Our Curriculum


Oklahoma is working to implement new academic state standards focused on preparing students for College, Careers and Citizenship ‐ the Oklahoma Academic Standards. This includes the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), adopted in 2010, for English language arts and mathematics for grades PreK‐12. Revisions of current state standards for remaining subject areas (social studies, science, visual arts/music, physical education, and world languages) began in 2012 and will continue until aligned with the goals of Oklahoma C3 Initiative. Download a one-page overview of Oklahoma Academic Standards here.

Oklahoma Academic Standards serve as expectations for what students should know and be able to do by the end of the school year. The development, review and revision process involves stakeholders throughout the state of Oklahoma and is an ongoing and critical component to ensure Oklahoma students in every classroom receive current and relevant learning experiences.

What Oklahoma Academic Standards Do:

○ 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 prioritize mathematical practices such as perseverance, reasoning, and modeling

○ Do increase rigor and grade‐level expectations

What Oklahoma Academic Standards Do Not:

○ 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

○ Do determine the full range of support for English Language Learners and Students with Special needs.

Were Not written or funded by the Federal Government. Oklahoma educators and content specialists participated in the writing, review and feedback process of the Oklahoma Academic Standards. Read more about the development of Oklahoma Academic Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts and Frequently Asked Questions at http://www.corestandards.org/resources/frequently-asked-questions.

Introduction to the Common Core State Standards
June 2, 2010
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) are pleased to present the final Kindergarten-12 Common Core State Standards documents that our organizations have produced on behalf of 48 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia.  These English language arts and mathematics standards represent a set of expectations for student knowledge and skills that high school graduates need to master to succeed in college and careers.
To develop these standards, CCSSO and the NGA Center worked with representatives from participating states, a wide range of educators, content experts, researchers, national organizations, and community groups. These final standards reflect the invaluable feedback from the general public, teachers, parents, business leaders, states, and content area experts and are informed by the standards of other high performing nations.
You will notice that the college- and career-readiness standards have been incorporated into the K-12 standards, as was promised in the March 10, 2010 draft.
The criteria that we used todevelop the college- and career-readiness standards, as well as these K-12 standards are:
•    Aligned with college and work expectations;
•    Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
•    Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
•    Informed by top-performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and,
•    Evidence and/or research-based.
The following links provide more information about the criteria and considerations for standards development. The standards development process has incorporated the best practices and research from across the nation and the world. While we have used all available research to shape these documents, we recognize that there is more to be learned about the most essential knowledge for student success. As new research is conducted and we evaluate the implementation of the common core standards, we plan to revise the standards on a set review cycle.
Our organizations would like to thank our advisory group, which provides advice and guidanceon this initiative. Additional thanks are also given to the writers of the standards, who devoted countless weekends and late nights to ensuring that the standards meet the high expectations for rigor and clarity.