Our mission at the Oklahoma State Department of Education, is to improve student success through: service to schools, parents and students; leadership for education reform; and regulation/deregulation of state and federal laws to provide accountability while removing any barriers to student success.
By working with parents, business/community leaders, and CareerTech and higher education officials, the State Department of Education (SDE) puts state education policies and programs into action to support the efforts of public schools. The SDE's vision is to make children Oklahoma 's top priority through the Department's mission of:
Expertise, experience and persistence of officials at the State Department of Education (SDE) have been instrumental in developing Oklahoma 's early childhood education system from its beginnings in the 1980s. Today, the National Institute for Early Education Research recognizes Oklahoma as the national model in Pre-Kindergarten programs. In March 2006, NIEER's national report card showed Oklahoma No. 1 in the percentage of four-year-olds attending public preschool programs, and one of only two states offering voluntary access statewide.
The SDE was authorized in state law to start standards-based education reforms in 1990, which is why Education Week, a national education periodical, ranked Oklahoma among the top ten states in each of four major reform categories in January 2006. Accountability measures the SDE has implemented since 1990 helped to prepare Oklahoma public schools for the federal policy changes in the No Child Left Behind Act. The Education Commission of the States (ECS) Web site, which tracks each state's implementation of the federal law, ranked Oklahoma No. 1 in July 2004. Oklahoma met more of the 40 major requirements than any other state. Since then, ECS has revised their tracking system; but, in January 2006, Oklahoma remained in the top five nationally.
The SDE's “School Support Teams” provide technical assistance to schools that are struggling and identified on the federal improvement list. And, approximately 50,000 educators, administrators and board members are annually provided additional training (professional development) by SDE staff at:
Title IX Joni Younts, Title IX Coordinator, (405) 522-3319
State Department of Education
2500 N. Lincoln Boulevard, Room 111
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
It is the policy of the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, or disability in its programs or employment practices as required by Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Civil rights compliance inquiries related to the OSDE may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer, Room 111, 2500 North Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105-4599; telephone number (405) 522-3319 or the United States Department of Education's Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. Inquiries or concerns regarding compliance with Title IX by local school districts should be presented to the local school district title IX coordinator.