The Arts in Washington state include dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. Quality instruction in the Arts is provided by specialists and classroom teachers and supported by partnerships with professional organizations and community programs in the Arts.
The Computer Science team at OSPI consists of staff across the subjects of ELA, math, science, educational technology, and career and technical education. Working closely with statewide computer science and STEM stakeholders, this team provides guidance for the development and implementation of Washington's computer science learning standards and computer science education grants.
Environmental education is a mandatory area of study in Washington, required by 392-410-115: Instruction about conservation, natural resources, and the environment shall be provided at all grade levels in an interdisciplinary manner through science, the social studies, the humanities, and other appropriate areas.
The English Language Arts (ELA) offices at OSPI provide technical assistance for the learning standards and oversees the testing of the standards required by Washington's legislature.
Technology integration is the use of technology resources – computers and mobile devices, digital cameras, applications, and networked resources – to support teaching and learning across all subject areas and grade levels. Integrated into the classroom, technology becomes a multi-modal way to extend learning.
Title III of the Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to assess the English language proficiency of students receiving English language development services at school. Washington State uses the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) to assess these students.
The Financial Education Public-Private Partnership (FEPPP) is a partnership created by the legislature that brings together public and private stakeholders to improve and advocate for financial education in Washington schools and communities by providing teacher trainings and quality resources.
Health and Physical Education teaches our students that good health and safety principles can lead to a lifetime of healthy practices, resulting in more productive, active, and successful lives.
Washington state law requires annual HIV/AIDS prevention education beginning in grade 5. OSPI provides technical assistance and support to schools by promoting best practices in HIV/AIDS prevention and sexual health education.
Today’s mathematics requires more than memorization of facts and formulas. It calls for students to be able to understand mathematical reasoning, to use multiple methods while developing number sense, and to develop a variety of problem-solving strategies. All of this occurs within a growth mindset that builds on the belief that all students are able to achieve in mathematics, and to find joy in its application.
OSPI provides guidance for the development and implementation of Washington learning standards and oversees assessments required by federal and state laws and regulations.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is broadly understood as a process through which individuals build awareness and skills in managing emotions, setting goals, establishing relationships, and making responsible decisions that support success in school and in life.
OSPI provides guidance for the development and implementation of Washington social studies learning standards and assessments.
Schools are required to include tribal sovereignty curriculum in their lessons. The curriculum endorsed by all 29 federally recognized tribes is called Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State.
Learning to communicate in languages of the world helps students in Washington become global citizens, ready for life in the interconnected world of the 21st century.