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What Higher Education Leaders Should Know

The Montana Common Core Standards, Montana’s English Language Arts and Mathematics standards, ensure that our students graduate prepared for college and the workforce. The standards are higher and clearer than our previous standards and provide a grade-by-grade pathway that gives all students an opportunity for a high quality education. The new standards set an expectation that students graduating from high school will be capable of successfully completing first-year college courses.

Successful implementation of the Montana Common Core Standards requires active participation from higher education leaders and faculty from a broad range of disciplines to help support a vision of college readiness and to incorporate the standards into teacher preparation programs and in-service teacher professional development.

Montana College and Universities Support the Montana Common Core Standards:
Faculty from Montana colleges and universities have been involved in the review of the Standards as well as the development of the new Smarter Balanced state assessment. Leaders from Montana Council of Deans of Education have stated the standards will help them “align curricula within the K-12 system and reduce the numbers of students requiring post-secondary developmental education.” Download the statement of support from Carroll College, MSU-Billings, MSU, MSU-Northern, Rocky Mountain College, Salish Kootenai College, University of Great Falls, U of M, and U of M Western.


OPI English Language Arts and Mathematics Webpages
Looking for content specific information? The OPI’s Content Standards and Instruction coordinators have content specific information on standards, instruction, curriculum, assessment, and other resources. For more information, contact Mathematics Instructional Coordinator, Jake Warner at and English Language Arts Instructional Coordinator, Christy Mock-Stutz at

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) is a multi-state organization working together to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college and career readiness. Montana will use the Smarter Balanced assessment for state and federal accountability purposes beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.

Higher Ed for Higher Standards
Higher Ed for Higher Standards is a growing coalition of college and university leaders from across the country who believe that college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core State Standards, are critical to improving student success in K-12 and beyond.