ESSA Update



Planning Process to Define Ineffective Teacher in the State of Montana

Montana does not currently have a definition for ineffective teacher as the ESSA law requires and the Montana OPI would like to work collaboratively with our partners in education to define this term. This is a requirement of the federal government and must be done per the ESSA law to ensure that low income and minority children in Title I schools are not served at a disproportionate rate by ineffective, out-of-field, or inexperienced teachers.

Step 1: Research Within the Agency (January- March 2018)

  • Take a thorough look at how each state is defining ineffective teacher and take note of models that may work for Montana.
  • Seek Innovative ideas from within the agency and state.
  • Discuss the challenges of defining ineffective teacher in Montana and the issues with various models.
  • Select up to five models/definitions that could work in Montana.
  • Determine the best process for Montana.
  • Identify comprehensive and targeted support schools.

Step 2: Collaborate with Our Partners in Education (April-May 2018)

  • Present information, discuss, and allow for input and feedback on various options through multiple opportunities including face to face meetings and online webinars.
  • Analyze feedback and input.

Step 3: Implement Statewide (June-December 2018)

  • Review data collection.
  • Report to DOE.
  • Reflect on data and adjust services as needed.

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Susie Hedalen

Director of Educational Services & ESSA