Learn more about the required science statewide assessment given in Grades 5 and 8 below.

The Montana Science Assessment (MSA) is the general science assessment for academic state achievement reporting in Grades 5 and 8. The MSA is aligned to the Montana Content Standards (2016) in Science. It is used to provide state, district, school, and individual student achievement information on the state-adopted content standards in science. It is used by the state to provide a consistent picture of student proficiency and progress across Montana's public schools and private schools seeking accreditation. It is an important measure for understanding comparisons between schools, over time, and for gaining an understanding of equity in educational services.

Grade(s): 5 and 8

Subject(s): Science

Test Time: 1.5-2 hours

Testing Window: March 4 - May 24, 2024

MSA Technical Report (2022-2023)

General Information

These resources include some general information about the assessment that will be helpful in learning about the state required Montana Science Assessment. Follow the links below to learn more. 


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