Public Alternative Education Programs aka "Homeschool" Alternative Education Programs
The regulating laws.
Home Education: RCW 28A.200, the Home-Based Instruction Law AEP: WAC 392-121-182, Public School Alternative Learning Experience
Who controls your child's education: Home Education: The parents are in control of their child's education. Parents can choose and control all curriculum content, or have no curriculum at all, parents may also used religious material.
AEP: Public school staff and the government are in control of the AEP (Alternative Education Program). Districts provide curriculum, and choose content, some may allow parental suggestions, but ultimately the district makes the decisions. All religious material is against the law and can not be used in anyway with an AEP.
Home Education: There are two options - standardized achievement test, or an assessment done by a certified person. All results are for the parents use only and are for your own use and records. AEP: Students take the WASL (Washington Assessment of Student Learning). Passing the 10th grade WASL is a graduation requirement for 2008 high school graduation, making it virtually impossible to opt out.
What are the requirements for student progress: Home Education: The child has to make progress from the last year.AEP: The students performance is evaluated. If the child isn't progressing to desired levels, the AEP has to be revised.
Home Education: Must file a declaration of intent to notify the school district you are responsible for your child's education. Must follow all other requirements laid out in RCW 28A.200.AEP: Students loose their home educating status and must follow all other laws and regulation laid out for public schools under WAC 392-121-182. These programs are targeting home educators almost exclusively. Since AEP's operate under the at risk child education WAC's each student that joins an AEP becomes labeled at risk.