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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.
  • For information about accommodations for the OCCT or EOI, click here
  • If you are a new teacher or are just getting connected to OKMath, start here


Get in touch with us:

Angela Bilyeu
Mathematics Assessment Specialist
(405) 522-3302

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

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

Sonya Fitzgerald
Executive Director of State Testing
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

Oklahoma Academic Standards


  • Oklahoma students will continue to be tested on PASS 2009 Revisions (download)
  • Read more about the Oklahoma School Testing Program (link)
  • 3-8 and High School Calculator Policy (download)
  • Blueprints, Performance Level Descriptors, Item Specifications, and Released Items (link)




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.

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)

2014 Summer Convening Resources
  • During June and July of 2014, the Oklahoma State Department of Education hosted nearly 100 educators in Oklahoma City to continue the great work started in 2013 to support math educators with resources developed by teachers, for teachers.
    • Redesigned Layout for PASS (2009) Objectives (secondary only) (link)
    • PASS (2009) Secondary Math Progression Guide (link)
    • Check out all of the Elementary Resources here. Resources include Companion Guides and Pacing Guides for K-5.

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.



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.

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 for Secondary Math questions or Jennifer Lamb at (405) 522-3522 for Elementary Math questions.

What are the Oklahoma Academic Standards?

The Priority Academic Student Skills come under the umbrella of all state standards entitled Oklahoma Academic Standards.

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.

Link to Higher Regents OEMS Page

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.

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Last updated on March 30, 2015