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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.

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Washington State Science and Learning Standards

Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards

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The 2009 K-12 Science Content Learning Standards have been phased out. They can be found on our Resources web page. The last assessment on these standards will be in spring 2017.

Supporting Resources

Free 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.

Life Science Supports Moodle

Archived Webinars

Science & STEM Education in Washington State: Background & Current Landscape (PDF)
This report covers the current state of science education in Washington, state and federal science education policies and requirements, current capacity-building programs and appropriations for science and STEM, and data gaps and issues for further consideration.

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.

Science Instructional Materials and Supporting Resources

OSPI Learning and Teaching Science no longer holds instructional materials showcases. The following resources can guide learning materials and resource reviews.

NGSS PEEC - Alignment

NGSS EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units

Washington State LASER

Education Service District Science Coordinators
The 2016-2017 ESD Science Coordinators provide science professional development.

Washington State Science and Learning Standards

   Updated 8/13/2018

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