Oklahoma Readiness Policies

Overview

Oklahoma
High School and Postsecondary Alignment

SREB’s Challenge to Lead 2020 goals call for states to align middle grades and high school policies with college-readiness standards, to recognize multiple paths to graduation and to provide students with diverse postsecondary options and resources. The following tabs summarize how Oklahoma aligns its policies to promote smooth transitions for students through high school and beyond.  

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College and Career Readiness Definitions

Each student graduating with a diploma from an Oklahoma public school will be ready for college or career without the need for remediation and will be citizen ready, meaning they will know something about our government and the history of our nation.

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College and Career Planning in K-12

Oklahoma requires graduation plans for all students starting in ninth grade. State law, however, requires early graduation plans for students at risk of dropping out of high school or not graduating on time. Eligible middle grades students may fill out an application for Oklahoma’s Promise Scholarship.

State law authorizes districts to develop mentorship programs to promote higher graduation rates for at-risk students. Mentors provide advice and counsel to students on crafting their graduation plans, exploring careers and selecting courses.

Oklahoma administers a statewide, federally funded GEAR UP program, which partners with rural school districts with high poverty rates and low college-going rates to provide academic planning, mentoring, financial aid planning and college application assistance.

The Oklahoma College Assistance Program offers UCanGo2, a comprehensive college access and outreach Web portal that aims to facilitate access to postsecondary education in Oklahoma and educate students, parents, instructors, counselors and community partners about preparing, planning and paying for college. Components include campus and community workshops, print publications, a college planning hotline and a variety of online tools. Its website is UCanGo2.org.

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High School Graduation Requirements

Course and Diploma Requirements for Current Seniors

Students must complete at least 23 units to earn a regular high school diploma. The College-Preparatory/Work-Ready curriculum is Oklahoma’s default diploma path. Parents or guardians may waive this curriculum if they wish, which places their student onto the Core diploma path. Regardless of the path chosen. All students much complete a personal financial literacy requirement as well as complete a CPR/AED requirement.

Subject

Core Curriculum

College Prep/Work Ready

English

4 Credits: 

Grammar and Composition

Three from: American Literature, English Literature, World Literature, Advanced English courses 

4 Credits:

English I

English II

English III

English IV or other concurrent courses

Math

3 Credits:

Algebra I

Two from courses including Algebra II, geometry, Trigonometry or Precalculus

3 Credits from:

Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, math Analysis, calculus, Stats & Probability, AP Statistics or other approved course

Laboratory Science

3 Credits:

Biology I

Two from: life, physical, or earth science or technology

3 Credits:

Biology I

Chemistry

Physics or another approved lab science course

Social Studies

3 Credits:

U.S. History

1/2 Credit U.S. Government

1/2 Credit Oklahoma History

One from: history, government, economics, civics, or non-western culture

3 Credits:

U.S. History

1/2 Credit U.S. Government

1/2 Credit Oklahoma History

One from: history, government, economics, civics, or non-western culture

The Arts

2 Credits may include visual Arts and General Music

1 Credit may include music, art, drama, and speech

Additional Credits

Not Required

1 Credit from previously listed courses

2 Credits from World or non-English language or computer Technology courses (excludes keyboarding or typing courses)

Electives

8 elective credits

6 elective credits

Total Credits

23

23

*Senate Bill 1422 (2014) allows certain future high school senior students to substitute AP computer science for any math requirement.

Assessment Requirements

The Oklahoma School Testing Program (OSTB) administers seven end-of-instruction (EOI) exams in English language arts, math, and science course subjects as well as U.S. History, in compliance with ESSA and aligned with the Oklahoma Academic Standards. Students in grade 11 will be given the Oklahoma College and Career Ready Assessment (CCRA) which is comprised of two parts. Part one is either the ACT or SAT, inclusive of the writing section, and part two is science content.  

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Accelerated Learning Options in High School

Dual Enrollment and Dual Credit

Eligible high school juniors and seniors may earn college credit by enrolling in college early. Students earn credit toward high school diplomas by completing college-level courses. Students may enroll in up to 19 combined high school and college credits per semester and must meet minimum requirements including ACT composite score, high school GPA and/or high school class rank. Students must have a signed statement from either a counselor or principal confirming the student is on track to graduate by spring of their senior year, in addition to a parental signed release form. Students may continue to enroll in college-level courses if they maintain a 2.0 GPA. Postsecondary institutions must provide tuition waivers to high school seniors for up to six credit hours per semester. The following table shows the concurrent enrollment standards for students attending accredited high schools beginning fall 2017:

University

Type

ACT Score

Pre-ACT Score

(Grade 10)

SAT

PSAT (Grade 10)

GPA and

Class Rank

Research Universities

24

24

1160* or 1090**

1160* or 1090**

3.0 (unweighted) and Top 33.3 percent

Regional Universities

20

20

1020* or 940**

1020* or 940**

3.0 (unweighted) and top 50 percent

Community Colleges

19

19

980* or 900**

980* or 900**

3.0 (unweighted)

* This score is valid on SATs and PSATs administered on or after March 5,     2016. This score is based on College Board’s Concordance Table that was published on May 9, 2016. It is subject to change.
**This score is valid on SATs administered before March 5, 2016.

Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate

Advanced Placement courses are college-level courses offered to high school students as an opportunity to earn college credit through examinations administered by the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. AP potential can be determined through student’s performance on the PSAT/NMSQT or 10 grade ACT PLAN tests. The Oklahoma Department of Education provides grants to reduce AP test fees for low-income students. High school students in grades 11 and 12 may also enroll in international baccalaureate courses.

Career and Technical Education

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education has organized its secondary Skills Standards into 15 Career Clusters around the 16 Career clusters.  Oklahoma is in the process of revising its study programs through a Rigorous Program of Study grant.  The state encourages credit transfer linkages between technology centers and postsecondary institutions, known as the Cooperative Assistance Program, and maintains statewide articulation agreements in 15 of the 16 Career Clusters.

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Postsecondary Admission Requirements

Four-Year Institutions

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education require applicants to complete a 15-unit pre-college curriculum. Institutions admit applicants through a combination of performance measures, including high school GPA, class rank, and ACT/SAT scores. Institutions may make exceptions to minimum standards for up to 8 percent of first-time freshmen class or 50 students, whichever number is greater.

Required High School Curriculum

Subject

Units

Course Requirements

English

4

Courses should integrate a writing component

Math

3

Units chosen from Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, trigonometry, math analysis, pre-calculus, and statistics

Science

3

Three laboratory sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics)

History & Citizenship

3

One unit of American history and two additional units chosen from history, economics, geography and government  

Other

2

Options include courses in additional core subjects (including Advanced Placement), computer science and foreign language

Total

15

 

Note: The Regents recommend additional units in fine arts (two), lab science and math (one each).

Minimum Performance Requirements for First-Time Students

Institution or Type

Option 1: Standardized

Option 2: GPA and Class Rank

Option 3: GPA in Pre-College Core

University of Oklahoma

24 ACT/1090 SAT

3.0 or Top 50% Rank

GPA: 3.0

Class Rank: Top 25%

N/A

Oklahoma State University

24 ACT/1090 SAT

GPA: 3.0

Class Rank: Top 33%

GPA: 3.0

21 ACT/980 SAT

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

24 ACT/1090 SAT

3.0 or Top 50% Rank

GPA: 3.0

Class Rank: Top 25%

GPA: 3.0

22 ACT/1020 SAT

Regional Universities

20 ACT/940 SAT

GPA: 2.7

Class Rank: Top 50%

GPA 2.7

Two-Year and/or Technical Colleges

Applicants must possess high school diplomas or GED credentials. Students who plan to enter a degree or certificate program must complete the 15-unit, pre-college curriculum requirements and present scores from ACT or a similar assessment.

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Postsecondary Placement Policies

Statewide

Students who score 19 or higher on each ACT subtest are usually placed in college-level courses. Institutions may establish higher standards by requiring additional testing of those students meeting or exceeding the minimum ACT subject test score requirement.

Students scoring below 19 have their academic record reviewed and may be asked to complete additional testing before being placed. Students placed in developmental education must start in their first semester and complete these courses within the first year or before completing 24 credit hours.

The president or the president’s designee may allow exceptions on an individual basis for students with extenuating circumstances. All exceptions must be reported to the State Regents.

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State Financial Aid for Undergraduates

The state funds three need-based grant programs and provides a limited number of merit-based grants under the Academic Scholars Program. Applicants for need-based programs must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Eighth, ninth and tenth-grade students are eligible for the Oklahoma Promise Scholarship. Students may qualify for the grant if they complete the 17-unit core curriculum with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 and participate in Promise activities. At program enrollment, parental income must be under $55,000. At college enrollment, parental incomes shall not exceed $100,000. Award amounts vary based on the institution and credit-hour enrollment.

Beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, students will receive aid each year only if parental incomes stay under $100,000.

The Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant provides financial assistance to high school students. Maximum qualifying Expected Family Contribution scores vary based on the number of applications received. Students at public institutions receive a maximum annual award of $1,000. Recipients attending nonpublic institutions receive a maximum award of $1,300.

The Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant provides financial aid to high school seniors and current college students attending nonpublic institutions if their family income is under $50,000. The maximum award is $2,000.

The state awards Academic Scholars Program grants to automatic and institutional qualifiers. Automatic recipients qualify through their designation as National Merit Scholars, National Merit Finalists, or United States Presidential Scholars, or by scoring at or above the 99.5 percentile on the ACT or SAT. Participating postsecondary institutions may nominate institutional qualifiers. Award amounts vary by institution. Recipients attending public institutions are eligible to receive a tuition waiver in addition to the grant award.

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Postsecondary Feedback to High Schools

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education provides feedback to districts, counties, and high schools on the college-going rates and first-year success of recent graduates by subgroup. Indicators include enrollment rates, first-year GPA and credits earned, mean ACT scores by high school, and the number and percentage of students taking developmental or remedial courses by subject.