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Washington State Learning Standards

What Parents Need To Know About The Washington State Learning Standards


The goal of Washington’s K–12 public education system is to prepare every student for post-secondary pathways, careers, and civic engagement. In order for students to be ready for learning, their basic physical, social, and emotional needs must be met. Schools cannot do this work alone. OSPI supports students by developing learning standards; creating tools and resources for educators; and providing statewide support and leadership for programs; among others.


See https://www.k12.wa.us/student-success for subject area learning standards and resources.


See http://www.corestandards.org/what-parents-should-know/ for a description of why standards are developed.  There is also a video link that shares information on the Common Core Standards.


See https://www.k12.wa.us/your-students-progress fpr a grade level outline of standards taught and state testing required.


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 guardians, and stakeholder groups across the state and nation.