Social Studies K–12 Learning Standards
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Social Studies K–12 Learning Standards

The K-12 Social Studies Learning Standards consist of Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) and Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) that describe what students should know and be able to do in civics, economics, geography, history, and social studies skills.

Washington State K-12 Social Studies Learning Standards Version 1.2 provides updates to Version 1, published in 2008. The updates were made as a result of the changes in 2009 of graduation credit requirements for social studies for the class of 2016 (RCW.28A.230.090).  The Standards can be found below and the accompanying Errata Document summarizes the adjustments made in 11th and 12th Grades.

View OSPI's Recommended Scope and Sequence for Social Studies grades K-12 (PDF)

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K-12 Social Studies Grade Level Expectations (GLEs)

Suggested Unit Outlines by Grade
Kindergarten | 1st Grade | 2nd Grade | 3rd Grade | 4th Grade | 5th Grade | 6th Grade | 7th Grade | 8th Grade | 9th and 10th Grades | 11th Grade | 12th Grade


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Online Grade Level Standards and Resources

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 Social Studies from the homepage menu.

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