Academic Achievement

Student performance in Oklahoma is very weak. Eighth graders stand 9 percentage points below the national average of 34% for students at or above the proficient level on the NAEP math exam.

Academic Achievement of Low-Income and Minority Students

Oklahoma earns a failing grade on academic achievement for low-income and minority students. A mere 9% of African-American 8th graders score at or above the proficient level on the NAEP math exam.

Return on Investment

Student achievement in Oklahoma is middling relative to state spending after controlling for cost of living. 

Truth in Advertising: Student Proficiency

Oklahoma posts mediocre marks on the credibility of its student proficiency scores. The grade is based on the difference between the percentage of students identified as proficient in reading and math on the 2011 state exams and the percentage identified as proficient on the 2011 NAEP reading and math tests.

Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness

Oklahoma earns a below average grade preparing its students for college and careers, with only 11 students in 100 passing an AP exam. 

21st Century Teacher Force

Oklahoma does a good job of creating a strong teacher workforce. The Sooner State is especially adept at removing ineffective teachers.

Parental Options

Oklahoma does a poor job providing parents with strong school choice options. While the state’s charter school law has improved in recent years, very few students are enrolled in schools of choice.

Data Quality

Oklahoma earns a below average grade collecting and reporting high-quality education data, with parents lacking access to data on their children’s academic progress. 


Oklahoma receives an average grade employing technology to provide quality instruction and personalized learning. Students have limited access to high-quality digital learning options, and the state has not provided the necessary funding to support digital learning. 

International Competitiveness

Oklahoma earns a very low grade preparing its students to compete in a global economy, with only 24% of students proficient in reading and math compared with an international standard. 

Fiscal Responsibility

Oklahoma receives high marks on fiscal responsibility. While only 65% of its pension is funded, the state’s most recent contribution was more than 100%.