November Alternative Learning Update

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Proposed ALE Rule Change

The Alternative Learning Department (ALD) is exploring potential rule changes to WAC 392-121-182 for implementation in the 2020-2021 school year. A CR 101 has been filed and is currently available on the OSPI Rule Making Activity website.

A draft proposal and timeline will be available in the rule updates section of the Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) website soon.  The ALD is working with stakeholders to obtain feedback on the current proposal and evaluate other ways the ALE rules may be enhanced in the future. 

Our goals for this comprehensive WAC revision include:

  • recodifying and reorganizing of the WAC sections for a more accessible version
  • adding truancy language, per legislative request
  • removing the statement of understanding as a stand-alone requirement

You are invited to learn more about the draft proposal through one of the following methods of participation. 

Register to attend one of the following in-person information sessions:

  • 11/22/19 10:00 AM – NEWESD 101, Spokane
  • 12/13/19 10:00 AM – ESD 189, Anacortes

Register to join one of the following webinars:

We look forward to connecting with you at one of these events! 

Questions? Contact the ALD. 

January 2020 ALE Administrator Meeting

Please register for the 2020 ALE Administrators meeting.
Friday January 17, 2020
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
South Puget Sound Community College, Lacey Campus

The event is free of charge. Registration will ensure morning refreshments, and lunch. Clock hours will be provided by OSPI.  

Questions? Contact Anissa Sharratt.  

Compliance Corner

As a follow up to last month’s Compliance Corner:

After the 3rd Intervention Plan – What is a Substantial Change to the WSLP?

"A course of study designed to more appropriately meet the student's educational needs must be developed and implemented by a certificated teacher in conjunction with the student and where possible, the student's parent." WAC 392-121-182(4)(c)(viii)

What does this look like?

  • This might mean that the student is working on fewer courses at a time: 2 full courses per quarter, 1 course per month, etc. The key is that the student is able to remain on pace for the year to earn a full year’s credit or educational program.
  • For younger students, this might mean partial enrollment, with part-time home-based or sharing with the brick and mortar program.
  • This might mean compacted learning to key in on focused concepts and standards using a check-chart for meeting standards, allowing for less time on some subjects and more time on others.

Upcoming Events and Resources

  • GATE Equity Webinar Series Regular monthly webinars. Information and registration available through the GATE website.
  • 2020 ALE Administrators Meeting January 17, 2020 Lacey, WA. Registration for this meeting is now open.
  • Digital Learning Annual Conference (DLAC) February 24-26, 2020, Austin, TX, For more information, visit the DLAC website
  • 45th Annual WALA Spring Conference March 5-7, 2020, Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, WA. For more information, visit the WALA website.

Contact Us!

For more information about Alternative Learning, please contact us as, or visit our newly updated website here.

For specific questions, contact us by email:

ALE Programs: Anissa Sharratt
ALE/Reengagement Compliance: Liz Quayle
Online Learning: Nicole González