Social Studies
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If you have further questions
about Social Studies education, contact:

Carol Coe, Social Studies
Program Supervisor
(360) 725-6351


Social Studies

Social Studies is an office within OSPI that supports strong teaching and learning through the development and implementation of social studies learning standards and OSPI-developed assessments.

Learning Standards
The Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) and Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) describe what students should know and be able to do in civics, economics, geography, history, and in the social studies skills of reasoning, research, deliberation, and evaluation.

OSPI-developed assessments help schools and districts determine whether students have met the social studies learning standards.

Laws and Regulations
The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) delineate the requirements for social studies education in Washington state.

Links to national and state social studies organizations, to curriculum, and to proven pedagogical practices.

Civic Education Initiative: Requirements and Resources
A 0.5 credit in civics is required for students in the graduating class of 2016 and beyond. This initiative will support educators in providing strong civic education and assessment.

Social Studies Cadre
The Cadre is a highly qualified team of Washington educators who are available to provide support on best practices in Social Studies instruction, scoring and implementation of the OSPI Developed Social Studies Assessments (CBAs), and learning standards.

Sign Up for Social Studies Teachers Connect
Connect with fellow social studies teachers through our new GIS web-mapping application.

Sign Up for Social Studies Updates
Monthly newsletter from OSPI Social Studies

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