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

Carol Coe, Social Studies
Program Supervisor
carol.coe@k12.wa.us
360-725-6351

 

Social Studies

Social Studies is an office within OSPI that provides guidance for the development and implementation of Washington learning standards and social studies assessments.

Learning Standards
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 social studies skills at each grade level: Grade Level Expectations (GLEs).

Assessment
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.

Civic Education Initiative
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.

New Tool! Washington Quality Review Rubric for Social Studies
Use to assess social studies lessons and units:

  • Overall quality
  • Alignment to Washington State K-12 Social Studies Learning Standards
  • Alignment to Washington State ELA and Literacy in History/Social Studies Standards
  • Integration of curriculum with the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework

Available in three formats:

Additional Information

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

Share units of study and favorite lessons on the Washington State Council for the Social Studies (WSCSS) lesson plan web pages.

   Updated 6/6/2016

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