is an office within OSPI that supports strong teaching and learning through the development and implementation of social studies learning standards and OSPI-developed assessments.
The Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) and Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) describe what students should know and be able to do in civics, economics, geography, history, and in the social studies skills of reasoning, research, deliberation, and evaluation.
OSPI-developed assessments help schools and districts determine whether students have met the social studies learning standards.
The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) delineate the requirements for social studies education in Washington state.
Resources include links to national and state social studies organizations, to curriculum, and to proven pedagogical practices.