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Superintendent Arntzen Welcomes Montana Legislators Back to Helena;  OPI Hosting Informational Sessions on Student Safety, CTE, and Assessment
HELENA—Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen welcomed Montana Legislators back to Helena on Monday as they begin their Legislative Week. Legislators will be gathering in Helena for interim committee meetings, training, and to discuss the possibility of moving to annual...
Montana Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program
January 9, 2020, Washington, D.C. —The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) announces that high school students Ms. Sofie Elaine Kruse and Mr. Hayden William Massar will join Senator Jon Tester and Senator Steve Daines in representing Montana in the nation’s capital during the...
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...