Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science

The Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science is now available.

Overview Video



Development and Review of the Standards

Writing and draft teams of 59 representatives from K-12, higher education, scientists, engineers, parent and community members from throughout the state developed and provided feedback on the standards, meeting multiple times. More than 500 educators throughout the state were involved in reviewing the standards.



Tiffany Neill
Director of Science Education PreK-12

Welcome to the starting place for information related to the science education of Oklahoma students.


Page Topics

Science Standards Resources | Professional Development | FAQs | Programs


Online Practice Test Grade 8 and Grade 10
Science Education Update 2016-2017

NEW PD session materials for Developing and Evaluating Classroom Assessment Tasks - Session A and Session B

2016-2017 Science Test & Item Specification Documents Now Available

Oklahoma Science Curricular Framework Resources Now Available


Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science

The new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science (OAS-Science) were adopted unanimously by the Oklahoma State Board of Education in March of 2014 and signed into rule in June of 2014. The science assessments for 2016-2017 are aligned to the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science and will be given at 5th, 8th and 10th grade. The 10th grade science assessment is aligned to the Biology 1 standards.

Starting 2016-2017

Grade levels K-12:

Schools and educators should use the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science (download) as the framework for grades K-12 to develop an align science curriculum. The Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science were approved in 2014.

All state level science assessments will be aligned to the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science in 2016-2017.



Schools and educators should use the Pre-K Science Standards (download) as the framework to develop and align science curriculum.


Science Assessments 2016-2017

Oklahoma students will tested on the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science (download)

Oklahoma Science Implementaiton Page

Find resources such as the Oklahoma Science Frameworks, Science PD on Your Plan Modules and additional resources aligned to the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science.

National Science Teachers Association

The National Science Teachers Association is an organization that supports science education across the nation. With NSTA, you’ll find leading resources for excellence in teaching and learning and experience growth through robust professional development.

Oklahoma Science Teachers Association


The Oklahoma Science Teachers Association is the statewide professional association specifically addressing the interests and concerns of science teachers. In addition to receiving regular newsletters (now exclusively through this OSTA blog), OSTA members are entitled to participate in OSTA’s annual fall conference as both presenters and attendees.

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Professional Development

OKSci Virtual PD

Virtual Professional Development includes a monthly meeting for science educators across the state as well as opportunities to participate in specialized PD around areas of interest.

  • Find out more by signing up for the science listserv (link)

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Oklahoma Academic Standards?

See the Oklahoma Academic Standards webpage for clarification.

When are science textbooks and supplemental resources up for adoption?

See Textbook Adoption Webpage:

What textbooks and supplemental resources do you recommend?

Because we are a public agency, we cannot endorse any private vendor. We would be more than happy to assist you in determining which vendors meet your particular needs.


Link to view state approved titles at the Oklahoma Textbook Committee website.

What science courses are required for graduation?

For information about what Science courses are required for graduation, click here.

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Math/Science Partnership

The Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) is a competitive grant program intended to encourage institutions of higher education, local school districts, elementary schools, and secondary schools to participate in professional development activities that increase the subject matter knowledge and teaching skills of mathematics and science teachers.

Robotics (FIRST link, Botball link)

Robotics programs engage children in real-world learning in STEM fields. In 2012-2013, the OSDE provided $100,000 in scholarships for student participation in such programs as FIRST and Botball.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

This awards program is open to practicing public, private and parochial school teachers with a minimum of five years teaching experience.

National Math and Science Initiative

NMSI’s mission is to improve student performance in the critical subjects of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). NMSI’s programs transform teaching, transform schools and are transforming education in the United States. 

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Last updated on February 24, 2017