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Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science

The Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science adopted in 2014.

Overview Video


Development and Review of the Standards

Writing and draft teams of 59 representatives from K-12, higher education, scientists, engineers, parent and community members from throughout the state developed and provided feedback on the standards, meeting multiple times. More than 500 educators throughout the state were involved in reviewing the standards.



Tiffany Neill, M.Ed
Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Welcome to the starting place for information related to the science education of Oklahoma students.


Page Topics

Science Standards Resources | Professional Development | FAQs | Programs


New Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science Adopted by the Oklahoma State Board of Education on Februray 27, 2020. 
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Oklahoma Science Course Code Guidance


Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science

The 2014 Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science (OAS-Science) were adopted by the Oklahoma State Board of Education in March of 2014 and signed into rule in June of 2014. The science assessments for 2019-2020 are aligned to the 2014 Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science and will be given at 5th, 8th and 11th grade. Click here for more information on the 11th grade Science Content Assessment.

In 2019-2020 the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science have been under review per state legislation requiring adacemic standards to be reviewed every six years. To find out more about the science standards review process go to Upon approval from the Oklahoma Legislature for the 2020 Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science, schools can begin implementation during the 2020-2021 school year. However, the state assessments for Grade 5, Grade 8 and High School will not  be aligned to the 2020 science standards until 2022-2023 providing schools with a three-year implementation timeline.

Starting 2016-2017

Grade levels K-12:

Schools and educators should use the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science (download) as the framework for grades K-12 to develop an align science curriculum. The Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science were approved in 2014.


Schools and educators should use the Pre-K Science Standards (download) as the framework to develop and align science curriculum.


Science Assessments 

Science Assessments will continue to be alinged to the 2014 Oklahoma Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science (download) in 2019-2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Once approved, the 2020 Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science will begin to be assessed in 2022-2023.

Oklahoma Science Implementation Page

Find resources such as the Oklahoma Science Frameworks, Science PD on Your Plan Modules and additional resources aligned to the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science.

National Science Teachers Association

The National Science Teachers Association is an organization that supports science education across the nation. With NSTA, you’ll find leading resources for excellence in teaching and learning and experience growth through robust professional development.

Oklahoma Science Teachers Association


The Oklahoma Science Teachers Association is the statewide professional association specifically addressing the interests and concerns of science teachers. In addition to receiving regular newsletters (now exclusively through this OSTA blog), OSTA members are entitled to participate in OSTA’s annual fall conference as both presenters and attendees.

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Professional Development


The Office of Standards and Curriculum is available to provide professional development to teachers in their local area, either face-to-face or through video conference or webinar (point-to-point/distance learning) technology. In order for the professional development to have as much impact as possible, for face-to-face interactions, groups need to include representation from at least 5 districts, an entire county, or that contain at least 25 teachers. For point-to-point/distance learning technology interactions any size group can be accommodated.

PD On Your Plan

PD on Your Plan is an effort to provide educators with professional development in bite-size offerings that could be completed by a teacher on their plan period, a group of teachers during a department meeting or a group of educators during a devoted professional learning community (PLC) time. 

A series of PD on Your Plan Modules have been developed to assist educators in understanding the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science and the three dimensions of science embedded in the standards. 

Open Education Resources for PD

STEM Teaching Tools offers a wide variety of open education resources for professional development around three-dimensional science standards. There are available sessions starting at 30 minutes, all the way to multi-day. These PD sessions provide multiple entry points, no matter where a teacher is in their understanding of the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science.

Session Spotlight: Incorporating Scientific Argumentation into Your Classroom

 The practice of argumentation—that is, developing, exploring, analyzing, and refining lines of reasoning and explanation in evidence-based ways—is essential to the work of scientists and to scientific thinking and learning. This short course is designed to help educators think about how the practice of argumentation relates to the practice of explanation, research- and practice-based strategies that can foster rich forms of student argumentation, and how argumentation opportunities can be implemented in more equitable ways. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Oklahoma Academic Standards?

See the Oklahoma Academic Standards webpage for clarification.

When are science textbooks and supplemental resources up for adoption?

See Textbook Adoption Web page:

What textbooks and supplemental resources do you recommend?

Because we are a public agency, we cannot endorse any private vendor. We would be more than happy to assist you in determining which vendors meet your particular needs.


Link to view state approved titles at the Oklahoma Textbook Committee website.

What science courses are required for graduation?

For information about what Science courses are required for graduation, click here.

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Math/Science Partnership

The Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) is a competitive grant program intended to encourage institutions of higher education, local school districts, elementary schools, and secondary schools to participate in professional development activities that increase the subject matter knowledge and teaching skills of mathematics and science teachers.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

This awards program is open to practicing public, private and parochial school teachers with a minimum of five years teaching experience.

National Math and Science Initiative

NMSI’s mission is to improve student performance in the critical subjects of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). NMSI’s programs transform teaching, transform schools and are transforming education in the United States. 

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Last updated on March 6, 2020