Social Studies is an office within OSPI that provides guidance for the development and implementation of Washington social studies learning standards and assessments.
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.
This initiative uses the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework and six proven instructional practices for ensuring that every student is provided a high-caliber civic education from kindergarten through high school graduation.
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 skills for effective participation in public life.
The Washington State Social Studies Cadre of Educators is a group of 30-36 teachers with experience and expertise in social studies. They serve as a teaching and advisory team for the state.
This page, curated by OSPI, contains resources created by and for educators - including instructional materials, review rubrics, and other useful links.
Washington History Day is a state-level affiliate of National History Day, a nationwide social studies program for grades 6-12. OSPI administers this program in Washington State, in partnership with the Washington State Historical Society.