is an office within OSPI that provides guidance for the development and implementation of Washington learning standards and social studies assessments.
K-12 Social Studies Learning Standards—the Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs)--describe what students should know and be able to do in civics, economics, geography, history, and social studies skills at each grade level: Grade Level Expectations (GLEs).
Social studies classroom-based assessments are designed to help districts, schools, teachers, parents, and students determine the level of proficiency students achieve in their understanding and application of the social studies learning standards.
A 0.5 credit in civics is required for students in the graduating class of 2016 and beyond. This initiative will support educators in providing strong civic education and assessment.
Use to assess social studies lessons and units:
- Overall quality
- Alignment to Washington State K-12 Social Studies Learning Standards
- Alignment to Washington State ELA and Literacy in History/Social Studies Standards
- Integration of curriculum with the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework
Available in three formats: