Montana



State Governance

State Board of Education

The Montana state board of education consists of seven members each serving a seven-year term. Board members are appointed by the governor. Additionally, the Board includes a non-voting student member serving a two-year term.

The state board has authority over:

  • Content Standards Adoption
  • Teacher Licensure
  • Summative Assessments
  • Appoints Chief State School Officer

Governor

Steve Bullock (D)

Chief State School Officer

Elsie Arntzen

Elected by a partisan ballot

State Context

State Demographics

Public Education Enrollment by Special Populations:

Free and Reduced Price Lunch: 41.6%

English Language Learners: 2.3%

Served by IDEA: 11.4%

 

2015 NAEP State Data

Reading scores for Grade 4 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Readings scores for Grade 4 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Science scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Graduation Rates

Adjusted cohort graduation rates between 2011 and 2015:

 

Charter Schools

Year Charter School Law was Enacted: No Charter School Law

ESSA Plan & Implementation

Montana intends to submit its ESSA consolidated application to the U.S. Department of Education on April 3, 2017. Learn more about Montana’s ESSA approach.