Oklahoma requires all public schools to offer educationally appropriate supplemental online opportunities for all of their students, including transfer students. An online course refers to course that a student takes primarily or exclusivley online instead of in a regular classroom. Supplemental online courses are online courses that a student takes instead of, or to replace, courses offered in the school. The student must be enrolled in at least one course in a classroom in the district in order to take a supplemental online course. Schools pay the cost of the online courses up to the academic equivalent of five hours of supplemental online instruction per day at no cost to the student. Students may pay for additional courses on their own.
"Educationally appropriate" was defined in the 2013 legislative session (SB 419) as "any instruction that is not substantially a repeat of a course or portion of a course that the student has successfully completed, regardless of the grade of the student, and regardless of whether a course is similar to or identical to the instruction that is currently offered in the school district." This definition of educationally appropriate was issued as an emergency rule to update O.A.C. 210:15-34
Parents: If your child is interested in taking online courses for credit, contact your local district to see what supplemental online courses are offered. The district selects and approves providers, which may include online courses taught by district teachers. Parents or guardians must sign a form that allows test results to be released to the provider, and students must have approval from the district and enroll in a course with the aid of the district if they expect to earn credit and have the district pay for the course. Students are also responsible for providing their own technology if they take the course from a remote (outside of school district facilities) location. If your child has been denied an online course, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your student's first name, last name, course that was requested, the reason that was given for denial, and any course of action that was taken by the school or district. If you have been told that students are not allowed to request courses, please let us know that as well. If you do not get a response to your email within a couple of days, please call the SDE Service Desk at (405) 521-3301 and ask for the online and virtual courses section.
Districts: District superintendents have access to the list of third party providers and courses that have been submitted to OSDE by logging into the Wave. Districts have final choice of provider and may contract with any provider they choose. Districts may select any provider, but if a provider is not listed in the Wave, the provider needs to follow the procedures below to be added to the Wave before a contract is finalized. Districts also have the option of developing their own online courses using their own teachers; if so, they may purchase content from any provider or create their own.
If a student is denied an online learning opportunity within a district, the district must notify the State Department of Education immediately through the Online Supplemental Courses application on the Wave.
Third party supplemental online course providers need to update their contact and course information annually, due before July 1 of each year. Once you have submitted your information, you cannot resubmit unless OSDE releases your information for update and resubmittal. A few things to keep in mind are:
Schools and the public can view the list of Supplemental Online Course Providers.
In order to take an online course, parents need to sign a FERPA waiver that allows the school to share student test scores with the provider. Each student participating in an online supplemental course needs to complete the form and the district keeps the form on file in the district. Schools may use their own FERPA waiver for releasing assessment results, or they may download the FERPA/Release of Confidential Information Waiver here.
The following is a list of providers for online courses who completed the form through the State Department of Education. This list may not include any providers who were added after July 1 of the current school year. (Districts, the official, up-to-date list is in the Supplemental Online Courses link in the Wave.) For contact information and additional information about which courses are available, please contact your local school district and they will have access to this information through the Wave website. Some providers list curriculum-only courses, where the district provides the teacher. Curriculum-only courses are listed as a courtesy so that districts may see all options together.
Providers (listed Alphabetically)
Districts - is one of your providers not listed? See the note below about curriculum-only offerings.
A note about curriculum-only offerings: Curriculum-only providers are NOT required to be registered in Supplemental Online Courses as such offerings are instructional materials, not courses. Districts may choose instructional materials for courses the district teachers teach, including for online courses, following local district policy.
While Oklahoma is developing its own assessments rather than using assessments developed through PARCC, assessments beginning in 2014-2015 will be developed to meet PARCC equipment guidelines. You can find those on the PARCC Technology Page.