Environmental Education Report

Empirical Evidence, Exemplary Models, and Recommendations on the Impact of Environmental Education on K-12 Students

In 2006, the Washington State Legislature passed Engrossed House Bill 2910, directing the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to provide a report with "empirical evidence, exemplary models, and recommendations" on the impacts of environmental education on K-12 students. This information can be particularly important and useful to university professors who prepare K-12 teachers.

The link below summarizes the academic research that measures the impacts in one or more of the five outcome areas:

  1. Academic achievement
  2. Career development
  3. Graduation requirements
  4. Self-esteem, engagement, and motivation
  5. Civic responsibility and service-learning

The Executive Summary introduction states: The outcomes from this study will contribute to Washington State's ongoing efforts to strengthen its educational programs and ensure that environmental education is incorporated into those efforts in the most effective way possible.