Rural School Room (Perkins Harnly)
Local & State Resources

Oklahoma Academic Standards

Oklahoma Academic Standards serve as expectations for what students should know and be able to do by the end of the school year. Teaching standards can be useful tool in your child's success.

Oklahoma Academic Standards

Oklahoma Curriculum Frameworks (Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies)
The OSDE curriculum frameworks are sets of curricular resources developed by Oklahoma teachers to help educators translate the Oklahoma Academic Standards into classroom practice. They illustrate what is expected of students at each grade level by examining the intent of each standard and providing instructional options to support student learning.

 Oklahoma State Textbook Committee

The Oklahoma State Textbook Committee reviews all instructional materials for the state's public schools in regards to the state content standards.


Oklahoma Teacher Certification

The Teacher Certification office ensures that educators are properly credentialed and provides technical assistance to school districts, teachers, and college administrators regarding certification. The State Department of Education also has information on Emergency Teacher Certification.

Learn how to receive a teacher certification, renew your certification, and more.

Teacher Certification


Data & Statistics

  • Oklahoma Education Facts from the Oklahoma State School Boards Association provides enrollment, spending, staffing information, and more.

Virtual Charter Schools


What is a charter school?
A charter school is a public school that operates as a school of choice. Charter schools commit to obtaining specific educational objectives in return for a charter to operate a school. Charter schools are exempt from significant state or local regulations related to operation and management but otherwise adhere to regulations of public schools — for example, charter schools cannot charge tuition or be affiliated with a religious institution.

Oklahoma Virtual Charter Schools Program from the State Department of Education



Distance Learning


Distance learning resources for families are available from the State Board of Education.

Oklahoma Library of Digital Resources

The Oklahoma Library of Digital Resources launched in 2016 to provide Oklahoma educators with high-quality, interactive teaching resources. Oklahoma teachers have curated the digital resources, and created sample lessons, ensuring the materials are aligned to the state’s new academic standards.

Homeschooling in Oklahoma

See also Homeschooling in the Tulsa Area

Oklahoma is the only state with a constitutional provision guaranteeing the right to homeschool. Article 13, Section 4 of the Constitution of Oklahoma guarantees the homeschool exemption by stating that the legislature "shall" provide for the "compulsory attendance at some public or other school, unless other means of education are provided, of all children in the State who are sound in mind and body, between the ages of eight and sixteen, for at least three months each year."

Home School Legal Defense Association works to make homeschooling possible for every family that wants to do it. 

"In Oklahoma, there are no reporting and testing requirements for homeschool programs. As long as you teach for 180 days, you can legally operate a homeschool program following your own guidelines.

While there are no statutes requiring that certain subjects be taught, some Oklahoma courts have suggested that homeschool education should be equivalent or comparable to a public school education. For this reason, HSLDA strongly recommends that your homeschool curriculum include math, language arts, science, and social studies."


Oklahoma Historical Society

A brief history of homeschooling in Oklahoma can be found in Oklahoma Historical Society's encyclopedia


U.S. Government Resources

About Teaching

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook outlines required training, pay, job outlook, work environment and more:

Survival Guide for New Teachers (U.S. Department of Education)

What To Expect Your First Year of Teaching (U.S. Department of Education)

Teacher Loan Forgiveness (Federal Student Aid)

U.S. Department of Education grant program

Data & Statistics

Department of Education


  • The Nation's Report Card is the largest ongoing assessment of what U.S. students know and can do.

    Nation's Report Card

  • The Census Bureau provides information on a variety of educational topics, from educational attainment and school enrollment to school costs and financing.

    Census Bureau

  • The federal government has collected statistics on the condition and progress of American education since 1870. 120 Years of American Education: A Statistical Portrait is a valuable resource for historical data. 

    120 Years of American Education

Educator Resources & Curriculum

English Language Arts

  • From books and lesson plans to music and interactive videos, explore the American English collection from the U.S. Department of State.
  • The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections.
  • Living Nations, Living Worlds, U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s signature project, shows, through poetry, that Native people and poets have vital and unequivocal roots in the United States. The digital project features an ArcGIS StoryMap, which integrates an interactive national map of 47 contemporary Native poets, and connects to a newly developed Library of Congress audio collection featuring the participating poets reading and discussing their original poems.
  • Poetry 180 is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year.
  • Explore digitized rare gems in the Library of Congress' Rare Book & Special Collections
  • Find resources and opportunities to celebrate the wonder of reading at Read.gov. This service from the Library of Congress promotes books and libraries, literacy and reading, and poetry and literature.
  • Use Statistics in Schools to explore census data English language activities on topics such as young adulthood, college education, and population changes to teach students how to explain, evaluate, infer, persuade, compare, and more.

Fine Arts

  • EDSITEment offers free resources for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality K-12 humanities education materials in the subject areas of history and social studies, literature and language arts, foreign languages, arts, and culture.
  • Art has always been an important feature of federal architecture, making the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) one of the primary stewards and largest patrons of public art in America. Thousands of historical and contemporary artworks are displayed and maintained as part of the Fine Arts Collection chronicle the rich and complex history of the United States, enhance the experiences of citizens interacting with their government, and constitute an enduring and irreplaceable cultural legacy for the nation. 
  • The National Gallery of Art has a variety of resources and programs to teachers to foster understanding and a lifelong connection to art. 
  • The Oklahoma Arts Council offers online fine arts curriculum to ensure students across our state have access to arts education.
  • With the Smithsonian Learning Lab, teachers have access to millions of digital resources from across the Smithsonian's museums, research centers, libraries, archives, and more. 
  • The historic Treasury Collection represents one of the oldest and most intact collections of fine and decorative arts, furniture and architectural fragments in the Executive branch of the United States government.

Health Education

  • BAM! Body and Mind contains a variety of information and resources for teachers of grades 4-8 to use in the classroom and help students make healthier lifestyle choices.
  • Environmental Health Science Education is an education outreach tool of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), providing resources and classroom materials to educators. You can also find fun and educational materials related to health, science, and the environment on the agency's Kids page.
  • Find an array of environmental, health, and science-based lesson plans, activities, and ideas from the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • The FDA has resources on the importance of good nutrition.

  • The Health Educator’s Nutrition Toolkit is designed to help health educators teach students about the Nutrition Facts label, and how to use the information it provides to make healthier food choices.
  • Learn about everything from how the body works to what happens when you go to the hospital. MedlinePlus Children's Health includes quizzes, games, and more.
  • Help your students make every bite count with the USDA's MyPlate.
  • The National Library of Medicine has developed a wide variety of lesson plans and materials appropriate for K-12 classes on health and the history of medicine.
  • NIH curriculum supplements are teacher’s guides to two weeks of lessons on the science behind selected health topics.
  • Teach children the importance of nutrition, and physical activity using interactive websites and games from Nutrition.gov's Kids Corner.
  • Help your students learn their rights on the job, and to expect a safe workplace. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can help prevent job-related injuries and illnesses.
  • Ready is a national public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters.
  • Science and Our Food Supply is a free supplementary curriculum for middle level and high school classrooms.


  • Bring the Bureau of Labor Statistics into your classroom with these resources for teachers.
  • Charts are a great way of visualizing and comparing data, and you can make your own in minutes using Chart Maker from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Communicate information visually with Create a Graph from the National Center for Education Statistics.
  • With Space Math @ NASA, you will find hundreds of math problems related to all of the major astronomical objects from asteroids and planets to galaxies and black holes!
  • Statistics in Schools brings school subjects to life using real-world Census Bureau statistics to create materials for use year after year for K-12 students. Through topics such as family structures, immigration, and the value of education, show students how they can apply math and statistics to make real-life decisions and identify important changes in their community and country.

Personal Financial Literacy

  • Find activities to help teach and nurture the building blocks of financial capability across the curriculum from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Consumer information from the FTC is a resource for teaching about everyday financial issues.
  • Econ Ed at the St. Louis Fed includes free economics and personal finance lessons, activities, and readings provide flexibility and real-world connections.
  • This Great Depression curriculum from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis was designed to provide teachers with economic lessons they can share with their students to help them understand this significant experience in U.S. history.
  • Misadventures in Money Management is a cutting edge, graphic novel where you can choose your own adventure in a virtual learning experience that trains future and current servicemembers and their families on how to navigate future financial landmines in a fun and interactive way.
  • The FDIC's Money Smart for Young People series consists of curriculum products with age-appropriate lesson plans for educators.
  • The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) is an online publication with information on hundreds of occupations in the United States. The OOH is a rich resource for those seeking career guidance. 
  • Resources for Classrooms from the Securities and Exchange Commission includes tools and resources for educators.
  • $martPath is an engaging, interactive and easy-to-use way for elementary school teachers to embed relevant and fun economic and financial education in their classrooms. The Oklahoma Council on Economic Education also has Curriculum & Resources materials.
  • Teacher Online Resource Center is a joint project from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) providing tools to help teach financial education including lesson plans, videos, and other resources.
  • Federal Reserve Tools for Teaching with FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data) and Tools for Teaching with GeoFred (St. Louis Fed's online data mapping tool) incorporate tutorials, instructional guides, lesson plans and activities.
  • The U.S. Currency Education Program offers a wide range of educational and training resources.
  • The U.S. Mint provides free, complete lesson plans for grades K-12.
  • You Are Here game from the Federal Trade Commission lets students explore a virtual mall, play games, design ads, chat with customers and store owners, and much more. They will learn key consumer concepts, such as the affects advertising, benefits of competing businesses, how (and why) to protect personal information, and how to spot scams.

Physical Education

  • To learn more about benefits of physical activity, physical activity behaviors of young people, and recommendations, visit CDC Healthy Schools.
  • The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans provides evidence-based guidance to help Americans maintain or improve their health through physical activity.
  • Learn about the components that should be part of your fitness education and assessment process. The Presidential Youth Fitness Program has resources to help you conduct fitness assessments to promote your student’s health.
  • SNAP-Ed program resources teach important physical activity concepts.
  • We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition) is a national movement designed to help children stay at a healthy weight.


  • AirNow is your one-stop source for air quality data.
  • Bureau of Land Management education programs and materials help teachers and students understand resource areas, multiple-use land management, and how citizens can affect land use decisions.
  • The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's Environmental Studies Program has a variety of materials for encouraging ocean literacy, and marine science studies.
  • Digital Atlas of Ancient Life is a digitization project funded by the National Science Foundation. It has developed a number of exercises and activities for classroom use, arranged by grade level.
  • Find energy related stories, hands-on activities, and research articles for your classroom at EnergyKids. These curriculum-based lessons are separated by age-grade.
  • Find an array of environmental and science based lesson plans, activities and ideas from the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Everyday Mysteries will introduce students to the Library of Congress' rich collections in science and technology.
  • Experience science at home with Fermilab, America's particle physics and accelerator laboratory. Fermilab offers a wide variety of educational resources.
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) technology is in everything from cell phones and wristwatches to bulldozers, shipping containers, and ATM's. This curriculum uses GPS concepts, and applications to stimulate student interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
  • Enhance your students' scientific journey with GLOBE's teaching resources. Through Earth System Science posters, learning activities, and various other educational tools, our resources will help you engage your class in a collaborative approach to scientific exploration of the world around them.
  • The Mesonet, "Oklahoma's Weather Network", has partnered with teachers since 1992 via the EarthStorm program to increase the use of weather and climate in classroom science curriculum.
  • MIT Open Learning Library offers free online courses with interactive content.
  • At NASA Kids Club, you will find games of various skill levels for children pre-K through grade 4. These games support national education standards in STEM -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The agency also provides STEM resources for educators.

  • The National Library of Medicine Exhibition Program creates lively and informative exhibitions and educational resources on a variety of topics in the history of medicine.

  • Americans’ health, security, and economic well-being are closely linked to climate and weather, and there are many ways to approach climate and energy depending on the grade level, course topics and instructional method. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration educational resources can help. 
  • National Parks are America's largest classrooms. National Park Service educator resources includes lesson plans, primary sources, and more about these great places.
  • National Science Foundation has a diverse collection of lessons and web resources for educators and their students
  • The National Weather Service Teacher Resources can help with weather basics, severe weather, the sun or space weather, and many other topics.
  • Produced by the USDA Forest Service, the Natural Inquirer program produces a variety of science education materials for PreK through grade 12.
  • The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy supports research and development of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to strengthen U.S. economic growth, energy security, and environmental quality. 
  • Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom lessons include hands-on fun, making use of a subject and a substance that is very familiar and dear to most students - food!
  • Oklahoma Forestry Services resources include free curriculum, maps, and education coordinators providing events for your classroom or group.
  • Explore curriculum and resources available from the Smithsonian Science Education Center.
  • Think you know the real CIA? Secret gadgets, sneaking around in trench coats, danger around every corner? There's a little of that, but the real CIA is more complex, and interesting than you can imagine. Find out more at Spy Kids.
  • STEM Rising, a project of the Office of Public Affairs, highlights all of the ways the Energy Department supports science education and workforce development. 
  • Tulsa Rock & Mineral Society has curated and built curriculum and rock display boxes for use by area school libraries. TRMS members are also available as guest speakers.
  • Explore educational resources from the U.S. Botanic Garden.
  • The USDA offers resources for educators and students that supplement and enhance existing curricula in science and the social sciences.
  • The U.S. Energy Atlas is a comprehensive reference for data and interactive maps of energy infrastructure and resources in the United States.
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has many resources, lesson plans, and student activity guides ready for classroom use.
  • Tap into over 140 years of USGS research in the natural sciences in the form of lesson plans and activities, maps, podcasts, online lectures, videos and animations, and much more. There are thousands of ideas for using these resources in elementary, secondary, university, and informal education settings.
  • The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) helps students get excited and energized about their education by relating what they learn in school to their lives and future careers.

Social Studies


  • America's Founding Documents, known collectively as the Charters of Freedom, have secured the rights of the American people for more than two and a quarter centuries, and are considered instrumental to the founding and philosophy of the United States.
  • Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government, a service of the Government Publishing Office (GPO), is designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government.
  • The Bureau of Indian Affairs Superintendents' Annual Narrative and Statistical Reports is a historical series consisting of annual narrative and statistical reports. The reports consist of standard forms, submitted by agency superintendents or other persons in charge of field jurisdictions, with individual sections relating to population figures, school enrollment, health, industries, agriculture and livestock, forestry, irrigation, land ownership, employment, Government property, and other subjects.
  • By the People provides students of all ages with opportunities to explore and engagewith unique historical documents from the collections of the Library of Congress.
  • With the Citizenship Resource Center, educators will find several resources for the classroom on U.S. history, civics, and the naturalization process.
  • EDSITEment offers free resources for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality K-12 humanities education materials in the subject areas of history and social studies, literature and language arts, foreign languages, arts, and culture.
  • This Great Depression curriculum from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis was designed to provide teachers with economic lessons they can share with their students to help them understand this significant experience in U.S. history.
  • In KidCitizen’s interactive episodes, children explore civics and government concepts by investigating primary source photographs from the Library of Congress.
  • Kids in the House is provided by the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives with the mission to provide educational and entertaining information about the legislative branch of the United States Government to students of all ages.
  • Explore the Oklahoma History Center teacher's resource guides, which correlate with Oklahoma Academic Standards for Social Studies.
  • Learn art, history, and culture with The Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex.
  • Whether visiting the Capitol in person or teaching in the classroom, a range of activities, resources, and learning opportunities are available from the U.S. Capital Visitor's Center.
  • Find realistic simulations, and memorable, interactive approaches to court basics that include comparing federal and state courts with US Courts Educational Resources.
  • Have a question about the USA? Find answers to the most requested facts about the United States of America at USA.gov.
  • 100 Milestone Documents is a list compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration, and drawn primarily from its nationwide holdings. The documents chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965.

History & Culture

  • America's Story is brought to you from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the largest library in the world and the nation's library.
  • Use Chronicling America to search America's historic newspaper pages from 1777-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.
  • The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections.
  • Teach with documents using DocsTeach from the National Archives. Locate teachable primary sources, find new lessons, and create your own online or print activities for your students.
  • Founders Online includes correspondence, and other writings of seven major shapers of the United States: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams (and family), Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison. 
  • History Explorer is the National Museum of American History's online resource for teachers.

  • The Department of Energy traces its origins to World War II, and the Manhattan Project effort to build the first atomic bomb. 

  • National Archives has many resources for educators teaching remotely and homeschooling parents.

  • National Parks are America's largest classrooms. National Park Service educator resources includes lesson plans, primary sources, and more about these great places.
  • Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°) provides educational materials, virtual student programs, and teacher training that incorporate Native narratives, more comprehensive histories, and accurate information to enlighten and inform teaching and learning about Native America.
  • The Peace Corps' World Wise Schools program fosters an understanding of other cultures and global issues by providing online educational resources based on the Peace Corps experience and facilitating communication among U.S. learners and current and returned Peace Corps Volunteers.
  • Learning about the War of 1812 is fun for all ages with these games, and lesson plans from the National Parks Service.
  • Presidential Libraries and Museums present vast archives of documents, museums full of important Presidential artifacts, interesting educational and public programs, and informative web sites
  • ShareAmerica is the U.S. Department of State’s platform for sharing stories, and images on important topics like democracy, freedom of expression, innovation, entrepreneurship, education, and the role of civil society.
  • Using Statistics in Schools to explore Census data can give students a deeper understanding of historic events like the Missouri Compromise and social studies topics like women in the workforce.
  • Story Maps at the Library of Congress are immersive web applications that tell the incredible stories of the Library’s collections through narrative, multimedia, and interactive maps.
  • Teaching with Historic Places offers a series of more than 160 classroom-ready lesson plans that use historic sites as a means for exploring American history. Lessons can be browsed by theme, time period, state, and curriculum standards.
  • View the complete collection of U.S. Army Center of Military History publications in their online catalog.


  • Statistics in Schools can take students on a data-driven, cross-country scavenger hunt or engage them in the discovery of census data that highlights geography's impact on communities and lives.
  • Tap into over 140 years of USGS research in the natural sciences in the form of lesson plans and activities, maps, podcasts, online lectures, videos and animations, and much more.
  • The World Factbook provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

Oklahoma History 

  • Crossroads is a different kind of storytelling from the Oklahoma Historical Society. Each issue explores a chapter in the history of our state.
  • Use Documents.OK.Gov to access thousands of state government publications and documents that were available only through official Oklahoma state agency websites beginning in November 2006. Digitized versions of other selected state print publications dating back to 1978 are also available. 
  • From Indian heritage and Viking explorers to land runs and oil booms, Oklahoma has a history unlike any other state. Historical sites throughout the State honor Oklahoma's original residents, settlers and a wide variety of history making people and events. Find out more from Oklahoma Department of Tourism's History & Historical Sites
  • History in the Archives from Oklahoma Department of Libraries provides lesson plans, and related information to encourage the use of primary source materials in the teaching of Oklahoma history.
  • Muscogee (Creek) Nation History
  • National Parks Service sites in Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma Digital Prairie provides visitors unique digital content spanning more than 100 years of rich, vibrant history from the 46th State.
  • Oklahoma: Selected Library of Congress Primary Sources The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching.
  • Oklahoma State Symbols
  • Oklahoma Statehood Bill (January 20, 1906)
  • Housed in the historical records of the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate at the Center for Legislative Archives are many documents that illuminate Congress's role in Oklahoma's Statehood process on November 16, 1907.
  • 1921 Tulsa Race Riot/Massacre
    The John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation has a Curriculum Resource page designed to provide educators with material that will cover the 1921 Race Riot/Massacre, Black Wall Street, and the people and places of the Historic Greenwood District.