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Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science

The Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science adopted in 2020.

Development and Review of the Standards

The writing and draft teams included K-12 educators, higher education, scientists, engineers, parent and community members from throughout the state who developed and provided feedback on the standards, meeting multiple times. Hunderds of educators throughout the state were involved in reviewing the standards. To find out more about the review and revision process go here.

 

Contact

Heather Johnston, M.Ed
Director of Science and Engineering Education
Heather.Johnston@sde.ok.gov

Susan Wray
Oklahoma Excel Science Specialist
Susan.Wray@sde.ok.gov 

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

 

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Science Standards Resources | Professional Development | FAQs | Programs

 

Announcements
New 6th Grade Science Interim Curriculum Frameworks
New Implementation Toolkit for the 2020 Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science
New 2020 Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science 
Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science Review and Revision Process 2019-2020
Oklahoma Science Framework 
Science Graduation Requirements: FAQ
Oklahoma Science Course Code Guidance

 

Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science

The new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science (OAS-Science) were adopted in May of 2020. Schools can can begin implementing the new standards 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.

The science assessments for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 will be aligned to the 2014 Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science and will be given at 5th, 8th and 11th grade. The 2020 Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science will be assessed starting in 2022-2023. 

Resources

Science Assessments 

Science Assessments will continue to be alinged to the 2014 Oklahoma Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science (download) in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. 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 Teaching 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 Teaching 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
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. http://sde.ok.gov/sde/oklahoma-academic-standards

When are science textbooks and supplemental resources up for adoption?

See Textbook Adoption Web page: http://www.oktextbooks.ok.gov/

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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Programs

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 September 4, 2020