What's Happening with the 2019-2020 ESSA Report Card

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. Montana's 2019-2020 ESSA report cards do not contain statewide student assessment performance, academic growth, English Learning progress, or college and career readiness information.  Please visit the 2019-2020 ESSA Report Card Information page for more information.



ESSA 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.



Introduction to the ESSA Report Cards


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.

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

Go to Report Card Definitions and Methodology