The state board of public education establishes and maintains standards for all public schools in Montana to guarantee that all students receive the benefit of attending accredited schools under the Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) Chapter 55. ARM Chapter 55 also requires school districts to develop, implement, and evaluate continuous school improvement plans, make the plans available to the public, and review them on an annual basis.

School districts not meeting accreditation standards can apply for a variance to a standard or section of standards that pertain to educator licensure and endorsement, and content standards. 

OPI ARM 10.55

Negotiated Rulemaking

Related Links


  • Click Here for the Montana Hazard and Emergency Response
    Plans Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Webpage.
             Click Here 
to complete the Economic Impact Survey Questionnaire
  • Click Here for the Montana Suicide Prevention and Response
    Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Webpage.

Accreditation and Educator Preparation

Related Links

  • Click Here for the Educator Preparation Main Webpage. 
  • Click Here for the Montana Educator Performance Appraisal System (Montana-EPAS) Webpage.  


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Linda Vrooman Peterson, Division Administrator, 406.444.5726
Patty Muir, Accreditation Program Director, 406.444.4317
VACANT, Professional Learning Specialist, 406.444.0769
Nathan Miller, Accreditation Data Specialist, 406.444.2410
Gigi Bottenfield, Temporary, Data Control Technician, 406.444.3114
Harlan Reidmohr, Data Control Technician, 406.444.1852