Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science

The Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science is now available.

Overview Video

Youtube version, Vimeo version


Development and Review of the Standards

Writing and draft teams of 59 representatives from K-12, higher education, scientists, engineers, parent and community members from throughout the state developed and provided feedback on the standards, meeting multiple times. More than 500 educators throughout the state were involved in reviewing the standards.



Tiffany Neill
Director of Science Education PreK-12

Welcome to the starting place for information related to the science education of Oklahoma students.


Page Topics

Science Standards Resources | Professional Development | FAQs | Programs


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Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science

The new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science (OAS-Science) were adopted unanimously by the Oklahoma State Board of Education in March of 2014 and signed into rule in June of 2014. However, the state assessments given at grades 5, 8, and Biology 1 for high school will continue to be aligned to the PASS science standards in the 2014-2105 and 2015-2016 school years. This will give districts and teachers three years to plan for and transition to the new science standards.

Links to both the PASS standards and the new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science can be found in the table below.

PASS (adopted in 2011)

  • 1-12 Priority Academic Student Skills for Science (download)
    Grades 5, 8 , and Biology 1 assessments will be aligned to these standards in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.


OAS-Science (adopted in 2014)

  • K-12 Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science (download)
    Grades 5, 8, and Biology 1 assessments will be aligned to these standards in 2016-2017.
  • Pre-Kindergarten (download)


Oklahoma Academic Standards (2013-14)

Oklahoma Academic Standards (2014-15)

  • K-12 Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science 2014 (download)
    Assessments will be aligned to these standards in 2016-2017.
  • Pre-Kindergarten (download)


Science Assessments 2014-2015, and 2015-2016

Oklahoma students will continue to be tested on PASS 2011 Revisions (download)

  • Blueprints, Performance Level Descriptors, Item Specifications, and Released Items (link)
  • Read more about the Oklahoma School Testing Program (link)

Science Assessments for 2016-2017 and Beyond

Beginning in 2016-2017, students in 5th, 8th, and Biology 1 will be assessed over the new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science.

National Science Teachers Association

The National Science Teachers Association is an organization that supports science education across the nation. With NSTA, you’ll find leading resources for excellence in teaching and learning and experience growth through robust professional development.

Oklahoma Science Teachers Association


The Oklahoma Science Teachers Association is the statewide professional association specifically addressing the interests and concerns of science teachers. In addition to receiving regular newsletters (now exclusively through this OSTA blog), OSTA members are entitled to participate in OSTA’s annual fall conference as both presenters and attendees.

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

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.

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Professional Development

Regional Science Workshops
(Sept 2014 - Feb 2015)

Dates and locations

OKSci Virtual PD

Virtual Professional Development includes a monthly meeting for science educators across the state as well as opportunities to participate in specialized PD around areas of interest.

  • Find out more by signing up for the science listserv (link)

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Oklahoma Academic Standards?

See the Oklahoma Academic Standards webpage for clarification.

When are science textbooks and supplemental resources up for adoption?

See Textbook Adoption Webpage:

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.

What science courses are required for graduation?

For information about what Science courses are required for graduation, click here.

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Math/Science Partnership

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 link, Botball 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

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

National Math and Science Initiative

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. 

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Last updated on May 18, 2015