Social Studies Learning Standards
The Social Studies K-12 Learning Standards, adopted September 17, 2019, consist of Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) and Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) that describe what students should know and be able to do in social studies skills, civics, economics, geography, and history.
Students who are equipped with skills of authentic inquiry and who know geography, civics, economics, and history can move forward with the confidence that they are prepared to engage with the world. The goal of the Learning Standards is to help teachers and local districts design the scope and sequence of their social studies programs.
- K-12 Social Studies Learning Standards (Revised 2019)
- Social Studies Learning Standards - Editable Version
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Learning Standards by Grade Band
Scope & Sequence
The revised Scope and Sequence includes references to the OSPI-Developed Assessments, or CBAs, for Social Studies. While we are working on updated versions, please be aware that they are still aligned with the previous standards document.
View OSPI's Recommended Scope and Sequence for Social Studies grades K–12
Social Studies Materials
Online Grade Level Standards & Resources
We are in the process of updating our searchable database of Washington State Social Studies Standards. Thank you for your patience.