State Board of Education approves plan to develop English, math academic standards

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 12, 2015) — The State Board of Education today unanimously approved a process for the development of academic subject matter standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The proposal was submitted by the Oklahoma Academic Standards Setting Steering Committee.

The board of education had established the 10-member steering committee last year to research and recommend a plan for development of English and math standards. Under House Bill 3399, which had repealed Common Core standards, the Oklahoma State Department of Education — in collaboration with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, State Board of Career and Technology Education and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce — is tasked with developing English and Math standards for implementation by the 2016-17 school year.  

“Time is of the essence with an undertaking this sizable and important, but the process is now in place for the creation of excellent academic standards,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister. “I am pleased that we are now under way, and I am grateful to the steering committee members for their dedication and hard work.”

The plan establishes writing teams for English and math, with teams divided by subject matter and grades bands (pre-K-first grade, second- to fourth-grade, etc.). Public feedback will be sought and collected through regional town-hall meetings and online comments.

The standards-setting steering committee next meets on March 25. More information on the standards process is available at


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Last updated on March 12, 2015