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OSPI Developed Assessments for Social Studies (formerly CBAs)

Please note: The following CBAs are currently being aligned with ELA CCSS by OSPI Social Studies Cadre members. For more information contact Trish Henry, CBA Cadre member. 

  • Elementary:You Decide, Whose Rules, You Decide (with science emphasis)
  • Middle School: Constitutional Issues
  • High School: In progress

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3rd Grade  4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
Middle School
High School


Pathfinders are lists of resources for a specific topic. Each of these pathfinders includes directions, primary sources, and teacher created resources.  Note: The selected assessment is required in the Mead School District. However, the topic is a suggestion. If you need additional resources or help, please email your request to Trish Henry


Teachers: If you have created any worksheets, essential questions or other materials that you are willing to share, please send a copy to It will be added to the appropriate pathfinder below.

Elementary Pathfinders

3rd Dig Deep (OSPI Student Directions & Rubric)

Optional 3/4 Combo Cultural Contributions (OSPI Student Directions & Rubric)

4th Humans and the Environment (OSPI Student Directions & Rubric)

5th Whose Rules (OSPI Student Directions & Rubric)

6th Enduring Cultures (OSPI Student Directions & Rubric)

Optional 5/6 Combo Causes of Conflict

Please note there are slight differences between the 5th and 6th grade instructions.

Secondary Pathfinders

Middle School Pathfinders

High School Pathfinders from the Washington Library Media Association

  • (10th) Causes of Conflict: World History
  • (11th) Technology Through the Ages: U.S. History
  • (12th) Checks and Balances: Citizenship

Additional Resources

Below are links several excellent resources. Check your library for additional subscriptions. Don't forget to check the public library for additional databases.


Our libraries subscribe to a number of Subscription Databases. Check your library website for database links.

Additional resources are available on the Washington Library Media Association (WLMA) 

Primary Sources 
Misc. Resources

Teacher Created Handouts

Analysis Worksheets (NARA)
  Misc. Templates
Artifact Analysis Excel Timeline
Cartoon Analysis Note Card Blackline Master
Cornell Notes (Print)
Photo Analysis Cornell Notes (Web)
Poster Analysis  
Website Evaluation  
Written Analysis










OSPI Social Studies Representative: Carol Coe 360-725-6351 or

Social Studies Cadre of Trainers:

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