Washington State K-12 Learning Standards
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Washington State K–12 Learning Standards

Basic education in Washington state is defined by the Legislature (RCW 28A.150.210). As required by state law, OSPI develops the state's learning standards (RCW 28A.655.070) and oversees the assessment of the learning standards for state and federal accountability purposes. Learning standards define what all students need to know and be able to do at each grade level.

Four learning goals provide the foundation for the development of all academic learning standards in Washington state:

  • Read with comprehension, write effectively, and communicate successfully in a variety of ways and settings and with a variety of audiences;
  • Know and apply the core concepts and principles of mathematics; social, physical, and life sciences; civics and history, including different cultures and participation in representative government; geography; arts; and health and fitness;
  • Think analytically, logically, and creatively, and to integrate technology literacy and fluency as well as different experiences and knowledge to form reasoned judgments and solve problems; and
  • Understand the importance of work and finance and how performance, effort, and decisions directly affect future career and educational opportunities.

Our learning standards are developed through collaborative, public processes informed by educators, administrators, community members, parents, and stakeholder groups across the state and nationwide.

Learning Standards and Guidelines

Content Area

OSPI Adoption

The Arts


Computer Science


English Language Arts


English Language Proficiency


Early Learning (birth through 3rd grade)






Social Studies


Educational Technology


Health and Physical Education


Integrated Environment and Sustainability


World Languages


Financial Education


Career and Technical Education


Frequently Asked Questions have been developed to help inform local decision-making.

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   Updated 10/18/2018

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