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2019 State Test Scores Show Little Change in Math and English Proficiency from Last Year for Elementary and Middle School Students
HELENA— The Office of Public Instruction has released Montana’s 2018-2019 school year statewide assessment results for elementary and middle school students. The Smarter Balanced Assessment is used to show proficiency in math and English language arts (ELA) for students in grades 3...
Montana Receives 5-Year, $50 Million Federal Literacy Grant
HELENA—The Office of Public Instruction announced Wednesday that Montana has received a 5-year, $50 million Striving Readers Comprehensive State Development Program literacy grant through the U.S. Department of Education. The Montana Comprehensive Literacy State Development Project...
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Mitchell Zais to Visit Montana High Schools During Back to School Tour
As part of the U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 National Back to School Tour, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Mitchell Zais will travel to Pryor and-Billings, Montana, to visit unique schools working to meet the needs of students—Plenty Coups High School, Arrow Creek...
2019 ACT Composite Results Remain Unchanged from 2018; Slight Increases in Math and English Language Arts Proficiency
HELENA—The Office of Public Instruction announced Montana’s 2019 ACT results today. The overall state composite score in 2019 was 19.6, the same as in 2018 and down from 2017 and 2016 composites of 19.7 and 20.0 respectively. The ACT is Montana’s statewide assessment for high...
Superintendent Arntzen Announces Linda Rost of Baker as Montana’s 2020 Teacher of the Year

BAKER, MT—State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen joined Baker High School students, teachers, and administrators Tuesday morning to congratulate Linda Rost on being named Montana’s 2020 Teacher of the Year.

Superintendent Arntzen's Back to School Message

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2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Shows Fewer Students Engaged in Risky Behaviors Related to Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Use, Driving, and Sex; Increases in Vaping, Obesity, Depression, and Suicide
HELENA—The results of the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey are now available from the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI). 95% of Montana middle schools participated and 94% of high schools participated. The biennial survey assists educators and health professionals in determining...
The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) and Montana Office of Public Instruction are pleased to announce that Montana high school juniors and seniors are eligible for a $10,000 college scholarship and all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C to tour our nation’s Capital and visit...
The Office of Public Instruction School Nutrition Program is announcing all Montana educational organizations that participate in and offer free and reduced-price school meals or free milk. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reimburses organizations for healthy meals served to enrolled students...
U.S. Department of Education Approves Amendment to Montana’s State Education Plan

HELENA—On July 3rd, the Montana Office of Public Instruction received notice that the U.S. Department of Education has approved Montana’s amendment to our state plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).