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Science K–12 Learning Standards

The Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards (WSSLS) are the Next Generation Science Standards. These standards describe what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. New assessments are being developed based on these standards and will be administered in spring 2018.

View the WSSLS/NGSS Standards at Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards.

Supporting Resources

Student Science Learning During COVID-19

See Resources for Continuous Learning During School Closures.

WSSLS Professional Learning for Administrators

This video-based professional learning from OSPI and AWSP supports elementary principals in developing an understanding of why elementary science is important and how to lead NGSS in their buildings. It makes the case for elementary science, leads principals and their leadership teams through a series of learning tools, allows for completion of a self-assessment to determine where the building is in regard to science instruction, and guides action planning. The video and all the associated resources can be found on the AWSP website.

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.