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Please Comment on our OASS (Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science)!

December 13, 2013

This afternoon, the Oklahoma State Department of Education is asking for your help. They have opened the public comment period for the new and improved science standards.

Public Invited to Comment on Proposed Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science

OK State Dept of Ed sent this bulletin at 12/13/2013 03:54 PM CST

Proposed Changes to the State’s Science Standards

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) has posted on the agency’s website the newly proposed draft of the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science.

The draft is available on the OSDE’s Science webpage at http://www.ok.gov/sde/science.

Educators and the public are invited to submit written comments regarding the proposed draft. The public comment period is from Dec. 13, 2013, to Jan. 17, 2014.  All comments must be received by 4 p.m. on Jan. 17, 2014.

Send written submissions to the Oklahoma State Department of Education at 2500 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4599.

It is recommended that the introductory sections of the proposed draft be read prior to reviewing the standards including:

  • Introduction, Revision Process and Document Structure pgs. 4-7
  • State Superintendent Janet Barresi’s message pg. 8

The draft version is available in PDF.  For ease of access to the separate sections and chapters, bookmarks are provided on the navigation bar to the side of the document.

Writing and draft teams of more than 50 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.

As the bulletin states, there is a PDF you can download and review. After 238 pages, you may have a few questions (such as “Do these standards make my OASS look big?”)

While I am reviewing, I will keep the first two sentences from the introduction in mind.

Science uses observation and experimentation to explain natural phenomena. Science refers to an organized body of knowledge that includes core ideas to the disciplines of science and common themes that bridge the disciplines.

My comments will reflect any items that deviate from these principles. I will also be mindful of the hard work of all the Oklahomans who developed these standards. Their time should be appreciated by all of us.

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  1. December 22, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Finally had a minute to go to the website to look at the “new” science standards. I can’t make any of the links to the PDF work. Have they taken them down?


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