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.

Our learning standards are developed through collaborative, public processes led by curriculum associations across the state and nationwide. Our learning standards incorporate the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics.

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

Print Orders are available through MyPrint.wa.gov

Learning Standards and Guidelines

Content Area

OSPI Adoption

The Arts

Spring 2011

Computer Science

Fall 2016

English Language Arts

Summer 2011

English Language Proficiency

Winter 2013

Early Learning (birth through 3rd grade)



Summer 2011


October 2013

Social Studies

Spring 2008

Educational Technology

Fall 2008

Health and Physical Education

Spring 2016

Integrated Environment and Sustainability

Fall 2009

World Languages

Summer 2010

Financial Education

Fall 2016

Career and Technical Education


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.

Resources that Support Career- and College-Ready Learning Standards

For Parents

Your Child's Progress

OSPI produces Your Child's Progress, a one-page handout for families that broadly covers the learning standards expected for each grade level. The handout is translated into several languages.

Your Child's Progress

   Updated 11/14/2017

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