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Content Standards & Instruction

The Content Standards and Instruction team provides leadership and resources for
PK-20 educators to ensure all Montana children are prepared for the future.

Academic Standards

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Questions about standards and learning? Contact the CSI Team:

Colet Bartow, Director
406.444.3583

Michelle McCarthy, Science
406.444.3537

Jessica Bryant, Online Professional Learning
406.444.3557

Vacant, Library-Information Literacy

Christy Mock-Stutz, English Language Arts/Literacy
406.444.0736

Jake Warner, Mathematics
406.444.0706

Marjorie O’Rourke, Professional Learning Data Specialist
406.444.3538

Wanda Arlint, Administrative Assistant 406.444.0716

Content Standards Revision

The Board of Public Education adopts a regular schedule for revision of that relies on collaboration with the Office of Public Instruction, school leaders, and current research. Public comment and input is sought at each stage of the revision process.

Content standards include a broad set of subject areas that outline what a student should know and be able to do. The content standards are not a set of curricula, but rather a guide for teachers and school leaders.

For questions, please contact the OPI Content Standards and Instruction Division at opicsi@mt.gov.

Content Standards Revision Schedule

Revision Schedule*

Cycle I September 2016-July 2019

  • Content Standards: Social Studies, Career and Technical Education, Digital Literacy/Computer Science
  • Research and Review - September 2016-April 2017
  • Revision - May-October 2017
  • Negotiated Rulemaking - November 2017-2018
  • Adoption - September 2018
  • Begin Implementation - July 1, 2019

Cycle II January 2019- July 2021

  • Content Standards: Mathematics, World Languages
  • Research and Review - January - April 2019
  • Revision - May-October 2019
  • Negotiated Rulemaking - November 2019-March 2020
  • Adoption - September 2020
  • Begin Implementation - July 1, 2021

Cycle III January 2021-July 2023

  • Content Standards: English Language Arts/Literacy and English Learners, Health & Physical Education
  • Research and Review - January-April 2021
  • Revision - May-October 2021
  • Negotiated Rulemaking - November 2021-March 2022
  • Adoption - September 2022
  • Begin Implementation - July 1, 2023

Cycle IV - January 2023-July 2025

  • Content Standards: Arts, Science
  • Research and Review - January-April 2023
  • Revision - May-October 2023
  • Negotiated Rulemaking - November 2023-March 2024
  • Adoption - September 2024
  • Begin Implementation - July 1, 2025

*This schedule may change based on resource availability or other factors.

BPE Content Standards Revision Schedule, Process, Guidelines, and Considerations

Science

About Science Content Standards Revision
Montana's science content standards were updated in September 2016 with an implementation date of July 1, 2017. The standards are grouped in three areas: (1) physical sciences, (2) life sciences, and (3) earth and space sciences. The standards are meant as a guide for teachers. They are not a curriculum. The documents listed below are a record of the revision process. To access the new standards, please visit the Academic Standards page or MontanaTeach.org.

Intro to Montana's 2016 Science Content Standards

Health Enhancement

About Health Enhancement Content Standards Revision
Montana's Health Enhancement content standards were updated in July 2016 with an implementation date of July 1, 2017. The standards include separate sections for health and physical education. The standards are meant as a guide for teachers. They are not a curriculum. The documents listed below are a record of the revision process. To access the new standards, please visit the Academic Standards page or MontanaTeach.org.

Arts

About Arts Content Standards Revision
Montana's Arts content standards were updated in July 2016 with an implementation date of July 1, 2017. The new standards are discipline-specific for music, visual arts, theater, dance, and media arts. The standards are meant as a guide for teachers. They are not a curriculum. The documents listed below are a record of the revision process. To access the new standards, please visit the Academic Standards page or MontanaTeach.org.

Computer Science

About the Digital Literacy and Computer Science Guide
In December 2016, the Office of Public Instruction released a guide for schools that want to offer high-quality digital literacy and computer science courses. The OPI, in collaboration with an advisory committee made up of educators and business leaders, has developed computer science guidelines modeled after the Massachusetts framework. The voluntary digital literacy and computer science guidelines received a stamp of approval from educators in small and large Montana school districts. In order to support the guidelines, the OPI is developing professional development opportunities for educators.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science Guidelines