Grade level learning standards?

Posted by Jen Garrison Stuber

Email of the Day:
Is there some way I can get grade level learning standards or curriculum guides to help guide my instruction at home to make sure we align with state standards? I have emailed the state superintendent’s office and have heard nothing back. We are just starting on our homeschool journey.

Answer:
Yes, but I should note, as a homeschooler, you are not required to follow public schools curriculum or standards. Within the context of the 11 subjects ( reading, writing, spelling, language, math, science, social studies, history, health, occupational education, and art and music appreciation), the law specifies that, “all decisions relating to philosophy or doctrine, selection of books, teaching materials and curriculum, and methods, timing and place in the provision or evaluation of home-based instruction shall be the responsibility of the parent.”

If you’d like to know the state public school standards, they are posted on the website of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Google “OSPI ___ grade standards” for the overwhelmingly large list.

Please consider joining us next week for the (statewide!) Intro to Homeschooling: http://washhomeschool.org/…/intro-to-homeschooling-seminars/

Warmly,
~Jen Garrison Stuber, WHO Board Advocacy Chair