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OPI’s Legislative Priorities for Education Advanced this Session
HELENA— With House Bill 601 being signed into law today, the Office of Public Instruction’s policy and budget priorities for education in Montana have been advanced this legislative session.
HELENA—Senate Bill 132, the Student Safety Accountability Act, was signed into law today after receiving unanimous support from the Montana Senate and passing the Montana House 98-1. The Office of Public Instruction was an earlier proponent of Senate Bill 132, which criminalizes sexual...
Montana’s New School, District, and State Report Cards Now Available
HELENA— The Montana Office of Public Instruction announced today that report cards for Montana schools, districts, and the state are now publicly available. The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires state, district, and school-level data to be displayed on report cards in a...
HELENA— The Montana Senate concurred with House amendments to Senate Bill 132 today, sending the bill to the Governor. SB 132, the Student Safety Accountability Act, is sponsored by Senator Keith Regier of Kalispell. It recognizes that educators are in a position of trust and authority...
HELENA – Governor Bullock and Superintendent Arntzen issued a letter this week encouraging district superintendents and school boards in Montana to use existing flexibility in current regulations to offer students courses in computer science and programming to fulfill graduation...
2019 State of Education Address

Below is the transcript of the 2019 State of Education Address delivered by State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen

2020 Montana Teacher of the Year Nominations and Applications Now Open
HELENA—The Office of Public Instruction announced today that nomination and application forms are available for the 2020 Montana Teacher of the Year Program. Members of the public can fill out a simple form to nominate a teacher. Teachers can self-nominate by filling out an application....
The OPI’s Biennial Indian Education for All Rotunda Day This Friday
HELENA—The Office of Public Instruction is hosting its biennial Indian Education for All (IEFA) Rotunda Day this Friday, January 18th, in the Montana Capitol. The purpose of the event is to highlight Montana’s constitutional and statutory recognition of our state’s American...
The OPI Announces Record High Graduation Rates for Montana in 2018
HELENA—The Office of Public Instruction announced Thursday that Montana saw record high graduation rates for students in 2018. The statewide four-year cohort graduation rate for the 2017-2018 school year was 86.4 percent, the highest percentage since 2011 when the state began using a...
OPI Hosting Statewide Data and Assessment Conference
HELENA—The Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) will be hosting its annual statewide Data and Assessment Conference January 14th and 15th in Bozeman. This year, there will be additional emphasis on data-driven student growth. The theme of the conference is “Get READY for...
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