Standards Review and Revision Process


Oklahoma Academic Standards Review and Revision

Public Comment Available for Fine Arts and Computer Science Standards

The Oklahoma State Department of Education is seeking feedback on the revised Draft of the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Fine Arts and Computer Science, which are up for review and revision in 2022. The OSDE facilitates a revision of academic subject matter standards every six years in accordance with 70 O.S. § 11-103.6a.
Academic subject matter standards are concise, written descriptions of what students are expected to know and be able to do at a specific stage of their education. Academic standards describe educational objectives (i.e., what students should have learned by the end of a course, grade level, or grade span), but they do not describe a particular teaching practice, curriculum, or assessment method.

OSDE asks that all interested stakeholders provide feedback on the standards by following the process below:

Gather a team of stakeholders and set aside approximately one hour to complete a review for each grade you choose.

Download the Draft Standards for:
■    Fine Arts
■    Computer Science

Submit typed feedback (as specific or as broad you like) by December 2, 2022, to the corresponding email address.
■    For feedback on the Fine Arts standards submit feedback to, publiccommentfinearts@sde.ok.gov 
■    For feedback on the Computer Science standards submit feedback to, publiccommentcomputerscience@sde.ok.gov 

All feedback received during the public comment period will be reviewed by the OSDE and subject-area writing committee for consideration.

For additional information about the standards, go here or contact Tiffany.Neill@sde.ok.gov

The OSDE facilitates a revision of academic subject matter standards every six years in accordance with 70 O.S. § 11-103.6a.

"The subject matter standards shall be thoroughly reviewed by the State Board every six (6) years according to and in coordination with the existing subject area textbook adoption cycle. After review, the State Board shall adopt any revisions in such subject matter standards deemed necessary to achieve further improvements in the quality of education for the students of this state."
- 70 O.S. § 11-103.6a

Academic subject matter standards are concise, written descriptions of what students are expected to know and be able to do at a specific stage of their education. Academic standards describe educational objectives (i.e., what students should have learned by the end of a course, grade level or grade span), but they do not describe a particular teaching practice, curriculum or assessment method.

Oklahoma Academic Standards Do Oklahoma Academic Standards Do NOT
  • Do focus on deep thinking, conceptual understanding, and real‐world problem-solving skills
  • Do set expectations for students to be College, Career, and Citizenship Ready
  • Do incorporate literacy in Science, Social Studies, and Technical Subjects
  • Do emphasize the use of citations and examples from texts when creating opinions and arguments
  • Do increase rigor and grade‐level expectations
  • Do determine the full range of support for English Language Learners and Students with Special needs.
  • Do not dictate how teachers should teach
  • Do not mandate a specific curriculum
  • Do not limit advanced work beyond the standards
  • Do not require the purchase or development of entirely new instructional materials
  • Do not prescribe all that can or should be taught
  • Do not limit efforts to prepare students for college, career, and citizenship readiness
  • Do not prescribe interventions for students below grade‐level

Standards Review and Revision Committees

For each subject area, teams of PK-20 educators, community members, and other stakeholders are selected to serve on one of three standards review and revision committees:

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is established to work with the Oklahoma State Department of Education subject area Directors to inform and guide the process for review and revision of the Oklahoma Academic Standards. The team will develop goals and a process for the subject matter standards revision process and will help facilitate discussions during writing and draft review team meetings. The Executive Committee will also be involved in the final draft review of the standards. Executive Committee members are selected ensuring representation from a variety of characteristics, including geography, grade level, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and experience.

Writing Committee

The Writing Committee is tasked with reviewing and, if necessary, revising the subject matter Oklahoma Academic Standards. Members of the Writing Committee include representatives from Pre-K-12, higher education, informal math education, career technology, and community and are selected by the Executive Committee members and OSDE through an application process, ensuring representation from a variety of characteristics, including geography, grade level, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and experience.

Draft Review Committee

The Draft Review Committee is responsible for collaboratively reviewing and providing feedback on Writing Committee revisions, providing an additional lens for equity, clarity, and coherence. Members of the Draft Review Committee include representatives from Pre-K-12, higher education, informal math education, career technology, and community and are selected by the Executive Committee members and OSDE through an application process, ensuring representation from a variety of characteristics, including geography, grade level, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and experience.

View the full list of Executive Committee members below for each subject area set of standards under review in 2022-23 school year.

Fine Arts Executive Committee

Computer Science Executive Committee

Timeline for Revision

Standards Review and Revision is currently in progress for three areas: Mathematics, Physical Education, Health Education, and World Languages (other than English). Prior to public comment, Executive, Writing, and Draft Review Committees met to review, provide feedback, and, if necessary, revise the content area Oklahoma Academic Standards. 

Note: The image below represents an estimated timeline for standards review and revision.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When will these standards be officially adopted?

The standards will be presented to the Oklahoma State Board of Education for consideration at the February 2023 Board meeting. Pending approval, they will then be submitted to the Oklahoma legislature for consideration of approval.

2. When should these standards be implemented in Oklahoma schools and when will they be assessed at a state level?

Upon approval of standards from the Oklahoma legislature during the 2023 Legislative Session, Oklahoma schools can begin implementation during the 2023-24 school year. Guidance regarding implementation will be provided upon the adoption of revised standards.  Support structures, resources, and professional development opportunities will be provided to support school districts with the implementation of changes represented in the 2023 standards.

3. Will the Fine Arts Curriculum Framework be updated?

Upon approval of standards from the Oklahoma Legislature during the 2023 Legislative Session, the Oklahoma State Department of Education will begin the process of working with Oklahoma educators to revise the Oklahoma Mathematics Curriculum Framework to support educators with the implementation of the new standards. The current Fine Arts Curriculum Framework can be viewed here.

4. Will Curriculum Frameworks be Developed for Computer Science?

Upon approval of standards from the Oklahoma Legislature during the 2023 Legislative Session, the Oklahoma State Department of Education will begin the process of working with Oklahoma educators to develop curriculum frameworks for Computer Science to support educators with the implementation of the new standards.

5. When will school districts be able to purchase new textbooks for the subject area standards being reviewed/revised?

The state textbook adoption cycle was recently revised and reflects the timeline for subject area textbook adoption cycles

If you have questions or comments about the Oklahoma Academic Standards review and revision process, please contact Tiffany Neill, Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Tiffany.Neill@sde.ok.gov.

 

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Last updated on November 15, 2022