Oklahoma: College and Career Policies

The Oklahoma Department of Education has authority over the adoption of assessments.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards. State Board of Education has authority, but the legislature has specified in law the courses required for high school graduation (70 O S. §§11-103.6), the scope of social studies curriculum (70 O. S. §11-103.6a), AIDS prevention education (70 O.S. §11-103.3), approval of sex education curriculum (70 O.S. §11-105.1), the Passport to Financial Literacy instruction (70 O.S. §11-103.6g-11-103.6h), and physical education programs (70 O.S. §11-103.9).

In 2011, Oklahoma state law (70 O.S. § 6-101.16) established the Oklahoma Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Evaluation System (TLE). Every policy of evaluation adopted by a board of education shall be based upon a set of minimum criteria developed by the State Board of Education, which by no later than 2013-14 school year, shall be revised and based upon the Oklahoma Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Evaluation System (TLE) developed by the State Board of Education.

Professional development is not required for the renewal of a license.

The Teacher and Leader Effectiveness evaluation system was developed by the Department of Education in conjunction with the TLE Commission. Evaluations are required by the State Board of Education, and requires that 35% of the annual evaluation is based on student performance measures.

Regarding Teacher Evaluation, SB 706 requires two separate ratings, a qualitative and a quantitative. The quantitative rating is to be made up of 50% student academic growth using student test scores where available.

Oklahoma has standards in 6 different content areas including English language arts, math, social studies, science, fine arts, and world languages.

The Oklahoma State Board of Education has authority to oversee teacher certification.

In order to become a certified teacher in Oklahoma, an applicant must have completed an approved teacher preparation program, earned a bachelor's degree, and passed certification examinations.

With oversight of the Oklahoma State Board of Education, the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation has authority to approve teacher preparation programs.

In order to be approved, teacher preparation programs must follow the competencies listed in the attached policy.

Oklahoma updated the English language arts standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Oklahoma updated the math standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

All students must take 3 units of Mathematics in Grades 9-12 in addition to any of the following courses taken prior to Grade 9.
_____ Algebra I
_____ Algebra II
_____ Geometry
_____ Trigonometry
_____ Math Analysis
_____ Calculus
_____ AP® Statistics
_____ Other mathematics course approved for college admission requirements.

There are two types of assessments within the Oklahoma Student Testing Program (OSTP) for Grades 3-8 and "End-of-Instruction" (EOI) secondary level. All assessments are aligned to the state-mandated Core curriculum, the Oklahoma Academic Standards, which has been adopted by the State Board of Education. 1.) General Assessments: (Also referred to as: Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests or OCCT). These Criterion Referenced Tests are intended for Grades 3-8 in various subject areas and the seven EOI assessments. 2.) Portfolio Assessments: (Also referred to as: Oklahoma Alternate Assessment Program, OAAP). These assessments measure achievement of alternate academic standards of the state curriculum for children with the most significant cognitive disabilities.

Oklahoma has not adopted any professional development standards.

This includes:
-2 units of foreign language or computer technology;
-1 unit of fine arts or speech;
-1 additional unit of set of competencies;
-7 unspecified electives.

Beginning with students entering 9th grade in the 2008-09 school year, every student shall demonstrate mastery of the state academic content standards in the following subject areas in order to graduate from a public high school with a standard diploma:
_____ English II, and
_____ Algebra I, and two of the following:
_____ English III
_____ Algebra II
_____ Geometry
_____ Biology I
_____ U.S. History

Oklahoma adopted new science standards under PASS Grades 5, 8, and Biology I in 2011. All other grades and subjects were updated in 2014.

Professional development is not required for the renewal of a license.

These include 3 credits of laboratory science: Biology I, Physics, Chemistry or other college admission courses.

Oklahoma adopted new music standards in 2014.

Oklahoma adopted new Social Studies standards in 2014.

Oklahoma adopted new visual arts standards in 2014.

This should include:
-1 unit of US History;
-1/2 unit of US Government;
-1/2 unit of Oklahoma history; and,
-1 unspecified unit.