Curriculum & Program Frameworks
Washington State provides updated documents on all learning standards. The Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs)
for all content areas were initially developed beginning with the Basic Education Act of 1993. These standards (Grade Level Expectations) define what all students should know and be able to do at each grade level.
Grade Level Overviews
- A one-page handout that broadly covers learning expectations in grades K-10. It also covers basic information on state testing for grades 3-10. It is translated into nine languages.
Common Core State Standards (CCSS):
The Common Core State Standards describe the knowledge and skills in English Language Arts and Mathematics that students will need when they graduate, whatever their choice of college or career. These sets of standards define the knowledge and skills students should have to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing, academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards are based on the best national and international standards, giving our students a competitive advantage in the global economy. This state-led effort is coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
To further aid states as they continue to implement the Common Core State Standards (Standards), the Hunt Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers have commissioned a series of video vignettes that explain the Standards in far greater depth. These videos are available at: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheHuntInstitute#g/u
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium:
Smarter Balanced is a state-led consortium developing assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics that are designed to help prepare all students to graduate high school college- and career-ready.
Parents Guide to Student Success: These guides include key items that children should be learning in English language and mathematics and provide activities that parents can do at home to support their child's learning.
Common Core Educator Resources:
1. This site is here to provide free, high-quality resources to educators now doing the hard work of implementing these higher standards: http://www.achievethecore.org/
2. Progressions Documents for the Common Core Math Standards:
Next Generation Science Standards
- The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) create K–12 science standards through
a collaborative state-led process.
- The NGSS are arranged in a coherent manner across grades and provide all students
access to a challenging science education, and are based on the Framework for K–12 Science
Education, developed by the National Research Council, the staffing arm of the National
Academy of Sciences.
- Every NGSS standard has three prongs: content, scientific and engineering practices and
cross-cutting concepts. The integration of rigorous content and application reflects how
science is practiced in the real world.