• The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science & Technical Subjects, define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs.
    Download the CCSS for English Language Arts (this is a 66 page PDF document outlining the standards for grades K-12).
    Supplemental Appendices are available:
    For more information, visit OSPI's website.
    How will we transition to the Common Core State Standards?


    The following documents were created as collaborative efforts between OSPI and members of the Literacy Leadership Cadre (LLC), which represents all nine ESDs.

    • ELA Map of Skills and Concepts (PDF) shows what students should know and be able to do when they exit Washington’s K-12 system; it is the destination for their literacy learning. A departure from the current standards, the Common Core State Standards provide all students with an integrated approach to literacy, as opposed to discrete separations among the skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
    • Three-Year Transition Plan (PDF) is guidance for districts on how to begin implementation. It outlines what OSPI and statewide partners are committed to providing in terms of support for Washington’s schools as we transition to the Common Core State Standards. This framework shows the basic calendar for support availability, and is based on the understanding that the Washington K-10 Reading and Writing Standards (EALRs and GLEs) will be assessed through 2013-2014.

    Professional Development and Resources are being developed collaboratively between OSPI and the ESD's across the state.  These materials may be found to your left under the English Language Arts and Mathematics subheadings.