This page has been created to provide information for parents and family members about ways to get involved in the education and assessment of their child. The resources listed here are selected to assist parents and students with their assessment-related needs. For news and announcements, be sure to sign up for news from the Office of Public Instruction's Communications Division.

General Family Resources

  1. OPI Parent Notice Letter Customization Checklist - This checklist provides guidance on how to customize the OPI Parent Notice Letter.
  2. OPI Parent Notice Letter Template - This template letter can be used as guidance to communicate with parents/guardians in advance of testing per Administrative Rules for Montana (ARM10.56.102(6)).
  3. OPI Remote-Only Family Letter Template - Schools may elect to use this template to provide families of remote-only learners with the opportunity to participate in assessments.   
  4. OPI Score Report Parent Letter Template - This letter template can be used by schools to send home with individual score reports to inform parents about the importance of the statewide assessments.

Smarter Balanced Family Resources

The Smarter Balanced is the general math and reading/language arts assessment for academic achievement reporting in Grades 3–8.

  1. School districts are required to notify parents/guardians of the planned assessments. Here is the Sample OPI Smarter Balanced Notice Letter
  2. School districts are required to notify parents/guardians in a timely manner of the time and format for disseminating assessment results including individual student reports. Here is the Sample OPI Smarter Balanced Score Report Letter
  3. The Starting Smarter website is intended for Montana parents. The site helps parents to understand the summative assessment score reports including areas of academic strength and improvement. It also connects parents with sample test questions and provides additional resources to support their child’s learning. 

ACT with Writing Family Resources

The ACT with Writing is the general math, reading/language arts, and science assessment for academic achievement reporting in Grade 11.

  1. School districts are required to notify parents/guardians of the planned assessments. Here is the Sample OPI ACT Notice Letter and Montana's List of 23 Critical Non-Test Questions
  2. School districts are required to notify parents/guardians in a timely manner of the time and format for disseminating assessment results including individual student reports. Here is the Sample OPI ACT Score Report Letter.

Montana Science Assessment Family Resources

The Montana Science Assessment is the general science assessment for academic achievement reporting in Grades 5 and 8. 

  1. School districts are required to notify parents/guardians of the planned assessments. Here is the Sample OPI MSA Notice Letter. 
  2. School districts are required to notify parents/guardians in a timely manner of the time and format for disseminating assessment results including individual student reports. Here is the Sample OPI MSA Score Report Letter [TBD].

Multi-State Alternate Assessment Family Resources

The Multi-State Alternate Assessment is the alternate math and reading/language arts assessment for academic achievement reporting in Grades 3–8 and 11 for students with significant cognitive disabilities. 

  1. School districts are required to notify parents/guardians of the planned assessments. Here is the Sample OPI MSAA Notice Letter [TBD]. 
  2. School districts are required to notify parents/guardians in a timely manner of the time and format for disseminating assessment results including individual student reports. Here is the Sample OPI MSAA Score Report Letter [TBD].

Alternate Montana Science Assessment Family Resources

The Alternate Montana Science Assessment is the alternate science assessment for academic achievement reporting in Grades 5, 8, and 11 for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

  1. School districts are required to notify parents/guardians of the planned assessments. Here is the Sample OPI AMSA Notice Letter. 
  2. School districts are required to notify parents/guardians in a timely manner of the time and format for disseminating assessment results including individual student reports. Here is the Sample OPI AMSA Score Report Letter [TBD].

ACCESS for ELLs and WIDA Screener Family Resources

The ACCESS for ELLs and WIDA Screener is the English Language Proficiency assessment for academic achievement reporting for English Learners (EL) in Grades K–12.

  1. School districts are required to notify parents/guardians of the planned assessments. Here is the Sample OPI ACCESS for ELLs Notice Letter
  2. School districts are required to notify parents/guardians in a timely manner of the time and format for disseminating assessment results including individual student reports. Here is the Sample OPI ACCESS for ELLs Score Report Letter.

 

Six Things Stakeholders Should Know About Participation and Testing in Montana - The purpose of this document is to ensure that readers are aware of the significant value to stakeholders (e.g., students, parents/guardians, teachers, school leaders, and others) of the information derived from participating in state-level tests. Figure 1 in the guide depicts the average testing times for math, reading/language arts, and science students.