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2014-2015 Assessment Links

** These items are currently under development as of Feb. 2014.

OKMath Memos

Welcome to the Mathematics Education Page!

The Mathematics page is a starting place for information related to the Mathematics Education of Oklahoma students. With so many changes in education happening, it is vital to our success as educators to be professionally engaged. To this end, the Oklahoma State Department of Education is dedicated to ensuring OKMath teachers are Connected, Empowered, and Focused. On this page, you can find many links and resources to help you accomplish these goals. We encourage you to visit often and become familiar with the contents of this page. We also ask that you find us and so many other OKMath teachers who are engaged in the OKMath Professional Learning Network. For more information about the OKMath PLN, please see the links in the right side bar.

  • For information about what Mathematics courses are required for graduation, click here.
  • If you are a new teacher or are just getting connected to OKMath, start here


Get in touch with us:

Jennifer Lamb
Director of Elementary (PK-5) Mathematics 
(405) 522-3522

Levi Patrick
Director of Secondary (6-12) Mathematics
(405) 522-3525

Sonya Fitzgerald
Assistant Director of State Testing and Acting Mathematics Assessment Specialist  ( Job Posting )
Visit the OSDE Assessment and Accountability Page
(405) 521-3341

Angela Kwok
Special Education Mathematics and Universal Design/Technology Specialist
Visit the OSDE Special Education Page
(405) 522-5036

Standards and Assessments

Introduction to Common Core
  • OSDE main Common Core page (link)
  • 14 minute video from the Teaching Channel (link)
  • Parent Guide from the Council of Great City Schools (link)
Oklahoma Academic Standards (2013-14)
Oklahoma Academic Standards (2014-15)
  • Oklahoma Academic Standards for Mathematics (download)
  • Pre-Kindergarten Standards coming soon (Contact Kayla Hindman)
  • For Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2, the PARCC Model Content Frameworks guided the development of the Oklahoma Pathways Table for High School Courses, which defines what standards are taught in each course. (download)
2013-2014 Assessments
  • Oklahoma students will continue to be tested on PASS 2009 Revisions (download)
  • Acuity Benchmarks are free to districts. These benchmarks are aligned to Common Core and provide schools with the ability to create their own benchmarks. (link)
  • Read more about the Oklahoma School Testing Program (link)
  • 3-8 Calculator Policy (download)
  • High School Calculator Policy (download)
  • Blueprints, Performance Level Descriptors, Item Specifications, and Released Items (link)
Assessments for 2014-2015 and Beyond

* These items are currently under development (Feb. 2014) and are expected to be available by the end of the spring semester 2014.



Oklahoma’s Educator Leader Cadre (OKELC)
  • The OKELC is a network of K–16 educators brought together by the OSDE to assist with  implementation of Oklahoma Academic Standards. Cadre members serve to disseminate the most up-to-date information and provide relevant professional development throughout Oklahoma.
  • Read the blog (link) and follow their conversation on Twitter at #OKELC
2013 Summer Convening Resources
  • During May and July of 2013, the Oklahoma State Department of Education hosted nearly 100 educators in Oklahoma City to evaluate the needs of English and Math teachers across our state and develop solutions. Out of these meetings, many amazing documents were developed. All of these documents can be found (and more!) at our most exciting resource, We are excited to support OKMath Teachers as they improve mathematics education across the state. Some resources you can find include:

    • OKMath K-5 Pacing Guides (link)

    • OKMath K-5 Emphasis Documents (link)

    • OKMath Middle School and High School Engines (link)

    • OKMath Mythbusters (link)

    • Professional Development Opportunities  (link)

    • Professional Learning Community Prompts  (link)

    • Grant Opportunities  (link)

    • More Resources  (link)

Curriculum Mapping Resources
  • Fractions and Decimals Vertical Alignment developed by the OSDE (download)
  • K-12 Progressions Documents from the University of Arizona (link)
  • Sample Curriculum Framework Documents from the Charles A. Dana Center at UT Austin (link)
  • Problem-Based Curriculum Maps for 6-8, A1, G, and A2 from Emergent Math (link)
Common Core At-A-Glance for K-8
Previously State Board Approved Courses
  • Math of Finance* (download)
  • Intermediate Algebra* (download)
  • If you are interested in designing and receiving Board Approval for a course at or above the rigor of Algebra 1, please contact Levi Patrick.
  • Course such as Intermediate Algebra and Math of Finance are not approved as one of the 3 high school credits required for College Admission or eligibility for Oklahoma's Promise. (download guidelines)
* Not currently aligned to PASS or CCSS.
Teacher Resources and Important Links

With so many resources out there, it is absolutely critical to have them organized and manageable to improve the workflow of teachers. With unique needs existing for both Elementary and Secondary Mathematics classrooms, the Bundles provided below have many shared resources, but also some that are very specific to their focus grades.

  • Elementary Math Critical Links (link)
  • Secondary Math Critical Links (link)



Math/Science Partnership (link)

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.

Robotics (FIRST linkBotball link)

Robotics programs engage children in real-world learning in STEM fields. In 2012-2013, the OSDE provided $100,000 in scholarships for student participation in such programs as FIRST and Botball.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (link)

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

Think Through Math (link)

Think Through Math is an award-winning, adaptive, math intervention for grades 4–8, including Algebra Readiness and Algebra I. The program provides unprecedented differentiation that prepares students for the more rigorous Oklahoma Academic Standards. Think Through Math deepens understanding of critical mathematical concepts, improves higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills, and transforms the way students feel about math – and themselves.

All of the secured seats that were contracted through the partnership of the Oklahoma State Department and Think Through Math have now been filled.  There will be no more new seats added for the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year.

National Math and Science Initiative (link)

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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

If you do not find your FAQ, please call Levi Patrick at (405) 522-3525.
What are the Oklahoma Academic Standards?
The Priority Academic Student Skills and Common Core State Standards come under the umbrella of all state standards entitled Oklahoma  Academic  Standards.
In what order should the Oklahoma Academic Standards be taught?
Oklahoma  Academic  Standards are intended to provide the basic framework for individual school curriculum. It is not intended to be a sequential document.

For Common Core, high school courses are divided into Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. 
  • For Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2, the PARCC Model Content Framework will still be used to determine which standards are taught in each course. (download)
    • ​ Algebra 1: pages 43 - 46
    • Geometry: pages 47 - 49
    • Algebra 2: pages 50 - 54
    • One Page Overview of Standards for Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2: page 55
What standards are students testing over this year?
For 2013-2014, Oklahoma mathematics assessments will test the OAS Standards (PASS 2009 Revision). The test will be designed according to the Test Blueprint (link).
What standards should Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders use?
Beginning in 2012-2013, K-2 students should be learning Common Core Standards to help them prepare for the changes in Common Core.
When should the transition from PASS to Common Core occur?
Districts should have created a transition plan that will guide their efforts toward full implementation of Common Core by 2014-2015.  The plan includes milestones and incremental steps that will facilitate the transition process between now and 2014.  It is important to note that because some concepts and skills have moved to a different grade level in Common Core, a plan for addressing the content transitions and the implications for student learning should be considered in the years leading up to full implementation.
What are the Standards for Mathematical Practice?
The Standards for Mathematical Practice are a part of the Oklahoma  Academic   Standards, and they describe the varieties of expertise that mathematics educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students.  These practices rest on important "processes and proficiencies" with longstanding importance in mathematics education. (link)
What is the Oklahoma Elementary Math Specialist (OEMS)?
The Oklahoma Elementary Mathematics Specialist Certification Program was approved by the State Board of Education on February 23, 2012.  OEMS is a program that allows elementary and/or early childhood teachers to earn their elementary mathematics specialist certification in grades PK-5. You have to first meet the OEMS program prerequisites: (1) have valid teacher certification in Elementary Education and/or Early Childhood Education; (2) have two years of full-time teaching experience in grades Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 at an accredited school under a valid state issued teacher credential.   In order to obtain certification in Oklahoma as an Elementary Mathematics Specialist, you must fulfill the following requirements: 
  • Eighteen hours of graduate coursework at one of the institutions of higher education offering OEMS courses;
  • Passing score on the Oklahoma Elementary Mathematics Specialist certification examination;
  • Application with the university’s recommendation for OEMS certification submitted to the Oklahoma State Department of Education along with $25 application fee.
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.

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Last updated on April 11, 2014