September Alternative Learning Update

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Reminder - September Progress Review

Please remember to conduct the Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) monthly progress review for September! 

ALE WAC 392-121-182 requires a monthly review of student progress in order to claim enrollment for the following month. If you claimed ALE enrollment in September, you must review progress of the student to claim them again in October. 

Progress reviews must be completed within five school days from the end of September (by the 5th school day of October). If progress is determined to be unsatisfactory an intervention plan is required. This review should not occur during the first week of September.

If you have questions about compliance with this provision of WAC 392-121-182, contact Liz Quayle, ALE & Reengagement Compliance Manager.   

Reminder - WaKIDS Assessment

Please be aware of the WaKIDS assessment window and administration requirements if your program is offering Full-day Kindergarten (FDK).

Changes to WAC 392-121-182, regarding FDK in an ALE environment, are in effect for the 2018-19 school year. This includes the implementation of the WaKIDS assessment for students enrolled at greater than 0.5 ALE FTE. 

For more information regarding the WaKIDS assessment, please contact the OSPI Early Learning Department.  

ALE CEDARS Reporting

Thank you to everyone who participated in the ALE CEDARS Reporting webinar on September 17, 2018. A recording of the webinar will be available on our website soon. 

As mentioned in the webinar, the Alternative Learning Department (ALD) will be focusing its efforts on improving ALE CEDARS data for the 2018-19 school year. One step in this process is providing districts with informational reports allowing them to compare their enrollment reporting data with student information submitted to CEDARS at various points during the school year. OSPI is currently in the process of creating these reports in addition to a method for making them available to district staff. 

If you have questions or would like more information on CEDARS reporting, please 

Advisory Committees

ALE Advisory
The ALE Advisory Committee met on Thursday August 16, 2018. Representatives from programs across the state, Washington Association for Learning Alternatives (WALA), and the Alternative Learning Department (ALD) discussed the following topics: 

  • CEDARS reporting & communication best practices 
  • Alternative Accountability 
  • Upcoming ALD webinars and projects
  • Language review and recommendations for updated ALE guidance

For questions about the ALE Advisory Committee, please contact WALA or the ALD

Online Learning Advisory Committee (OLAC)
OLAC will convene for its first meeting of the 2018-19 school year on Wednesday October 17, 2018 at 9:30 AM. The meeting will be held at the WEA Headquarters in Federal Way, WA. 

Visit the OLAC website for more information about the committee, meeting schedule, or membership.

Save the Date - Annual ALE Administrator Meeting

The 2019 January ALE Administrator Meeting has been scheduled for Friday January 18, 2019 at the Lacey Campus of South Puget Sound Community College in Lacey, WA. Registration will open later this fall. 

Washington Association for Learning Alternatives (WALA)

The WALA organization supports alternative learning in Washington state. If you are interested in learning more about WALA and their professional development opportunities, contact Brad Sprague, WALA Executive Director. 

Fake Email Alert

OSPI has recently received several inquiries from districts about emails appearing to come from an OSPI email address, with an infected file attached. Please be cautious when receiving suspicious emails or unexpected attachments. Look closely at the email address of the sender to ensure the message is from an OSPI staff member. Other indicators of fake emails can be incorrect phone numbers or suspicious language. Avoid opening files without checking first. If you have any doubts about the authenticity of a message, please don’t hesitate to check with OSPI!

Upcoming Events

GATE Equity Webinar Series 
10:00 AM & 1:00 PM on October 10, 2018 - Behavior
Registration available through the GATE website.

Online Learning Advisory Committee (OLAC)
9:30 AM on October 17, 2018
WEA Headquarters in Federal Way
For more information, visit the Online Learning website

Fall WALA Workshops
October/November 2018
For more information, visit the WALA website

iNACOL Symposium
October 21 - 24, 2018
Nashville, TN
For more information, visit the iNACOL website

November 5 - 6, 2018
Seatac, WA
For more information, visit the MTSS website

Alternative Accountability Policy Forum (AAPF)
November 14 - 16, 2018
San Diego, CA
For more information, visit the AAPF website

ALE Administrator Meeting
January 18, 2019
Lacey, WA
Agenda and registration information coming soon.