Montana

Montana Passes on A-F School Ratings

Matt Hoffman reports that Montana’s new, ESSA-based “report card for telling the public how schools are performing won’t assign an overall grade,” but will instead “focus on comparing schools across individual categories.”

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Seven More States Need Specifics

The Dept. of Education sent letters to Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming enumerating federal feedback on their ESSA plans.

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...

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MT’s ESSA Plan Receives Gubernatorial Approval

Montana’s ESSA plan received gubernatorial approval, “but it’s still unclear if it will be accepted by the U.S. Department of Education.” The plan “calls for students who have historically scored the lowest in tests—students in poor families, English learners, kids with disabilities, and Native Americans—to...

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MT Educators Meet to Draft ESSA Plan

Education groups met with Montana Office of Public Instruction to discuss the state’s draft ESSA plan. Montana officials have chosen to grade schools on college and career readiness, attendance, science proficiency and a yet to be created school survey.

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MT Releases Draft ESSA Plan for Public Comment

Montana School Superintendent Elsie Arntzen released the state’s draft ESSA plan for public comment and review. Arntzen said she wants to “ensure the plan reflects Montana’s unique education system,” and the “plan is an opportunity to promote local control and flexibility, and to put Montana...

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MT Draft ESSA Plan to be Available July 12

The Montana Office of Public Instruction announced that the state’s draft ESSA plan will be made available by July 12. Susie Hedalen, OPI director educational services and ESSA, stated, “We’re trying to get the word out because we want to make sure we hear from...

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State Superintendent Juneau Comments on ESSA Plan

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau issued a statement on the state’s ESSA plan after formally submitting the plan to the Dept. of Education. She stated that the plan “places a strong emphasis on school climate as a way to measure the health of...

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