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Superintendent Arntzen Announces Second Consecutive Year of Record High Graduation Rates for Montana

HELENA—Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen announced Thursday that Montana once again saw record-high graduation rates for high school students in 2019, surpassing the previous year’s record high.

Opinion Letter from Superintendent Elsie Arntzen and Senator Cary Smith

HELENA—The Office of Public Instruction has established three Negotiated Rulemaking Committees (NRCs) to review Montana’s K-12 education state Content Standards in the areas of Social Studies, Career & Technical Education, Computer Science, Technology, and Library Media.

“Nation’s Report Card” Shows Montana Students Above the National Average in Reading and Math Proficiency, but Trending Down
HELENA—The 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), or “Nation’s Report Card”, was released today by the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is the only national standardized assessment that measures math and reading proficiency for students in all 50...
Heather Denny Honored as the McKinney-Vento State Coordinator of the Year Winner by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
Washington, DC — The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) has awarded their McKinney-Vento State Coordinator of the Year Award to Heather Denny, Montana State Coordinator for Homeless Education. Denny will receive this honor during the 31st Annual...
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...
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