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Washington Learning Standards

Overview of Washington State Standards

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.

Top 3 things you should know about the standards:

  1. Consistent learning expectations for all students
  2. Clear standards that focus on understanding over memorization
  3. Building the critical skills students need in the job market

Visit the Common Core website for further information.