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). The amendment provides a definition for “ineffective teacher” as required by ESSA and shows supporting evidence that low-income and minority children are not served at a disproportionate rate by ineffective, out-of-field, or inexperienced teachers.
“I want to thank the federal Department of Education for honoring Montana’s system of local control in education,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen. “This amendment focuses on ensuring that all Montana children have an opportunity to learn from high-quality educators while giving local school districts control over what a high-quality educator means to their community.”
The official letter that the OPI received from the Department which confirms approval of the amendment can be viewed on the OPI’s website. Background on the amendment to Montana’s state plan can be viewed at this link and this link. Additional information on ESSA can be viewed on the OPI’s ESSA webpage.
CONTACT: Dylan Klapmeier
Director of Communications, Montana Office of Public Instruction