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Chapter 392-550 WAC

Last Update: 7/14/21

ALTERNATIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

WAC Sections

HTMLPDF392-550-005Purpose.
HTMLPDF392-550-010Authority.
HTMLPDF392-550-020Definitions.
HTMLPDF392-550-025Alternative learning experience requirements.
HTMLPDF392-550-030Program requirements.
HTMLPDF392-550-035Full-day kindergarten requirements.
HTMLPDF392-550-040Truancy.
HTMLPDF392-550-045Required school district or charter school board policies for alternative learning experiences.
HTMLPDF392-550-050Assessment requirements.
HTMLPDF392-550-055Enrollment reporting procedures.
HTMLPDF392-550-060Reporting requirements.
HTMLPDF392-550-065Documentation and record retention requirements.


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Purpose.

(1) The purposes of this chapter are the following:
(a) To ensure that students enrolled in an alternative learning experience offered by a school district or public charter school have available to them educational opportunities designed to meet their individual needs; and
(b) To provide general program requirements for alternative learning experiences offered by or through school districts and charter schools.
(2) This chapter applies solely to school districts and charter schools claiming state funding pursuant to WAC 392-121-107 for an alternative learning experience. It is not intended to apply to alternative learning experiences funded exclusively with federal or local resources. This chapter does not apply to alternative learning experiences offered by charter schools pursuant to charter contract terms governing the operation of alternative learning experience in the school.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.232 RCW and RCW 28A.232.030. WSR 20-15-062, § 392-550-005, filed 7/10/20, effective 8/10/20.]



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Authority.

The authority for this chapter is RCW 28A.232.010, 28A.150.315, 28A.150.290, and 28A.710.220.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.232 RCW and RCW 28A.232.030. WSR 20-15-062, § 392-550-010, filed 7/10/20, effective 8/10/20.]



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Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter the following definitions apply:
(1)(a) "Alternative learning experience" means a course, or for grades kindergarten through eight, grade-level course work, that is a delivery method for the program of basic education and is:
(i) Provided in whole or in part independently from a regular classroom setting or schedule, but may include some components of direct instruction;
(ii) Supervised, monitored, assessed, evaluated, and documented by a certificated teacher employed by the school district or charter school, or under contract as permitted by applicable rules; and
(iii) Provided in accordance with a written student learning plan that is implemented pursuant to the school district's or charter school's policy and this chapter.
(b) The categories of alternative learning experience courses are:
(i) "Online course" means an alternative learning experience course that has the same meaning as provided in RCW 28A.250.010.
(ii) "Remote course" means an alternative learning experience course or course work that is not an online course where the written student learning plan for the course does not include a requirement for in-person instructional contact time.
(iii) "Site-based course" means an alternative learning experience course or course work that is not an online course where the written student learning plan for the course includes a requirement for in-person instructional contact time.
(2) "Alternative learning experience program" is a school or a program within a school that offers alternative learning experience courses or course work.
(3) "Certificated teacher" means an employee of a school district or charter school, of a school district contractor pursuant to WAC 392-121-188, or a charter school contractor pursuant to WAC 392-121-1885, who is assigned and endorsed according to the provisions of chapter 181-82 WAC.
(4) "Direct personal contact" means a one-to-one meeting between a certificated teacher and the student, or, where appropriate, between the certificated teacher, the student, and the student's parent. Direct personal contact can be accomplished in person or through the use of telephone, email, instant messaging, interactive video communication, or other means of digital communication.
(5) "Full-day kindergarten" means a program that is eligible for state-funded full-day kindergarten, as provided for in RCW 28A.150.315 in which any student's alternative learning experience enrollment is claimed as greater than 0.50 full-time equivalent.
(6) "In-person instructional contact" means face-to-face contact between a certificated teacher and the student in a classroom environment. In-person instructional contact may be accomplished in a group setting between the teacher and multiple students.
(7) "Intervention plan" means a plan designed to improve the progress of students determined to be not making satisfactory progress.
(8) "Parent" has the same definition as "parent" in WAC 392-172A-01125.
(9) "Satisfactory progress" means a determination made in accordance with WAC 392-550-025 that a student's progress toward achieving the specific learning goals and performance objectives specified in the written student learning plan is satisfactory.
(10) "School week" means any seven-day calendar period starting with Sunday and continuing through Saturday that includes at least three days when a district's schools are in session or when a charter school is in session.
(11) "School-based support staff" means an employee of a school district or a charter school, of a school district contractor pursuant to WAC 392-121-188, or a charter school contractor pursuant to WAC 392-121-1885, who is supporting a student in an online course. The school-based support staff may or may not hold a teaching certificate.
(12) "Substantially similar experiences and services" means that for each purchased or contracted instructional or cocurricular course, lesson, trip, or other experience, service, or activity identified on an alternative learning experience written student learning plan, there is an identical or similar experience, service, or activity made available to students enrolled in the district's regular instructional program:
(a) At a similar grade level;
(b) At a similar level of frequency, intensity, and duration including, but not limited to, consideration of individual versus group instruction;
(c) At a similar level of cost to the student with regard to any related club, group, or association memberships; admission, enrollment, registration, rental or other participation fees; or any other expense associated with the experience or service;
(d) In accordance with district adopted or charter school adopted content standards or state defined grade level standards; and
(e) That is supervised, monitored, assessed, evaluated, and documented by a certificated teacher.
(13) "Synchronous digital instructional contact" means real-time communication between a certificated teacher and the student using interactive online, voice, or video communication technology.
(14) "Total weekly time" means the estimated average hours per school week the student will engage in learning activities to meet the requirements of the written student learning plan.
(15) "Valid justification" means any reason as determined by the school district or charter school board policy for which a student may miss the contact requirements of WAC 392-550-025 for the purpose of truancy pursuant to WAC 392-550-040.
(16) "WaKIDS" means the Washington kindergarten inventory of developing skills assessment provided under RCW 28A.655.080.
(17) "Written student learning plan" means a written plan for learning that includes the elements outlined in WAC 392-550-025.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.232 RCW and RCW 28A.232.030. WSR 20-15-062, § 392-550-020, filed 7/10/20, effective 8/10/20.]



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Alternative learning experience requirements.

(1) Written student learning plan.
(a) Each student participating in an alternative learning experience must have a written student learning plan developed and approved by a certificated teacher that is designed to meet the student's individual educational needs.
(b) A certificated teacher must have responsibility and accountability for each course specified in the plan, including supervision and monitoring, and evaluation and documentation of the student's progress.
(c) The written student learning plan may be developed with assistance from the student, the student's parents, or other interested parties. For students whose written student learning plan includes only online courses, the written student learning plan may be developed and approved by a certificated teacher or a school-based support staff.
(d) The written student learning plan must include the following elements:
(i) A beginning and ending date for the student's alternative learning experience courses;
(ii) An estimate by a certificated teacher of the average number of hours per school week the student will engage in learning activities to meet the requirements of the written student learning plan. This estimate must consider only the time the student will engage in learning activities necessary to accomplish the learning goals and performance objectives specified in the written student learning plan;
(iii) For online courses and remote courses, a description of how weekly contact requirements will be fulfilled;
(iv)(A) A description of each alternative learning experience course or course work included as part of the learning plan, including specific learning goals, performance objectives, and learning activities for each course, written in a manner that facilitates monthly evaluation of student progress. The description must clearly identify the requirements a student must meet to successfully complete the course or course work. Courses or course work must be identified using course names, codes, and designators specified in the most recent Comprehensive Education Data and Research System data manual published by the office of superintendent of public instruction;
(B) This requirement may be met through the use of individual course syllabi or other similarly detailed descriptions of learning requirements;
(v) Identification of the certificated teacher responsible for each course or course work included as part of the plan;
(vi) Identification of all instructional materials that will be used to complete the learning plan;
(vii) A description of the timelines and methods for evaluating student progress toward the learning goals and performance objectives specified in the learning plan; and
(viii) Identification of whether each alternative learning experience course or course work meets one or more of the state essential academic learning requirements or grade-level expectations and any other academic goals, objectives, and learning requirements defined by the school district or charter school.
(2) Contact. Each student enrolled in an alternative learning experience must have one of the following methods of contact with a certificated teacher at least once a school week until the student completes all course objectives or otherwise meets the requirements of the learning plan:
(a) Direct personal contact must:
(i) Be for the purposes of instruction, review of assignments, testing, evaluation of student progress, or other learning activities or requirements identified in the written student learning plan;
(ii) Be related to an alternative learning experience course or course work identified in the written student learning plan; and
(iii) At minimum include a two-way exchange of information between a certificated teacher and the student. All required direct personal contact must be documented.
(b) In-person instructional contact must be:
(i) For the purposes of actual instruction, review of assignments, testing, evaluation of student progress, or other learning activities or requirements identified in the written student learning plan; and
(ii) Related to an alternative learning experience course identified in the written student learning plan.
(c) Synchronous digital instructional contact may be accomplished in a group setting between the teacher and multiple students. The synchronous digital contact must be:
(i) For the purposes of actual instruction, review of assignments, testing, evaluation of student progress, or other learning activities or requirements identified in the written student learning plan; and
(ii) Related to an alternative learning experience course or course work identified in the written student learning plan.
(3) Monthly progress evaluation.
(a) The educational progress of each student enrolled in an alternative learning experience must be evaluated at least once each calendar month of enrollment by a certificated teacher or, for students whose written student learning plans include only online classes, school-based support staff in accordance with this section.
(b) The results of each evaluation must be communicated to the student or, if the student is in grades K-8, both the student and the student's parent. For students whose written student learning plan includes only online courses, a school-based support staff may communicate the progress evaluation to the student.
(c) Educational progress must be evaluated according to the following requirements:
(i) Each student's educational progress evaluation must be based on the learning goals and performance objectives defined in the written student learning plan;
(ii) The evaluation of satisfactory progress must be conducted in a manner consistent with school district or charter school student evaluation or grading procedures, and be based on the professional judgment of a certificated teacher;
(iii) In the event that the monthly evaluation is not completed within the calendar month being evaluated, the evaluation must be completed within five school days of the end of the month. Districts and charter schools must not claim funding for the subsequent month for a student who was not evaluated within that time frame;
(iv) The progress evaluation conducted by a certificated teacher must include direct personal contact with the student with the following exceptions:
(A) After an initial month of satisfactory progress, in subsequent months where progress continues to be satisfactory the evaluation may be communicated to the student without direct personal contact.
(B) Direct personal contact is not required as a part of the evaluation conducted in the final month of the school year if the evaluation takes the form of the delivery of final grades to the student.
(v) Based on the progress evaluation, a certificated teacher must determine and document whether the student is making satisfactory progress reaching the learning goals and performance objectives defined in the written student learning plan;
(vi)(A) For students whose written student learning plan includes only online courses, school-based support staff, according to school policy and procedures, may use the student's progress grades in the online course or courses to determine whether a student's progress is satisfactory.
(B) School-based support staff, following school policy and procedures, may take into account nonacademic factors or local school expectations to finalize the determination of satisfactory progress.
(C) The progress grades posted in the learning management system may serve as the documentation of determining satisfactory progress.
(4) Intervention plan.
(a) If it is determined that the student failed to make satisfactory progress or that the student failed to follow the written student learning plan, an intervention plan must be developed for the student within five school days of the date of the monthly progress evaluation.
(b) An intervention plan must be developed, documented, and implemented by a certificated teacher in conjunction with the student and, for students in grades K-8, the student's parent(s). For students whose written student learning plan includes only online courses, the intervention plan may be developed by the school-based support staff in conjunction with the student and certificated teacher and must be approved by the student's online certificated teacher.
(c) At minimum, the intervention plan must include at least one of the following interventions:
(i) Increasing the frequency or duration of contact with a certificated teacher for the purposes of enhancing the ability of the certificated teacher to improve student learning;
(ii) Modifying the manner in which contact with a certificated teacher is accomplished;
(iii) Modifying the student's learning goals or performance objectives;
(iv) Modifying the number of or scope of courses or the content included in the learning plan.
(d) An intervention plan is not required if the evaluation is delivered within the last five school days of the year.
(5) Continued enrollment. If after no more than three consecutive calendar months in which it is determined the student is not making satisfactory progress despite documented intervention efforts, 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. This may include removal of the student from the alternative learning experience and enrollment of the student in another educational program offered by the school district or charter school.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.232.010. WSR 21-06-082, § 392-550-025, filed 3/1/21, effective 4/1/21. Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.232 RCW and RCW 28A.232.030. WSR 20-15-062, § 392-550-025, filed 7/10/20, effective 8/10/20.]



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Program requirements.

(1) School districts or charter schools that offer alternative learning experience courses or course work must ensure that they are accessible to all students, including students with disabilities. Alternative learning experience courses or course work for special education students must be provided in accordance with chapter 392-172A WAC.
(2) Contracting for alternative learning experience courses or course work is subject to the provisions of WAC 392-121-188.
(3) It is the responsibility of the school district or school district contractor, or charter school or charter school contractor, to ensure that students have all curricula, course content, instructional materials and learning activities that are identified in the alternative learning experience written student learning plan.
(4) School districts and charter schools must ensure that no student or parent is provided any compensation, reimbursement, gift, reward, or gratuity related to the student's enrollment or participation in, or related to another student's recruitment or enrollment in, an alternative learning experience course or course work unless otherwise required by law. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, funds provided to parents or students for the purchase of educational materials, supplies, experiences, services, or technological equipment.
(5) School district employees are prohibited from receiving any compensation or payment as an incentive to increase student enrollment of out-of-district students in an alternative learning experience course or course work.
(6) Curricula, course content, instructional materials, learning activities, and other learning resources for alternative learning experience courses or course work must be consistent in quality with those available to the district's or charter school's overall student population.
(7) Instructional materials used in alternative learning experience courses or course work must be approved pursuant to school board policies adopted in accordance with RCW 28A.320.230.
(8) A district or charter school may purchase educational materials, equipment, or other nonconsumable supplies for students' use in alternative learning experience courses or course work if the purchase is consistent with the district's or charter school's approved instructional materials or curriculum, conforms to applicable laws and rules, and is made in the same manner as such purchases are made for students in the district's or charter school's regular instructional program. Items so purchased remain the property of the school district or charter school upon program completion.
(9)(a) School districts and charter schools are prohibited from purchasing or contracting for instructional or cocurricular experiences and services that are included in an alternative learning experience written student learning plan including, but not limited to, lessons, trips, and other activities, unless substantially similar experiences or services are also made available to students enrolled in the district's or charter school's regular instructional program.
(b) This prohibition extends to a district's or charter school's contracted providers of alternative learning experience programs, and each district and charter school shall be responsible for monitoring the compliance of its contracted providers.
(c) Nothing in this subsection shall:
(i) Prohibit school districts or charter schools from contracting with school district or charter school employees to provide services or experiences to students; or
(ii) Prohibit school districts or charter schools from contracting with online providers approved by the office of superintendent of public instruction pursuant to chapter 28A.250 RCW; or
(iii) Require school districts or charter schools that contract with school district or charter school employees to provide services or experiences to students, or with online providers approved by the office of superintendent of public instruction pursuant to chapter 28A.250 RCW, to provide substantially similar experiences and services under this chapter.
(10)(a) A school district or charter school that provides alternative learning experience courses or course work to a student must include a description of the difference between home-based instruction pursuant to chapter 28A.200 RCW and the alternative learning experience course(s).
(b) This information must be provided directly to the parent prior to the student's enrollment and in the school or program informational materials such as the student and parent handbook and website. Reasonable efforts must be made to enable parents to request and receive the information in a language in which they are fluent.
(11)(a) The school district or school district contractor, or charter school or charter school contractor, is prohibited from advertising, marketing, and otherwise providing unsolicited information about learning programs offered by the school district or charter school including, but not limited to, digital learning programs, part-time enrollment opportunities, and other alternative learning programs, to students and their parents who have filed a declaration of intent to cause a child to receive home-based instruction under RCW 28A.200.010. School districts and charter schools may respond to requests for information that are initiated by a parent.
(b) This prohibition does not apply to general mailings, newsletters, or other general communication distributed by the school district, school district contractor, charter school, or charter school contractor to all households in the district.
(12) Work-based learning as a component of an alternative learning experience course of study is subject to the provisions of WAC 392-410-315 and 392-121-124.
(13) The school district or charter school must institute reliable methods to verify a student is doing his or her own work. The methods may include proctored examinations or projects, including the use of web cams or other technologies. For the purpose of this section, "proctored" means directly monitored by an adult authorized by the school district or charter school.
(14) School districts may accept nonresident students under the school choice enrollment provisions of RCW 28A.225.200 through 28A.225.230 and chapter 392-137 WAC for enrollment in alternative learning experiences.
(15) School districts enrolling a nonresident student must inform the resident school district if the student drops out of the alternative learning experience program or is otherwise no longer enrolled.
(16) The alternative learning experience must satisfy the office of superintendent of public instruction's requirements for courses of study and equivalencies as provided in chapter 392-410 WAC.
(17) High school alternative learning experience courses must be offered for high school credit. Courses offering credit or alternative learning experience programs issuing a high school diploma must satisfy the state board of education's high school credit and graduation requirements as provided in chapter 180-51 WAC.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.232 RCW and RCW 28A.232.030. WSR 20-15-062, § 392-550-030, filed 7/10/20, effective 8/10/20.]



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Full-day kindergarten requirements.

Alternative learning experience programs providing full-day kindergarten must:
(1) Have multiple weekly, in-person, and on-site observations of students by certificated teachers each week during the eight-week WaKIDS assessment window.
(2) Have at least a one thousand annual hour instructional program.
(3) Have written student learning plans that include at least the following elements:
(a) A description of curriculum activities that assist students in:
(i) Developing initial skills in the academic areas of reading, mathematics, and writing;
(ii) Developing a variety of communication skills;
(iii) Providing experiences in science, social studies, arts, health, physical education, and a world language other than English;
(iv) Acquiring large and small motor skills;
(v) Acquiring social and emotional skills including successful participation in learning activities as an individual and as part of a group; and
(vi) Learning through hands-on experiences.
(b) A description of learning environments that are developmentally appropriate and promote creativity.
(4) Implement WaKIDS in accordance with WAC 392-550-050.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.232 RCW and RCW 28A.232.030. WSR 20-15-062, § 392-550-035, filed 7/10/20, effective 8/10/20.]



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Truancy.

(1) This section provides the process for determining truancy, required interventions, and a threshold for filing a truancy petition for students enrolled in alternative learning experience courses. Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, this process should be used in place of the thresholds provided in RCW 28A.225.030. All other requirements of compulsory attendance outlined in chapter 28A.225 RCW apply.
(2) If a child required to attend school under RCW 28A.225.010 fails to meet the contact requirements of an alternative learning experience under this chapter without valid justification, the school district or charter school in which the child is enrolled must perform the following procedures:
(a)(i) The school district or charter school must inform the child's parent by a notice through direct personal contact whenever the child has failed to make weekly contact without valid justification.
(ii) The notice must inform the parent of the potential consequences of additional missed weekly contacts.
(iii) The school district or charter school must ensure that this notification is in a language the parents understand, which may require language assistance for parents with limited-English proficiency under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
(b)(i) After the second consecutive week of missed contact without valid justification or third cumulative week of missed contact without valid justification, the school district or charter school must schedule a conference with the parent and child to discuss the missed contact, administer a screener, and develop a data-based intervention plan to reduce the child's missed contacts.
(ii) The purpose of the conference is to understand the underlying reasons for the missed contact and to develop an intervention plan to address them.
(iii) In middle school and high school, the conference must include the application of the Washington assessment of the risks and needs of students (WARNS), or other screener that identifies barriers to attendance, by a school district's designee under RCW 28A.225.026.
(iv) The conference may take place in-person, by phone, or through interactive video communication.
(v) The conference must take place within one calendar week.
(vi) If the child's parent does not attend the scheduled conference, the conference may be conducted with the student and school official. The parent must be notified of the steps to be taken to eliminate the child's missed weekly contacts.
(3)(a)(i) If the actions performed under subsection (2) of this section are not successful in substantially reducing an enrolled student's missed weekly contacts without valid justification, the school district or charter school must file a petition and supporting affidavit for a civil action with the juvenile court alleging a violation of RCW 28A.225.010 by the parent, the child, or the parent and the child.
(ii) The petition must be filed no later than the fifth consecutive or sixth cumulative missed weekly contact without valid justification. The petition may be filed earlier and it may include the student's previous history of unexcused absences.
(b) A petition filed under this section must include the supporting documentation as provided in RCW 28A.225.030(1).
(c) For nonresident students, the petition must be filed in the county juvenile court that is most accessible for the student and parent. When determining the appropriate county court in which to file a truancy petition for nonresident students, the following must be considered:
(i) Proximity to the student or parents' primary place of residence;
(ii) The guidance from the juvenile court closest to the student or parents' primary place of residence; and
(iii) Preference stated by the student or parent, if communication with the parent(s) has been established.
(4) The petition must follow the requirements of RCW 28A.225.035.
(5)(a) Pursuant to RCW 28A.225.035, the petition must be stayed and the child and the child's parents must be referred to a community engagement board or other coordinated means of intervention.
(b) The school district or charter school offering alternative learning experience course(s), or program designee, is responsible for coordinating with the juvenile court to determine whether a community engagement board is the best intervention for the child or if another coordinated means of intervention will be more likely to support the student to return to school.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.232.010 and 28A.232.030. WSR 21-15-046, § 392-550-040, filed 7/14/21, effective 8/14/21. Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.232 RCW and RCW 28A.232.030. WSR 20-15-062, § 392-550-040, filed 7/10/20, effective 8/10/20.]



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Required school district or charter school board policies for alternative learning experiences.

(1) The board of directors of a school district or charter school board claiming state funding for alternative learning experiences must adopt and annually review written policies authorizing such alternative learning experiences.
(2) The policy must include at least the following:
(a) Each alternative learning experience program and program provider;
(b) A list of valid justifications why a student may miss the weekly contact requirement pursuant to WAC 392-550-025 for the purpose of truancy pursuant to WAC 392-550-040;
(c) A designation, by title, of one or more school district official(s) or charter school official(s) responsible for overseeing the district's or charter school's alternative learning experience courses or programs who will:
(i) Monitor compliance with this chapter; and
(ii) Report at least annually to the school district board of directors or charter school board on the program pursuant to WAC 392-550-060.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.232 RCW and RCW 28A.232.030. WSR 20-15-062, § 392-550-045, filed 7/10/20, effective 8/10/20.]



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Assessment requirements.

(1)(a) All students enrolled in alternative learning experience courses or course work must be assessed at least annually, using, for full-time students, the state assessment for the student's grade level and using any other annual assessments required by the school district or charter school.
(b)(i) Part-time students must be assessed at least annually.
(ii) Part-time students who are receiving home-based instruction under chapter 28A.200 RCW or who are enrolled in an approved private school under chapter 28A.195 RCW are not required to participate in the assessments required under chapter 28A.655 RCW.
(2) Any student whose alternative learning experience enrollment is claimed as greater than 0.8 full-time equivalent in any one month through the January count date must be included by the school district or charter school in any required state or federal accountability reporting for that school year, subject to existing state and federal accountability rules and procedures.
(3)(a) Students enrolled in nonresident district alternative learning experience courses or course work who are unable to participate in required annual state assessments at the nonresident district must have the opportunity to participate in such required annual state assessments at the district of physical residence, subject to that district's planned testing schedule.
(b)(i) It is the responsibility of the nonresident enrolling district to establish a written agreement with the district of physical residence that facilitates all necessary coordination between the districts and with the student and, where appropriate, the student's parent(s) to fulfill this requirement. Such coordination may include arranging for appropriate assessment materials, notifying the student of assessment administration schedules, arranging for the forwarding of completed assessment materials to the enrolling district for submission for scoring and reporting, arranging for any allowable testing accommodations, and other steps as may be necessary.
(ii) The written agreement may include rates and terms for payment of reasonable fees by the enrolling district to the district of physical residence to cover costs associated with planning for and administering the assessments to students not enrolled in the district of physical residence.
(iii) Assessment results for students assessed according to these provisions must be included in the enrolling district's accountability measurements, and not in the district of physical residence's accountability measurements.
(4)(a) School districts and charter schools offering alternative learning experience courses or course work to students enrolled in full-day kindergarten under RCW 28A.150.315 must administer WaKIDS to identify the skills, knowledge, and characteristics of kindergarten students at the beginning of the school year in order to support social-emotional, physical, and cognitive growth and development of individual children; support early learning provider and parent involvement; and inform instruction.
(b) To maintain fidelity to the state WaKIDS assessment protocol, the WaKIDS assessment requires multiple weekly, in-person, and on-site observations of students by certificated teachers each week during the eight-week assessment window.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.232 RCW and RCW 28A.232.030. WSR 20-15-062, § 392-550-050, filed 7/10/20, effective 8/10/20.]



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Enrollment reporting procedures.

The school district or charter school claiming apportionment for alternative learning experience courses is subject to the enrollment reporting procedures in WAC 392-121-182.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.232 RCW and RCW 28A.232.030. WSR 20-15-062, § 392-550-055, filed 7/10/20, effective 8/10/20.]



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Reporting requirements.

(1) Each school district or charter school offering alternative learning experience courses or course work must report monthly to the superintendent of public instruction accurate monthly headcount and full-time equivalent enrollment for students enrolled in alternative learning experiences. Each school district offering alternative learning experience courses or course work must further report monthly to the superintendent information about the resident and serving districts of such students.
(2) Each school district or charter school offering alternative learning experience courses or course work must submit an annual report to the superintendent of public instruction detailing the costs and purposes of any expenditure made pursuant to WAC 392-550-030(9), along with the substantially similar experiences or services made available to students enrolled in the district's or charter school's regular instructional program.
(3) Each school district or charter school offering alternative learning experience courses or course work must annually report the following to the superintendent of public instruction:
(a) The number of certificated instructional staff full-time equivalent assigned to each alternative learning experience program;
(b) Separately identify alternative learning experience enrollment of students where instruction is provided entirely under contract pursuant to RCW 28A.150.305 and WAC 392-121-188;
(c) The number of students enrolled in full-day kindergarten at any time during the school year; and
(d) The number of students enrolled in full-day kindergarten who participated in the WaKIDS assessment prior to the assessment deadline.
(4) Each school district or charter school offering alternative learning experience courses must report all required information to the office of superintendent of public instruction's Comprehensive Education Data and Research System under RCW 28A.300.500. School districts and charter schools must designate alternative learning experience courses as such when reporting course information to the Comprehensive Education Data and Research System.
(5) Each school district or charter school offering alternative learning experience courses or course work must report annually to the school district board of directors or charter school board. This annual report shall include at least the following:
(a) Documentation of alternative learning experience student headcount and full-time equivalent enrollment claimed for basic education funding;
(b) Identification of the overall ratio of certificated instructional staff to full-time equivalent students enrolled in each alternative learning experience program; and
(c) A description of how the program supports the district's or charter school's overall goals and objectives for student academic achievement.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.232 RCW and RCW 28A.232.030. WSR 20-15-062, § 392-550-060, filed 7/10/20, effective 8/10/20.]



PDF392-550-065

Documentation and record retention requirements.

School districts and charter schools claiming state funding for alternative learning experiences must:
(1) Retain all documentation required in this chapter in accordance with established records retention schedules;
(2) Make such documentation available upon request for purposes of state monitoring and audit;
(3) Maintain the following written documentation:
(a) School board policy for alternative learning experiences pursuant to this chapter;
(b) Annual reports to the school district board of directors or charter school board as required by WAC 392-550-045;
(c) Monthly and annual reports to the superintendent of public instruction as required by WAC 392-550-050;
(d) The written student learning plans required by WAC 392-550-025; and
(e) Evidence of weekly contact required by WAC 392-550-025.
(i) For students participating in regularly scheduled classes, including in-person instructional contact and synchronous digital instructional contact, evidence may include classroom attendance records.
(ii) For students who are not participating in regularly scheduled classes, evidence of contact must include the date of the contact, the method of communication by which the contact was accomplished, and documentation to support the subject of the communication.
(f) Student progress evaluations and intervention plans required by WAC 392-550-025;
(g) The results of any assessments required by WAC 392-550-050; and
(h) Student enrollment detail substantiating full-time equivalent enrollment reported to the state.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.232 RCW and RCW 28A.232.030. WSR 20-15-062, § 392-550-065, filed 7/10/20, effective 8/10/20.]