Standards Review and Revision Process


Oklahoma Academic Standards Review and Revision

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 Teams

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 teams:

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee will be 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 Team

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

Draft Review Team

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

Current Applications for Oklahoma Academic Standards Review and Revision Writing Teams

All Oklahomans interested in participating on the Writing or Draft Review Teams must complete the official application and submit a resume no later than April 19th. Selections will be announced by May 14th.

Timeline for Revision

Standards Review and Revision is currently in progress for three areas: Mathematics, Physical Education and Health, and World Languages (other than English).

The timeline for a typical Standards cycle starts in February of year one and concludes around March of year two.

If you have questions or comments about the Oklahoma Academic Standards review and revision process, please contact Christine Koerner, Executive Director of Academic Standards Implementation, christine.koerner@sde.ok.gov.

 

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Last updated on April 7, 2021