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Social Studies Learning Standards

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The Social Studies K-12 Learning Standards, adopted September 17, 2019, consist of Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) and Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) that describe what students should know and be able to do in social studies skills, civics, economics, geography, and history.

Students who are equipped with skills of authentic inquiry and who know geography, civics, economics, and history can move forward with the confidence that they are prepared to engage with the world. The goal of the Learning Standards is to help teachers and local districts design the scope and sequence of their social studies programs.

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Learning Standards by Grade Band

Scope & Sequence

The revised Scope and Sequence includes references to the OSPI-Developed Assessments, or CBAs, for Social Studies. While we are working on updated versions, please be aware that they are still aligned with the previous standards document.

View OSPI's Recommended Scope and Sequence for Social Studies grades K–12

Social Studies Materials

Online Grade Level Standards & Resources

We are in the process of updating our searchable database of Washington State Social Studies Standards. Thank you for your patience.