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School Safety Professional Development Grants Now Available
HELENA—State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen announced this week that applications are now available for school districts to apply for school safety professional development grants. House Bill 601 was passed by the 2019 Legislature at the request of the Office of Public Instruction to better...

On Thursday, October 24th, schools across Montana will be participating in Montana Crunch Time, a celebration of local food and National Farm to School Month. Montana Crunch Time encourages people to eat locally and regionally grown apples at a predetermined date and time.

Superintendent Arntzen Announces Jenifer Cline as Montana’s New Student Support Services Director
HELENA— State Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen announced Wednesday that Jenifer Cline has been hired as Montana’s new Director of Student Support Services. Ms. Cline will oversee the Office of Public Instruction’s special education, gifted & talented, and...
Office of Public Instruction Seeking Applicants for Negotiated Rulemaking Regarding Updates to Montana’s Content Standards for Education
HELENA—The Office of Public Instruction is seeking applicants for three negotiated rulemaking committees related to K-12 content standards revision. Applications from interested parties are needed to serve on one of three committees:  Career and Technical/Vocational Education, Social...
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.

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...