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Learn more about the process and steps for amending 10.56.101 Student Assessment


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Negotiated Rulemaking Process Committee Information Official Notices Committee Resourses
  • OPI Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Selection Press Release
  • Meeting Notes
    • August 6, 2018
    • October TBD
    • November TBD
    • Proposed Amendment and New Rule Language  


The Student Assessment Negotiated Rulemaking Committee proposes the New Rule/Rule Amendment language below for ARM 10.56.101.

Click Below for the Proposed Language and the Economic Impact Survey.

  • Proposed New Rule/ Rule Amendment
  • Economic Impact Survey
  • Economic Impact Statement and Survey Results Summary

Learn more about Montana's involvement in the Enhanced Assessment Grant 


SCILLSS IconIn 2016, the US Department of Education (US DOE) awarded an Enhanced Assessment Grant (EAG) Program CFDA 84.368A to the “Strengthening Claims-Based Interpretations and Uses of Local and Large-Scale Science Assessments” (SCILLSS) project. Montana, Wyoming, and Nebraska were identified as state partners for this work. The multi-state SCILLSS grant will help the OPI identify a “Theory of Action” and framework using principled design approaches to create measurable and useful scores from defined assessment claims. In addition, the SCILLSS grant will help the OPI leverage work from other states and vendors while building our local capacity. Montana will work toward a comprehensive system of assessments for science through a staged process which requires significant input from stakeholders. For more information about SCILLSS, please visit the SCILLSS web site or the US DOE web site.

SCILLSS brings together three states with a team of researchers and a panel of experts on validity theory, principled-design, psychometrics, and STEM education to establish a foundation for creating enhanced science assessments. The lead state is Nebraska and the three partner organizations are ACS Ventures, SRI International, and PIRE, Inc. SCILLSS is funded for a 48-month period from 2017 through 2020 by an Enhanced Assessment Grant from the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the US Department of Education, awarded to the Nebraska Department of Education.

EAG LogoThis project will develop a comprehensive assessment approach that clarifies and strengthens the connection between statewide assessments, local assessments, and classroom instruction. Through the SCILLSS project, we are developing tools and resources that focus efforts on restructuring and re-engineering both large-scale and local science assessments to ensure standards alignment, support system coherence, and to yield scores with more meaningful information. This project will have cross-state applicability and generalizability beyond the states engaged in the project. Key facets, including tools and resources, of the state-specific work completed through this project will be adaptable to other states’ contexts and sustainable beyond the life of the project.

In the SCILLSS project, we propose to establish a foundation from which a broad range of enhanced science assessments that yield valid score interpretations can be built, evaluated, and shared across states, local education agencies, schools, and classrooms using a principled-design approach. To address this objective, SCILLSS is organized into six phases.

  • Phase 1 - project management activities to ensure that the project is managed appropriately.
  • Phase 2 - needs assessments to gather important information about the status and characteristics of state and local assessment systems.
  • Phase 3 - the creation of a validity evaluation framework that can be tailored to specific assessment types and contexts.
  • Phase 4 - focuses on the intra-assessment examination of performance level descriptors, task models, items, and blueprints and the creation of large-scale assessment design and development tools that target standards-based concepts and skills.
  • Phase 5 - involves the creation of classroom-based evidence and tools to support effective interpretations and uses of large-scale assessment results.
  • Phase 6 - involves project evaluation and reporting to evaluate states’ progress, guide next steps, and provide useful reports.