What's Happening with the 2020-2021 ESSA Report Card


The State, District and School report cards have now been updated!

Changes include new data on the ESSER I, II, and III Allocations to school districts as well as links to an ESSER Finance Interactive Dashboard on the District Report Cards. Modifications and updates to other existing data categories on the report cards were also made.



In March 2020, the US Department of Education waived key requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In March 2021, the Montana Office of Public Instruction received an accountability waiver.  The 2021 waiver addressed elements within the accountability system that continued to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic during the 2020-2021 academic year.  Montana's 2020-2021 ESSA report cards do not contain updated school designation details, student growth calculations, and college readiness details.  Please visit the 2020-2021 ESSA Report Card Information page for more information.

ESSA Report Card Background

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the OPI publishes state, district, and school report cards every year.  The ESSA report cards provide a concise and accessible way to show how Montana's schools are performing.  

Schools, districts and the OPI all follow strict protocols in order to ensure student privacy and confidentiality are protected.  All student information and data published by the OPI follows the OPI’s Student Records Confidentiality Policy, which prohibits the OPI from disclosing data from student groups that are 5 or fewer in number or would otherwise reveal the identity of an individual student.  Montana has many small schools and small sub-group populations where an individual student’s identity could be revealed without this safeguard.  In places where data has been suppressed to protect student privacy, you will see an asterisk ( * ) instead.

Please visit the Student Privacy & K-12 Data Governance page to learn more about how schools, districts and the OPI protect student privacy and ensure the integrity of data.




Definitions & Methodology: Want to learn more about terms and methodology used in the Report Card?

Go to Report Card Definitions and Methodology

Parents & Families: Want to learn more and advocate for your child?

Go to Report Card Info for Families.

Educators & Administrators: Want to learn more about how you can use the Report Card and underlying data to serve your students and community?

Go to Report Card Info for Educators & Administrators.