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

Carol Coe, Social Studies
Program Supervisor


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.

Social Studies Cadre
The Washington State Social Studies Cadre of Educators is comprised of approximately 35 teachers with experience and expertise in social studies. They serve as a teaching and advisory team for the state.

Social Studies Teachers (SST) Connect
In collaboration with the Washington State Council for the Social Studies (WSCSS), OSPI is building a statewide Professional Learning Community (PLC) for social studies teachers. SST Connect is at the core of this PLC development.

Find people, organizations, programs, and processes to enhance your understanding of social studies curriculum and practice.

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

   Updated 7/3/2017

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