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“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...
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...
National Blue Ribbon School Honors for Three Montana Schools
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized three Montana schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
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...
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