Learning Standards & Instructional Materials

Learning Standards Review

As required by state law (RCW 28A.655.070), OSPI develops the state’s learning standards and periodically revises them based on the student learning goals in RCW 28A.150.210.

Learn more about the Washington State Learning Standards Review project!

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:

  1. Read with comprehension, write effectively, and communicate successfully in a variety of ways and settings and with a variety of audiences;
  2. 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;
  3. Think analytically, logically and creatively, to integrate technology literacy and fluency as well as different experiences and knowledge to form reasoned judgments and solve problems; and
  4. Understand the importance of work and finance and how performance, effort, and decisions directly affect future career and educational opportunities.

Learning Standards & Year of Adoption

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

Standards Implementation

Books, articles, and other resources with a national or international audience often use the words “curriculum” and “standards” together and interchangeably. In Washington state, we try to use the terms separately. Learning the difference between Standards vs. Curriculum is key to understanding how they are created and how they both work to support student learning.

  • Achieve: This website helps states, districts, and others understand the organization and content of the standards. Resources include instructional support and alignment resources, as well as implementation planning tools.
  • Achieve the Core: This website is dedicated to helping students and teachers see that their work will lead to greater achievement. Resources include lessons, student writing samples, tools for planning, and professional development modules.