ELA Content Standards and Resources

English Language Arts & Literacy Coordinator: Stephanie Swigart |  406-444-0736

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Grade Level Standards

To access a machine readable version of the official Montana Content Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy, please visit the IMS Global CASE Network site.  Create a free login, select Montana Office of Public Instruction, and view or download the standards.  The CASE version of the standards can be uploaded to student information systems, curriculum mapping programs, and a variety of other uses.

Professional Development

Virtual Synchronous

The Teacher Learning Hub 

Virtual Asynchronous

Looking for free, quality, online professional learning? Need more renewal units?  Take a look at the Teacher Learning Hub for a variety of online learning courses.


  • Using Writing to Teach Critical Thinking (1 hr)

  • Using Assessment to Enhance Writing (6 hrs)

  • Write From the Start, K-2 Writing Strategies (6 hrs)

  • Writing to Learn, 3-5 Writing Strategies (6 hrs)

  • Writing Accross The Disciplines in Middle School (6 hrs)

  • Writing Accross The Disciplines in High School (6 hrs)

  • Preparing Young Writers (15 hrs)


  • Taking Reading to the Next Level (6 hrs)

  • Supporting Readers with Informational Text (5 hrs)

  • Reading Between the Lines (3 hrs)


Our Montana Comprehensive Assessment System (MontCAS) is carefully designed to help all stakeholders in Montana provide the best possible equal, fair, and quality education for our Montana students. The Montana Assessment Roadmap outlines the entire process and suite of what our statewide assessment provides for eductaion in Montana. 


  • Tools for Teachers- Teacher created lesson plans aligned to our MT standards for math and ELA grades 3-12. Provide next steps after administer interim assessments.
  • (NEW!) SmART Smarter Balanced Annotated Response Tool- better understand how student writing is scored on Smarter Balanced assessments and support writing instruction in your school or classroom. Browse a range of response types, explore interactive scoring rationales and rubrics, and practice scoring on your own or with colleagues.
  • Smarter Balanced Content Explorer Site: Learn more about Smarter Balanced's blueprints, claims, targets, standards, and sample items.


SBAC Interim Assessments- grades 3-12


Learn more about ELA Summative Assessments on the Statewide Assessment Page:

Helpful Links

Smarter Balanced Resources: Montana

MontCAS Testing Portal

ELA Newsletter

English Language Arts & Literacy Coordinator  

Stephanie Swigart 



Return to the K-12 Content Standards home page.