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OPI launched the pilot of the Math Innovation Zones (MIZ) program for the 2023-2024 school year. The application window for the MIZ program closed on May 5, 2023 and Grant Awardees will be announced May 30, 2023.
This grant program is designed to help prepare schools to transition to personalized learning models in math measured by proficiency by providing school-year long design and planning support to co-create your district’s or school’s unique approach by participating in a Community of Practice and supported by OPI and education experts during the 2023-2024 school year and launch your MIZ in 2024-2025.
This optional program is for schools and districts that demonstrate a commitment to change to a personalized-learning environment measured by proficiency in mathematics.
This program is intended for schools serving students who are between grades 3 and 8.
Superintendent Elsie Arntzen is implementing the Math Innovation Zones program, which will provide additional professional development opportunities to teachers in Montana. MIZ offers students individualized learning and allows them to build on their knowledge to avoid unfinished learning.
Unfinished learning in math is problematic to students’ academic success. MIZs aim is to ensure student learning and assessing includes best practices across grade bands. Traditionally, students learn math by grade level, for example, students learn addition and subtraction in one grade then multiplication and division in the next.
For 2023 -2024, start-up funds for design with technical assistance support are provided by ESSER-ARP funds through OPI. In the long term, funding for curriculum, professional development, and other supports that are required for a personalized-learning environment measured by proficiency will be funded by the local district’s budget. OPI has designated $20,000 for each school participating in the project. Schools may be eligible for additional limited funding based on their individual needs. The grant funding will include the school/district’s costs to participate in the OPI’s comprehensive professional development and collaboration opportunities.
This project is outlined in Montana’s approved ESSER Plan.
Apply to participate in the program by May 5, 2023.
If selected as a MIZ grantee, schools will be required to participate in the 2023-2024 school year comprehensive professional development and collaboration opportunities, to co-design a personalized learning environment measured by proficiency that districts will be required to implement in the 2024-2025 school year with a focus on mathematics.
During the 2023-2024 school year, you will engage with your school community, through comprehensive stakeholder engagement, to prepare your local community for a shift to a more personalized mathematics learning environment, measured by proficiency. Work to foster the enabling conditions for success, create your full implementation plan to fully launch in the 2024-2025 school year.
Launch personalized learning in math instruction for grades 3-8 in the 2024-2025 school year.
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The Montana OPI is working to develop an improved assessment system that will accurately reflect the needs of our students, teachers, and administrators while providing useful flexibility in terms of test administration. The vision of the Montana Alternative Student Testing (MAST) Pilot is to implement “through year” assessments across the state that can eventually replace the traditional end-of-year state summative assessments and satisfy federal testing requirements.
The Through-Year Assessment design benefits students, teachers, parents, and administrators by providing actionable data at the beginning of the school year and by providing a meaningful model of student growth over the academic school year (i.e., with-in year so teachers can act as opposed to between years). Another goal for the design feature is to allow districts to flexibly align testing with local scope and sequence offering coherence with the taught curriculum.
If you are interested in being a part of this groundbreaking assessment pilot, please email email@example.com or call 406-438-0523.
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