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Oklahoma Academic Standards Committee Receives Update from Writing Teams, First Draft Due June 1


OKLAHOMA CITY (May 20, 2015) - The Oklahoma Academic Standards Setting Steering Committee is moving forward with the development of new state academic standards in preK-12 for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. The Committee met Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) to hear updates from the writing teams for ELA and mathematics.

The ELA writing team held a first draft writing session May 14-15. Dr. Jennifer Watson, co-chair of the ELA writing team, said the meetings were extremely useful. “We wanted to make sure we broadened the purpose of the [standards] document to represent 21st century skills,” she told the steering committee. The team presented the committee with eight preliminary overarching standards, including:

  • Speaking and Listening
  • Reading Process/Writing Process
  • Vocabulary
  • Critical Reading/Critical Writing
  • Language
  • Research
  • Multiple Literacies
  • Independent Reading/Independent Writing    

The Mathematics writing team met May 1-2 for an in-depth writing session. Dr. Stacy Reeder, co-chair of the math-standards writing team, presented the steering committee with seven process skills established by the writing team. Those seven skills include developing:

  • Deep and flexible understanding
  • Accurate and appropriate procedural fluency
  • Strategies for solving diverse problems
  • Mathematical reasoning
  • Productive mathematical disposition
  • Ability to make conjectures and generalize
  • Ability to communicate mathematically

“I feel very confident with them and how they are taking shape,” Reeder said.

The ELA and Mathematics writing teams will finish and present a first draft by June 1. A second draft review will be presented at the EngageOK Summer Conference July 7-9. Final drafts from each team will be presented to the steering committee by Oct. 1.

"I am extremely pleased with the work both writing teams have accomplished in such a short amount of time." said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister. "I know we are on the right track to forming standards that will truly make a positive difference."  

Under House Bill 3399, which had repealed common core academic standards, the OSDE — in collaboration with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, State Board of Career and Technology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.

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Last updated on May 20, 2015