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Important Terms

Important Terms 

Alternative Learning Experience (ALE): For legal requirements contained in WAC 392-121-182.

Annual Assessment: A test that measures a student’s academic progress each year per WAC 392-121-182. At MEPP-East, full-time students take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) in grades 3-8. In addition 5th and 8th grade students take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science. 
At the High School level, students will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) in English and Math. In the Spring of 2018 11th grade students will also take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science.
There are also alternatives to the above requirements. See the below link for more information.

Limited Defined Employees (LDIs): These Mead School District employees are individuals or businesses in a community that provide instructional services to students according to the students’ WSLP goals in fine and performing arts, physical education, tutoring, career and technical education.

Essential Academic Learning Requirement (EALR): Learning standards developed from the Basic Education Act of 1993 that define what all students should know and be able to do at each grade level.

Full Time Equivalent (FTE): An enrollment term that provides the basis for basic education funding.

Highly Qualified Teacher: A certificated teacher who is a specialist in a specific content area or areas. This teacher is responsible for the development of learning plans for the individual courses for the student and is available for assistance in that course of study.
Instructional Materials: Curricular materials used to facilitate instruction of a student.
Monthly Review: Summary of student learning progress in each subject area within the Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP), recorded in WINGS each month. Our teachers will consider information provided by the parent or guardian and through weekly student contact and make a professional determination as to whether or not the student is making satisfactory progress toward accomplishment of the learning goals and performance objectives set forth in the WSLP.
Non-Returnable Instructional Materials: Items not reusable by more than one student, such as workbooks, lab materials, etc. These items are considered “used up” during the course and need not be returned.
Returnable Instructional Materials: Those materials that retain their value and can be used again by subsequent students such as textbooks and literature books. These items must ultimately be returned.
State Assessments: The state assessments include three annual exams: Measures of Student Progress (MSP) Grades 3-8, High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) and End of Course Math and or Science exams (EOC).
Weekly Contact: Required, direct personal interaction between a student and his or her teacher on a weekly basis for the purpose of instruction, review of assignments, testing, evaluation of student progress or other learning activities. Please note that contact between a parent/guardian and a teacher cannot be counted in place of direct student/teacher interaction and communication.
Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP): A written plan developed to guide student learning goals and performance objectives for the school year. The WSLP is written for the student by a certified teacher with input from the student, parent or guardian. The WSLP is a requirement for all enrolled students.
WINGS: An internet-based student data management program used by parents or guardians and Five Mile staff for the majority of student learning progress documentation.
MEPP East: Mead Educational Partnership Program, East Campus, was the working name for the new program developed in the fall of 2013, which was later named "North Star".  The MEPP West campus is located at the historic Five Mile Prairie School. The MEPP East, now North Star campus is located 10220 N. Nevada Street. Both Partnership programs operate under the Washington State Law governing Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) programs. By following the guidelines and program requirements explained in this handbook, parents and guardians will gradually become familiar with ALE requirements (WAC 392-121-182), which shape many facets of these programs. For a more comprehensive understanding, please read and refer to the ALE law. The full text of WAC 392-121-182 can be found by searching the Washington State Legislature’s webpage at