The Montana Comprehensive Assessment System (MontCAS) is the suite of statewide assessments aligned with Montana's academic content standards to meet federal testing requirements. 

Montana's Required Statewide Assessments

 

STC Checklist

System Test Coordinators can check here weekly for an up-to-date list of timely tasks. Click the tab for a list of tasks for each state required assessment. 

Updated: July 15, 2024 - note deadlines for General Tasks, MAST, and MSAA. 

►Write your district testing plans for the 2024-2025 school year. Deadline: October 10, 2024

  • Watch Sessions 9 and 10 from the 2023-2024 STC Workshop Series for examples and "how-tos" for writing plans.
  • Base plans on the updated plan checklists found on the Test Security page of the OPI Statewide Testing webpages. 

►STCs must complete BOTH required test security screens (Affirmation of Testing Security and Affirmation of School System Testing Plans) within the MontCAS Application prior to statewide assessments being administered in the district. Deadline: October 10, 2024.

► Prepare to administer MAST. Window #1 opens October 14, 2024.

► Complete the MAST Scheduling Tool - Deadline: September 20, 2024

► Send Individual Score Reports home to parents/guardians. 

  • Attach the ESSA required information about how to read the reports. 
  • A score report letter template for the MSA is available on the Parent Corner page of the OPI website. 
  • This 5 minute video walks users through accessing and downloading Individual Student Reports to send home to parents

► Send Individual Score Reports home to parents/guardians. 

  • Attach the ESSA required information about how to read the reports. 
  • A score report letter template for the AMSA is available on the Parent Corner page of the OPI website. 
  • This 5 minute video walks users through accessing and downloading Individual Student Reports to send home to parents

Download Individual Score Reports (ISRs) from the MSAA System between July 15 and September 6, 2024. Deadline: September 6, 2024. 

  • ISRs are removed from the system after September 6th. 

► Once downloaded, send Individual Score Reports home to parents/guardians. 

  • Attach the ESSA required information about how to read the reports. 
  • A score report letter template for the MSAA is available on the Parent Corner page of the OPI website. 

► Send Individual Score Reports (ISRs) home to parents/guardians. 

  • Attach the ESSA required information about how to read the reports. 
  • A score report letter template for the ACT with Writing is available on the Parent Corner page of the OPI website. 
  • This 3 minute video walks users through how to download ISRs from the ACT Success site. 

► Send Individual Score Reports home to parents/guardians. 

  • Attach the ESSA required information about how to read the reports. 
  • A score report letter template for the ACCESS for ELLs is available on the Parent Corner page of the OPI website. 

► Send Individual Score Reports home to parents/guardians. 

  • Attach the ESSA required information about how to read the reports. 
  • A score report letter template for the ACCESS for ELLs is available on the Parent Corner page of the OPI website.
  • This 5 minute video walks users through the steps to access and download Individual Student Reports to send home to parents: VIDEO - Presentation Slides

 

 


 

 
 
 


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Congress mandates that all state's participate in assessments under the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to measure student achievement in core subjects. 


Montana State Assessment Results

Montana's 2022-2023 State Assessment results were made available in early September.  Math scores for students in Grades 3 through 8 have increased when compared to the 2021-2022 data. Grade 11 students increased scores across content areas, ELA, math, and science. This 2022-2023 Statewide Assessment Overview presentation gives additional details. 


 

Negotiated Rulemaking on Student Assessment Rules :

OPI is currently in the Negotiated Rulemaking Phase of the Chapter 56 - Student Assessment Rules. To follow along with the process or give public comment, please refer the the agendas and documents below.

 

Assessment Standards Revisions

 

Upcoming Meeting Schedule:

  •  Rulemaking commenced for Chapter 56 NRC on February 12, 2024

 

Previous Meeting Information:

 
 February 12, 2024 - NRC Rulemaking Session #1
 February 6, 2024 - NRC Orientation

Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Members:

  • Michael Grizzaffi - K-12 Educator - Columbus
  • Erin Hunt - K-12 Educator - Helena
  • Beverly Chin - Higher Education Faculty, Taxpayer - Missoula
  • Dana Haring - K-12 Educator -  Kalispell 
  • Justine Alberts - Parent, Higher Education - Helena 
  • Heather Marcella - School Business Manager - Clinton 
  • Brian Kessler - K-12 School Administrator - East Helena 
  • Corey Barron - K-12 School Administrator - Harlem 
  • Jordann Lankford - K-12 Educator, Tribe Representative - Great Falls
  • Leslie DiMaio - K-12 Educator - Columbia Falls 
  • Dr. Julie Murgel - Office of Public Instruction - Helena 
  • Marie Judisch - Office of Public Instruction - Ledger