We ensure research-based instructional practices are implemented in every classroom utilizing access to professional growth and collaboration opportunities to reflect on and improve our practices.

There are four learning goals set by the state of Washington. These four goals connect all of the subject area standards across all grade levels. The goals are:

  • 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.


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.

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

Learning Standards and Guidelines
Content AreaOSPI Adoption
The ArtsSpring 2011
Computer ScienceFall 2016
English Language ArtsSummer 2011
English Language ProficiencyWinter 2013
Early Learning (birth through 3rd grade)
MathematicsSummer 2011
ScienceOctober 2013
Social StudiesSpring 2008
Educational TechnologyFall 2008
Health and Physical EducationSpring 2016
Integrated Environment and SustainabilityFall 2009
World LanguagesSummer 2010
Financial EducationFall 2016

The Council of Great City Schools developed roadmaps to help parents learn about the expectations for literacy and math from kindergarten through high school.


Literacy Roadmaps – All Grade Levels


Math Roadmaps – All Grade Levels