Science K–12 Learning Standards
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Science K–12 Learning Standards

The Washington State 2009 K-12 Science Learning Standards are being phased out as the State transitions to the newly adopted Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards (Next Generation Science Standards). The new standards describe what students should know and be able to do at each grade level.

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Online Grade Level Standards and Resources

Access the Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards

View, Print or Download the Standards

Science Grade Level Expectations

PDF K-12 Science Standards (Revised June 2010)
(132 pages, 1.66 MB)
PDF K-12 Science Standards (Revised June 2010)

PDFErrata, June 2010, for K-12 Science Standards (PDF)
Minor revisions to increase the clarity of the science standards document.


Online Access to the Learning Standards

Online Grade Level Standards and Resources

The Grade Level Standards & Resources Web site provides quick access to all content standards along with aligned resources to support curriculum development, instructional practices, and assessment of student learning. Choose "Science" from the homepage menu.

Supporting Resources

Life Science Supports Moodle

Archived Webinars
Webinars by OSPI include "Finding Science in the Common Core Language Arts Standards" and "Preparing for the Biology End-of-Course Exam."

Science & STEM Education in Washington State: Background & Current Landscape (PDF)
This report covers the current state of science education in Washington, state and federal science education policies and requirements, current capacity-building programs and appropriations for science and STEM, and data gaps and issues for further consideration.

NRC Conceptual Framework for Science Education Standards
In July 2011, the National Research Council (NRC) published "A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas." Scroll to the middle of the page to find a free PDF version.

Science Instructional Materials and Supporting Resources
These documents include the 2009 Core and Supplemental Instructional Review of K-8 and 9-12 instructional materials and their alignment to the newly revised 2009 science standards.

Education Service District Science Coordinators
The 2012-2013 ESD Science Coordinators provide science professional development.

Standards Professional Development for Science Teachers
Included are professional development presentation materials that can be used for implementation of the Washington State K-12 Science 2009 Learning Standards. These materials include Leader Guides, PowerPoint presentations, and other supporting documents for four modules.

Next Generation Science

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