State Superintendent of Public Instruction
The Office of the Superintendent
The people of Montana have elected a State Superintendent of Instruction as one of the five members of the Executive Branch since 1889. Montana demonstrates the high value it places on educating our children, by electing a State Superintendent for K-12 public education who is accountable directly to Montana citizens.
By law, the State Superintendent has general supervision of the K-12 public schools and districts. The State Superintendent also serves as a member of the Land Board, the State Library Commission, and as an ex-officio non-voting member of the Board of Public Education, the Board of Regents for the University System, and the Board of Education.
Board of Education
Montana Council on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
Communications with US Department of Education
Testing Participation Waiver Request
2016 Montana Notice to LEA: Peer Review Waiver
2015 Montana Plan to Ensure Equitable Accesss to Quality Educators
USED Approval of AYP Waiver Request
AYP Waiver Request
USED Approval of No Double-Testing Request
Official MT No Double Testing Waiver Request
SBAC field test 2014
ESEA Waiver Decline
Compliance Report Regarding Frozen AMOs
Amend Montana Accountability Workbook
Teacher and Principal Evaluation Data
Raising AMOs and ESEA Reauthorization
Charter School Requirement in SIG
Education Issues Facing Rural States
Duncan Response to MT Regarding AMOs
Montana State Land Board
The Superintendent of Public Instruction is a member of the State Land Board. The land board oversees the management of 5.2 million acres of Montana school trust land.
State trust lands are managed by the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Trust Land Management Division. Timber, surface, and mineral resources are managed for the benefit of the common schools and the other endowed institutions in Montana, under the direction of the State Board of Land Commissioners.
State Land Board meetings are held on the third Monday of each month.
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New Report Ranks Montana 17th in the Nation for Identifying Homeless StudentsMonday, June 26, 2017, 5:36 pm
By Dylan Klapmeier
New Report Ranks Montana 17th in the Nation for Identifying Homeless Students
June 26, 2017
HELENA— The Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness released a national report which ranks states on how well they identify and serve homeless youth. Montana is ranked 17th out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Superintendent Arntzen reviewed the report with OPI’s homeless education coordinator to discuss how Montana can better serve our homeless student population.
Montana is working to better serve our homeless students through our state plan for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Superintendent Arntzen pulled back Montana’s plan on March 13th in order to update and build upon the plan. An important reason for this is that one of three new federal requirements from March requires state ESSA plans to advise and prepare homeless youth for college and careers.
“We must do better to serve all Montana students. Montana’s constitutional requirement to develop the full educational potential of each person is a priority as State Superintendent. I am proud that Montana’s ESSA state plan will have a strategy to address the needs of homeless students by beginning with better identification,” Arntzen said Monday.
During the 2015-2016 school year there were 3,058 homeless students counted in Montana. The number of homeless students has historically been underreported, especially with reservation communities. Part of the solution for identifying and serving will be creating a focused campaign to bring awareness to the increased risk of mental health issues and suicide among homeless youth.
“We have gone down in the rankings from 10th to 17th. Even though our rank went down, we improved in four of the five indicators and are continuing to work with communities to identify homeless youth,” Heather Denny, OPI’s Instructional Coordinator for Educational Opportunity and Equity, said Monday.
Superintendent Arntzen will release a draft of Montana’s full state ESSA plan on July 12th for public input. More information can be found on OPI’s website.
CONTACT: Dylan Klapmeier
Media Assistant, Montana Office of Public Instruction
(1) providing legal advice and services to the Superintendent in connection with special education;
(2) assisting with appeals from County Superintendent decisions;
(3) representing the State Superintendent and OPI in court proceedings;
(4) providing legal services and advice in connection with teacher certification, denial, suspension and revocation;
(5) assisting with the adoption and amendment of administrative rules;
(6) assisting with legislation; and
(7) production of "School Laws of Montana."
The Legal and the Special Education Divisions of the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) have created the Early Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP provides technical assistance to parents, school districts, and advocacy organizations, related to the delivery of a free appropriate public education for;students with disabilities. The Early Assistance Program Director is available to intercede prior to or at the time of filing a formal complaint with the OPI. The EAP Director will gather information pertinent to the situation and attempt to resolve an issue within 15 school days. With permission from the parents, the EAP process may exceed 15 days.
Our philosophy is to resolve issues amicably and, whenever possible, prevent expensive and emotionally challenging legal entanglements. When provided with the opportunity to discuss the issues at hand in a less formal and confrontational venue, parents and schools can reach agreement without undermining the relationships necessary to ensure the smooth delivery of special education services to students with disabilities.
Mandi Gibbs, Early Assistance Program Director, 406.444.5664
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Legal Information Institute, Cornell University
National School Boards Association
National School Boards Association Annual Notices (prepared by NSBA)
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In order to assist citizens, school districts, and county superintendents, OPI legal staff, together with County Superintendents Marsha Davis and Rachel Vielleux, prepared a flow chart and sample forms to be used as guides in the transfer process.
Links to PDF versions of these documents are provided below. If you need the documents in a Word file, please contact the OPI Legal Division at 444.4402 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
These territory transfer documents are only for general information to provide a broad guide in effecting a territory transfer. They should not be relied upon as constituting legal advice or definitive forms. You should seek legal assistance in drafting documents specific to your particular needs.
Petition to Transfer School District Territory
Resolution of Board of Trustees - Transferring District
Resolution of Board of Trustees - Receiving District
Sample Letter re Transferring
Sample Transfer Order
Territory Transfer Flow Chart
Territory Transfer Law
Office of Public Instruction
Notice of Public Hearing on Distribution of Oil and Gas production taxes
Amended Notice of Public Hearing on School Finance rules
Notice of Public Hearing on rules related to School Finance
Notice of Negotiated Rulemaking for Science Content Standards
Special Education Rules – Notice of Amendment and Repeal
Notice of Hearing on Amendment and Repeal of Special Education rules
Notice of Negotiated Rulemaking regarding Art Content Standards
Negotiated rule making notice for Health Enhancement rules
Negotiated rule making notice for Oil and Gas rules
Board of Public Education
Notice of Adoption of Art Standards (275)
Notice of Adoption of Health and Physical Education Standards (276)
Notice of Adoption, Amendment and Repeal of Science Standards (277)
Notice of Hearing – Health and Physical Education Standards (10-53-276)
Notice of Hearing – Arts Standards (10-53-275)
Notice of Hearing – Assessment rules (10-56-271)
Notice of Public Hearing on Amendments to Chapter 57 – Educator Licensure