This webpage has been created to provide school districts with information on supporting students with participation in the statewide assessments.  The purpose of accessibility supports is to eliminate the effects of student barriers that prevent them from demonstrating what they know and can do.  All students can work toward grade-level academic content standards via differentiation and appropriately selected supports and accommodations.  For additional resources and guides, please visit the Montana Statewide Assessments: Accessibility Resources webpageThis page is organized to provide information on the following topics by each assessment that is required in Montana under the Montana Comprehensive Assessment System (MontCAS).

  • Information on the Assessment and Tested Grades
  • The OPI Published Guidance or Accessibility and Accommodation Guidelines
  • The Eligibility Criteria
  • The Decision-Making Process and Resources
  • Timelines and Schedules
  • The Test Delivery System Specifications and/or Clarifications
  • The Test Delivery System User Guide
  • Parent/Guardian Resources
 Smarter Balanced  ACT
 MSA
  • The general science assessment for academic achievement reporting in Grades 5 and 8. 
  • The OPI Published Guidance or Accessibility and Accommodation Guidelines
  • The Eligibility Criteria
  • The Decision-Making Process and Resources
  • Timelines and Schedules
  • The Test Delivery System Specifications and/or Clarifications
  • The Test Delivery System User Guide
  • Parent/Guardian Resources

 

 ACCESS for ELLs
  • The English Language Proficiency assessment for academic achievement reporting for English Learners (EL) in Grades K–12.
  • The Eligibility Criteria: Eligibility and Identification Criteria for English Learners This document assists STCs with understanding the decision-making process and MontCAS criteria used to inform EL Specialists in the criteria for being considered an EL.
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 MSAA

 

 AMSA 
  • The alternate science assessment for academic achievement reporting in Grades 5, 8, and 11 for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
  • The Eligibility Criteria: Eligibility Criteria Worksheet for Alternate Assessments - Information and form to assist IEP teams in determining whether a student should participate in the alternate assessments.
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Statewide Assessment Participation and Registration Guide - This guide explains participation policies and registration processes for the Montana Comprehensive Assessment System (MontCAS).  
 
Meaningful Participation in Statewide Assessments Training - This training focuses on increasing educator knowledge about federal requirements and options for participation in statewide assessments.
 
The Schedule of Assessments is published in the 2020-2021 Test Calendar Button below.