Alternative Learning Department

ALE Newsletters


  • January | Online Learning – K-12 Internet Access Program; 2020 graduation pathways snapshot; Social emotional learning resource; CC – Intervention plans
  • February | Truancy in ALE Extension; COVID-19 Student Survey; Bridge to College trainings; CC – Intervention plans
  • March | Reopening Guidance; Graduation requirements emergency waiver; CC – Weekly student contact
  • April | No spring state assessments; changing school name; CC – ALE Reporting Requirements


  • 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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