Access the 2021 Montana Content Standards for Career and Technical Education (Official PDF).

Access the 2021 Career and Technical Education Curriculum Guide.

Access the 2021 Montana Content Standards for Career and Technical Education (Excel).

Access the "Unofficial" 2021 Montana Content Standards for Career and Technical Education (PDF).

Webinar: New Standards for 2021: Overview and Planning for Implementation (February 8, 2021)

Districts should consider their 5-year curriculum review cycle in order to plan for a staggered approach to aligning to new standards.

Model curriculum guides, professional development, and resources will be added throughout 2021.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares Montana K-12 students for a wide range of careers and post secondary education programs.  CTE courses are found in Montana's middle schools, high schools and career centers. 

Tech Directors: To access a machine readable version of the official Montana Career and Vocational/Technical Education Content Standards, please visit the IMS Global CASE Network site.  Create a free login, select Montana Office of Public Instruction, and view or download the standards.  The CASE version of the standards can be uploaded to student information systems, curriculum mapping programs, and a variety of other uses. Learn more about the CASE Network CASE Network FAQ

CTE courses provide students with life and employment skills to make them highly desirable employees in today's modern workforce.  Skills learned in K-12 Career and Technical Education courses prepare students to go directly into the workforce or to continue their education with a much higher degree of focus and direction for their career goals. 

Montana has over 500 approved CTE programs and over 800 certified teachers in Agriculture, Business, Marketing, Family and Consumer Sciences, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences. More than 150 Montana high schools participate in the federal Carl D. Perkins and state Career and Technical Education grant programs to support and improve their Career and Technical Education programs.

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Standards Revision Information

New Standards Adopted November 5, 2020, Effective July 1, 2021.

Adoption Timeline and Meetings

The Board of Public Education (BPE) approved the Career and Technical Education Standards at their November 5, 2020 meeting. Please check the BPE website for further details.  The implementation date for the new standards is July 1, 2021.



(Board of Public Education) Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Adoption and Repeal - K-12 Career and Technical Education Content Standards.

Standards Revision

Revision Information

2017 - 2027 COMPLETE REVISION SCHEDULE - This schedule may change based on resource availability or other factors.

  • To learn about the process and how to get involved, take the Montana Content Standards 101 course on the Teacher Learning Hub (1 renewal unit)


Negotiated Rulemaking Meetings

February 11, 2020 Committee Meeting
  • Economic Impact Survey - responses are due by January 31, 2020.  The Office of Public Instruction must utilize a negotiated rulemaking committee to consider proposed changes to accreditation standards (including content standards).  In addition to the negotiated rulemaking committee requirement, the OPI is charged with writing an economic impact analysis in accordance with MCA 2-4-405.  In order to carefully prepare the economic impact analysis, the OPI would appreciate your responses to the questions in this survey.  We recommend a review of current expenditures for personnel, instructional materials, professional development, and curriculum development for the social studies content and program standards before responding to the questions.  If adopted by the Board of Public Education, new standards would go into effect on July 1, 2021.
    • There are 42 questions: 9 require responses, 33 are optional.  It will take approximately 15 minutes to review the proposed standards and 20 minutes to complete the survey.  The survey is due by midnight on January 31, 2020.
    • Download this WORKSHEET to preview questions and gather information.
December 3, 2019 Committee Meeting

Economic Impact Surveys