State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - Oklahoma

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 5 Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 10-105
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5 on or before September 1 Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 18-108
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Opt-out: Parental waiver. Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 10-105
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? Yes Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 10-105
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Yes — Full-Day Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 18-108
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 6 hours per day for K-3 grades (~1,080 hours/year). Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 18-108;
Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 1-111
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? 1:20 or 2:29 with a full-time teacher's assistant. Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 18-113.1;
Okla. Admin. Code 210:35-5-42
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Teacher preparation: Teacher candidates must know, understand and use knowledge of the relationship between oral language and literacy as well as know and apply strategies and instructional approaches to support reading comprehension.
Professional Development: The State Board of Education must develop, offer, and administer professional development institutes to train elementary school teachers in reading education, subject to the availability of funds. Grant Program: Grants are available for schools that teach K-3, the grant program supports K-3 teachers, instructional leaders, and principals through a five-day professional development institute in the instruction of reading. Programs also provide schools with a three-day follow-up professional development institute in elementary school reading. Schools receiving the grant received continued support for teacher development at their schools, including four days of professional development for principals and literacy resource specialists, and six days of on-site visits by a program consultant.
Okla. Admin. Code 210:20-9-172;
Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 6-200
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Teacher Preparation: Teacher candidates must have knoweldge of how young children think, process information, and develop concepts in mathematics, among other content areas. Professional Development: The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation must offer professional development, subject to the availability of funds, on mathematics content knowledge and methodology to kindergarten through third grade teachers. Okla. Admin. Code 210:20-9-172; Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 6-195.2
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Early Childhood Education Certificate, pre-kindergarten through grade 3. Elementary School Certificate, grades 1 through grade 8. Okla. Admin. Code 210:20-9-9
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? The State Board of Education shall develop and implement a readiness screening program for students enrolled in kindergarten. The screening must be administered prior to the student entering first grade. Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 1210.282
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? The results must be made available to the child's parent or legal guardian, teacher and school district administrator. Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 1210.282
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Not specified in statutes, rules or regulation.
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulation.
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? State approved reading assessments are administered to students in K-3 at the beginning and end of each school year. Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 1210.508C
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? The results of the KEA must be made available to the child's parent or legal guardian, teacher and school district administrator. The K-3 reading assessments inform interventions and progress monitoring procedures. Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 1210.282
Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 1210.508C
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Students who are found not to be reading at grade level, as measured by K-3 reading assessments, are entitled to individualized remediation in reading until the student is determined by the results of a screening instrument to be reading at grade level. Interventions may include: additional instructional time, after school tutoring, and summer school programs. Students that have been retained must engage in a minimum of ninety minutes of daily uninterrupted, scientific-research-based reading instruction as well as any of the following interventions: individualized instruction, small group instruction, reduced teacher-student ratio, progress monitoring, tutoring or mentoring, transition classes containing third and fourth grade students, extended day/week/year programs, and summer school. Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 1210.508C
Is there a third grade retention policy? Retention is allowed for students who are not eligible for automatic promotion, with exception for good cause. If the student's Reading Proficiency team unanimously recommends probationary promotion, the student will be advanced to fourth grade. With probationary promotion, the team will continue to review the students reading performance. Retained students can be promoted mid-year, prior to November 1st, upon demonstrating a level of proficiency required to score at grade level on the statewide third-grade assessment. Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 1210.508C
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Parents must be notified if their child has not met the proficiency standard for promotion. Parents must be provided updates throughout the intervention process. Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 1210.508C
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? An understanding of social and emotional learning is a required competency for early childhood education licensure. Okla. Admin. Code 210:20-9-172

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