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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.

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Michelle McCarthy, Science
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Content Standards Revision

Many of Montana's public school content standards haven't been updated in more than a decade. 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. At the direction of the Board of Public Education, the Office of Public Instruction began facilitation of content standards revision for Arts, Health Enhancement, and Science in 2015.

This video explains how the content standards revision process works, and how the newly-passed SB 345 fits into the standards process.


If you have any questions, please contact Jael Prezeau, Division Administrator, Content Standards and Instruction, at jprezeau@mt.gov or 406.444.3128.

Science

About Science Content Standards Revision
Montana's science content standards haven't been updated since 2006. The proposed standards will be grouped in three areas: (1) physical sciences, (2) life sciences, and (3) earth and space sciences. The standards being developed by content experts and educators are meant as a guide for teachers. These are not a set of curricula. The Board of Public Education will hold a public hearing on August 30, 2016, to gather comments prior to scheduling action on the proposed standards in September 2016.

Intro to Montana's 2016 Science Content Standards

Health Enhancement

About Health Enhancement Content Standards Revision
Montana’s health enhancement content standards haven’t been updated since 1999. The standards being developed by content experts and educators are meant as a guide for teachers. These are not a set of curricula. The Board of Public Education approved the standards on July 14, 2016, with an implementation date of July 1, 2017.

Arts

About Arts Content Standards Revision
Montana’s public school arts standards haven’t been updated since 2000. The new standards will be discipline-specific, instead of the previous version which included four artistic disciplines under one broad set of standards. In addition to traditional disciplines such as music, visual arts, theater and dance, the new standards will also include media arts. The standards being developed by content experts and educators are meant as a guide for teachers. These are not a set of curricula. The Board of Public Education approved the standards on July 14, 2016, with an implementation date of July 1, 2017.