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 webpage.


MontCAS Logo This 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
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  • Information on the Assessment and Tested Grades: Smarter Balanced is the general math and reading/language arts assessment for academic achievement reporting in Grades 3–8.
  • The OPI Published Guidance or Accessibility and Accommodation Guidelines: The Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines (UAAG)
  • 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



  • Information on the Assessment and Tested Grades: ACT with Writing is the general math, reading/language arts, and science assessment for academic achievement reporting in Grade 11. 
  • The OPI Published Guidance or Accessibility and Accommodation Guidelines
  • The Eligibility Criteria
  • The Accommodations Request Process Step-by-Step
  • 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



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  • Information on the Assessment and Tested Grades: Montana Science Assessment is 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


  • Information on the Assessment and Tested Grades: ACCESS for ELLs and WIDA Screener is the English Language Proficiency assessment for academic achievement reporting for English Learners (EL) in Grades K–12.
  • The OPI Published Guidance or Accessibility and Accommodation Guidelines
  • 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.
  • 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


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  • Information on the Assessment and Tested Grades: Multi-State Alternate Assessment is the alternate math and reading/language arts assessment for academic achievement reporting in Grades 3–8 and 11 for students with significant cognitive disabilities. 
  • The OPI Published Guidance or Accessibility and Accommodation Guidelines
  • 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.
  • 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



  • Information on the Assessment and Tested Grades: Alternate Montana Science Assessment is the alternate science assessment for academic achievement reporting in Grades 5, 8, and 11 for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
  • The OPI Published Guidance or Accessibility and Accommodation Guidelines
  • 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.
  • 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




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 2019-2020 Test Calendar Button below.
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