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 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 committee members for each subject area below:

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 2022 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 2022 Legislative Session, Oklahoma schools can begin implementation during the 2022-23 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 2022 standards.

3. Will the Mathematics Curriculum Framework be updated?

Upon approval of standards from the Oklahoma Legislature during the 2022 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 Mathematics Curriculum Framework can be viewed here.

4. Will Curriculum Frameworks be Developed for Physical Education, Health and World Languages?

Upon approval of standards from the Oklahoma Legislature during the 2022 Legislative Session, the Oklahoma State Department of Education will begin the process of working with Oklahoma educators to develop curriculum frameworks for physical education, health, world languages (other than English) 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 February 17, 2022