7336 R1 - Procedures for Alternative Learning Experience

Adopted
5/6/97

Revised
9/1/98
3/11/05

1/17/06
12/2011

Definition: An alternative learning experience is an individualized course of study for a student for the period of time that student is enrolled in the Edmonds School District and not for time that student is home-based pursuant to RCW 28A.225.010(4), a private school student pursuant to RCW 28A.225.010(1)(a), or an adult education student.

I. Every student enrolled in the program shall have a written student learning plan (WSLP) developed, monitored, evaluated, and approved by a certificate teacher. The student's advisor, who must be certificated instructional staff or a contractor as defined in WAC 392-121-188, must approve the plan and has primary responsibility and accountability for the plan. The student learning plan must meet the following minimum criteria. The plan must:

A. Include a schedule of the duration of the course, including the beginning and ending dates:

B. Describe the specific learning goals, activities, and performance objectives of the alternative learning experience. This requirement may be met through course syllabi or other detailed descriptions of learning requirements.

C. Describe the average number of hours per week that the student will engage in learning activities to accomplish the objectives of the plan;

D. Describe how weekly contact requirements will be fulfilled;

E. Identify instructional materials essential to successful completion of the learning plan;

F. Include a timeline and method for evaluating student progress toward the learning goals and performance objectives specified in the learning plan; and

Identify whether the alternative learning experience meets one or more of the state essential academic learning requirements defined by the district. High school alternative learning plans must identify whether the experience meets state and district graduation requirements.

II. Annually, during a public meeting, the board will approve the ratio of certificated instructional staff to full-time equivalent students enrolled in alternative learning experience programs and courses.

III. Student performance will be supervised, monitored, assessed, evaluated, and recorded by certificated staff, including the method for grade reporting if different from other district programs.

Student performance will be assessed, monitored, recorded, and supervised by certificated staff through the WSLP. Full time students enrolled in alternative education programs will participate in required state assessments. An official record of their performance will be maintained by the school district.

IV. Each student enrolled in an alternative learning experience program shall have district personal contact with certificated staff at least weekly, to discuss and evaluate student progress, until completion of the course objectives or the requirements of the learning plan. Direct personal contact means a face-to-face meeting with the student, and if appropriate, with the parent(s) or guardian.

The board further determines that it does not compromise educational quality, student health or safety or the fiscal integrity of the district to provide that personal contact through the use of telephone, e-mail, interactive video communications or other means of digital communication when available.

V. Each student's educational progress will be reviewed at least monthly. The results of the reviews shall be shared with the students and with the parents or guardians of students in K-8 programs. If a student does not make satisfactory progress in the activities identified in his or her revised plan, or appropriate intervention will be implemented.
The definition of student monthly progress will be defined by each ALE program separately and made available to students and parents in a published form.

VI. District Supervision:

The superintendent or superintendent's designee is responsible for approving specific alternative learning experience programs or courses, monitoring compliance with WAC 392-121-182 and reporting at the end of each school year to the school district board of directors on the program. The annual report shall contain:

A. The alternative learning experience student headcount and full-time equivalent enrollment claimed for basic education funding;

B. A description of how certificated and classified staff are assigned program management and instructional responsibilities that maximize student learning; including the ratio of certificated instructional staff to full-time equivalent students;
C. A description of how the alternative learning experience program supports the districts overall goals for academic achievement; and

D. Results of periodic self-evaluations conducted pursuant to WAC 392-121-182(10) and annual development of the School/Program Improvement Plan.

VII. The district alternative learning program shall satisfy the state board of education requirements for courses of study or equivalencies; and if the program offers credit or a high school diploma, the alternative learning program must meet the minimum high school graduation requirements.

Alternative Learning Experience Programs

District Implementation Guidelines:

A. Alternative Learning Experience shall be available to all students including students with disabilities.

B. The district shall make available to students enrolled in alternative learning programs access to curricula, course content, instructional materials and other learning resources required by the written student learning plan. These materials shall be consistent in quality with those available to the overall student population.

C. Work based learning shall comply with Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 180-50-315 and 392-121-124.

D. Contracting for alternative learning experiences shall be subject to WAC 392-121-188 and Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 28A.150.305.

E. The district shall provide to parent(s) or guardian, a description of the difference between home-based instruction and alternative learning programs. The parent(s) or guardian must sign documentation indicating their understanding of the distinction. The district shall retain the statement of understanding and make it available for audit.

F. The district shall use reliable methods to insure a student is doing his or her own work, which may include proctoring examinations or projects.

G. District alternative learning programs, using digital or on-line learning will be accredited through the state accreditation program or through the regional accreditation program.

Accountability for Student Performance:

A. Students participating in alternative learning experiences shall be evaluated as follows:

1. Each student's progress shall be evaluated monthly, based on the learning goals and performance objectives defined in the written student learning plan.

2. The progress review will be conducted by certificated instructional staff and include direct personal contact (as defined by district policy) with the student. The results of the review will be shared with the student and the student's parent.

3. Certificated instructional staff will determine whether the student is making satisfactory progress in meeting the written student learning plan.

4. If the student fails to make satisfactory progress for an evaluation period an intervention plan consistent with WAC 392.121.182(3)(f) shall be developed and implemented. The intervention plan will be developed by certificated instructional staff in collaboration with the student, and for students in K-8, the student's parent(s) or guardian.

5. If after three consecutive evaluations, the student is not making progress, a new plan designed to meet the student's needs shall be developed and implemented.

B. Students in alternative learning programs shall be assessed using the state assessment for the student's grade level and using other annual assessments required by the district. Part-time homeschool students are not required to participate in the statewide assessments required under RCW 28A.655.

C. Students attending an alternative learning program outside their district shall participate in any required annual state assessments at the district or residence. The enrolling district shall coordinate the test taking.

Program Evaluation:

The district will periodically evaluate its program in a manner designed to objectively measure its effectiveness.

Annual Reporting:

The district will report annually to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) on the alternative learning programs and courses offered by the district. The report shall include student headcount; full-time equivalent enrollment claimed for basic education funding; the ratio of certificated instructional staff to full-time equivalent alternative learning students; and identify alternative learning students receiving instruction under contract.

Documentation:

The district will retain the appropriate records for audit purposes. Documents shall include a school board policy, annual reports to the school board and to OSPI, student learning plans, student progress reviews and evaluations, student enrollment detail, and signed parent(s) or guardian enrollment forms.


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