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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 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).

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.

Additional Information

Webinar on Using OSPI-Developed Assessments

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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