportunities: Application Window Updates; Graduation 101: Washington Requirements, Waivers, and Pathways Webinar; Profile of a Graduate Listening Sessions
  • March | WaKIDS in ALE; Graduation Requirement Emergency Waivers (GREW); Superintendent Reykdal’s Statement on the 2022 Legislative Session; Bulletin 011-22: Comprehensive Sexual Health Education Reporting Requirements for 2022; 2022 WALA Spring Conference Presentations; Student Art for Conference Space; Compliance Corner- New Title and Split Role
  • February | Learn How to Create and Refine your Community Engagement Board; Legislative Update; Grant Opportunities; COVID-19 Student Survey
  • January | Legislative Update, COVID-19 Student Survey, Invitation to Register: Bridge to College Math & English, Grant Opportunities, School Improvement Funding, Compliance Corner, Upcoming Events


  • December | WALA Spring Conference - Call for Presenters!; Grant Opportunities for Alternative Learning; ALE 101 Training - New Segments Added; Congratulations to On Track Academy! PEI's FieldSTEM School of the Year; CC - Past ALE News Topics
  • November  | 2021 WaKIDS Debrief; CC- Attendance; 2022 ALE Administrator Meeting
  • October  | OSSI iGrant Applications Deadline October 29; Online Learning News - Save the Date!; Medicaid Reimbursements; CC - Roles and Responsibilities: ALE vs Home-based Instruction
  • September  | 2022 ALE Administrator Meeting; Mastery-Based Learning Grant Webinar; ALE Advisory Committee; Truancy in ALE; CC - Monthly Progress Reviews & Compliance Webinar Link
  • August  | ALE Year-End Reporting Due August 31; 2021-2022 Funding Models; WA State Board of Education Profile of a Graduate Listening Sessions; ALE Rulemaking Update – Truancy; CC - WSLP Hot Topics
  • June | 2021-22 Guide to Offering ALE; 2020-21 ALE Year End Report; ALE Rulemaking Update; 2021 WaKIDS Assessment; iGrant Deadlines; Instructional Funding models for 2021-2022; CC - ALE 101 Training Course Now Available Online!
  • May  | ALE Year-end Report; Claiming ALE FTE for Summer Enrollment; Online Learning News; Updated Professional Code of Conduct; ALE funding rates for 2021-2022; CC - Your Compliance Toolkit
  • April | No spring state assessments; changing school name; CC – ALE Reporting Requirements
  • March | Reopening Guidance; Graduation requirements emergency waiver; CC – Weekly student contact
  • February | Truancy in ALE Extension; COVID-19 Student Survey; Bridge to College trainings; CC – Intervention plans
  • January | Online Learning – K-12 Internet Access Program; 2020 graduation pathways snapshot; Social emotional learning resource; CC – Intervention plans


  • January | Online School Program update; granting partial credit; CC – Syllabi, courses, CEDARS
  • February | ALE Rule Change; Graduation pathways 2020+; CC – Direct personal contact
  • March | ALE & COVID-19; OSPI/SBE guidance during the COVID-19 Outbreak; Enrollment reporting during closures
  • April | Online Learning: continuous learning; COVID-19 Guidance; ALE Rule change update; CC – Desk Reviews
  • May | ALE year-end reporting; 2020-21 Apportionment
  • June | ALE Rule Change; ALE year-end reporting; CC – Year-end Checklist
  • July | ALE Rule Change
  • August | ALE year-end report; ALE rule change; Online learning approvals; CC – Signatures
  • September | 2020-2021 Common LE questions; Online learning approvals; Fall enrollment guidance; OSPI budget priorities; CBO grants
  • October | Increase in ALE enrollment; Funding rates; Supporting multilingual/English learners, iGrant funds; CC – Who signs what?
  • November | Truancy in ALE; Multi-district online school program applications; CC – Weekly Contact
  • December | Truancy in ALE emergency rule change; New ALE program cohort; CC – Monthly progress reviews


  • January | Serving English and Migrant Students; CTE in ALE
  • February | Online school program updates due; Impact of Inclement Weather on ALE; CC – WSLP Approval
  • March | Online learning workgroup; OSPI website changes; CC – State Assessments
  • April | ALE year-end report; Online learning summer course catalog; CC – Satisfactory progress
  • May | Expedited waivers for graduation 2019; CEDARS data quality; Multiple pathways to graduation; ALE rule change participation; CC – School board requirements
  • June | Website, Resources and guidance documents; ALE year-end reporting; 2019-20 Full-day Kindergarten; CC – Curriculum Selection
  • August | ALE year-end reporting deadline; Resources for new programs and staff; Truancy in ALE; ALE rule change participation; multiple pathways to graduation update; CC – First enrollment claim of the school year
  • September | Special Education in ALE; CC – Compliance Reviews
  • October | Proposed ALE rule change; CC – Monthly progress reviews & intervention plans
  • November | Proposed ALE rule change; CC – 3rd intervention plan/substantial change
  • December | Online learning multidistrict approvals; CEDARS reporting for online learning; District responsibilities for absences; CC – choice transfer


  • January | Behavior & discipline in ALE; Welcome to School choice & Options manager; WALA pre-conference sessions
  • February | Alternative learning department website; Part-time Assessments; Full day kindergarten
  • March | WALA conference follow-up information; Full-day Kindergarten; Online learning FAQs
  • April | Full-day Kindergarten; 2018-19 funding rate; Guidance updates; State Auditor’s Office Reports
  • May | ALE Year-end report; ALE CEDARS reporting; K-12 Education budget; Full-day Kindergarten; Choice Transfers; advisory committees; New technology standards and Civics requirements
  • August | August deadlines; new ALE course type rules; new Full-day Kindergarten rules; Resources for new programs and staff; Site visits; ALD staffing changes
  • September | September progress reviews; WaKIDS Assessment; ALE CEDARS reporting
  • October | ALE Guide; CEDARS reporting; ALE compliance reviews
  • November | State Superintendent community forums; Fall WALA workshops
  • December | Online approvals window; OSPI report card redesign


Led by State Superintendent Chris Reykdal, OSPI oversees K-12 public education in Washington state. Our mission is to provide funding, resources, tools, data and technical assistance that enable educators to ensure students succeed in our public schools, are prepared to access post-secondary training and education, and are equipped to thrive in their careers and lives.

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