Performance Audit : Work in Progress

Performance Audit : Work in Progress : Alternative Learning Experience Longitudinal Study

The State Auditor's Office is conducting a long-term study (pdf, 72kb) of educational outcomes for students enrolled in Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) programs.

To prepare for this study, we performed some limited preliminary reviews of student data and found that ALE students differ from traditional students in a number of characteristics including race and ethnic makeup, disability status, participation in specific programs and services, instances of homelessness, and home schooling with part-time attendance. Any comparison of ALE and traditional student academic outcomes will need to control for these differences. Our future analyses will match ALE students with comparable students receiving traditional education.

First full report now published

We have now published the first full report in our long-term study of ALE. We visited 10 higher performing ALE programs and met with administrators, staff and students to gather their first-hand views of the programs' successes and challenges. However, data limitations meant we were unable to compare their outcomes from the 2013-14 school year to those of students receiving only traditional instruction. Read the first full report (pdf, 2.3 mb). Read the two-page summary (pdf, 87 kb)

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Audit schedule

  • The second report, planned for late 2016, will follow matched student cohorts through the 2014-15 school year.
  • The third and final report, planned for late 2018, will follow these students through the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years.

Learn more about the financial audits of ALE programs performed by the State Auditor's Office Schools Team.

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