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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...
The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) and Montana Office of Public Instruction are pleased to announce that Montana high school juniors and seniors are eligible for a $10,000 college scholarship and all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C to tour our nation’s Capital and visit...
U.S. Department of Education Approves Amendment to Montana’s State Education Plan

HELENA—On July 3rd, the Montana Office of Public Instruction received notice that the U.S. Department of Education has approved Montana’s amendment to our state plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

HELENA—The Montana Office of Public Instruction announced 11 recipients of federal 21st Century Community Learning Center grants today. The grants fund after school and summer programs. The OPI received 31 applications and awarded over $2.1 million to the 11 successful applicants this...
Endless Opportunities for Students Under the Big Sky

State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen's End of the School Year Message

2019 State of Education Address

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

Bonner Teacher Named 2019 Montana Teacher of the Year
Bonner, MT—State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen joined Bonner School District students, teachers, and administrators this morning to announce that Dylan Huisken has been selected as the 2019 Montana Teacher of the Year. Mr. Huisken is a middle school social studies teacher in Bonner. He will...
Superintendent Arntzen Announces New State Assessment Director, Assessment Updates
HELENA—After a rigorous selection process, State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen announced on Monday that Ashley McGrath has been hired as Montana’s new State Assessment Director. Ashley has been working at the Office of Public Instruction since 2012 as Montana’s National...
Superintendent Arntzen to Participate in President Trump’s Federal Commission on School Safety Hearing in Cheyenne, WY
HELENA—State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen has been invited by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in an upcoming listening session of President Trump’s Federal Commission on School Safety. The listening session will take place in Cheyenne, Wyoming and will feature...
Superintendent Arntzen Announces $1.1 Million in Restored Education Funding
HELENA—State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen announced that K-12 education in Montana will have $1.1 million in funding restored after more positive state budget outlooks were announced last week. Today, the Office of Public Instruction sent the Governor’s Budget Office plans for...
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