Learn more about things to do in each assessment through the school year.

The OPI Assessment Bulletin is specifically designed for System Test Coordinators (STCs), subscribers, and any school personnel with a responsibility to administer state assessments. It is carefully crafted each month by the OPI Assessment Unit to provide timely access to key test administration responsibilities and actionable content within each of the program checklists. Also included in each issue are references to the state and federal requirements, resources to support professional learning, testing alerts and updates, and frequently asked questions. School districts are encouraged to share the Assessment Bulletin with any school staff who must be aware of these tasks and responsibilities in order to prepare for state assessments. The newsletter is distributed via the OPI Compass in addition to being posted on this page.

Teacher Learning Hub

The primary purpose of the OPI Teacher Learning Hub has been to address the challenges of cost, distance, time, and equity of access to high-quality professional development for Montana educators. Please explore professional learning for assessment offered on the Hub via the Course List, Course Catalog, and/or using the "Search Courses" feature.


Teacher Learning Hub

The purpose of the “STC Workshop Series” is to provide each Montana school district System Test Coordinator (STC) with the opportunity to learn the “how-to’s” for each of the assessment related components listed below. STC participants will leave this three-day series with content to complete the five required testing plans (Test Administration Plan, Test Accessibility Plan, Test Security Plan, Data Use Plan, and Test Training Plan) and be provided with step-by-step instructions on how to accomplish the various STC activities. The OPI Assessment Team will share some tips and tricks to accomplish said activities and invite veteran STCs to share their experience(s) as well.

Note: only confirmed System Test Coordinators will be allowed allowed to participate in sessions held October 6, October 13, and October 27. 

View the 2022-2023 School Year STC Workshop Series Schedule to see what 12 sessions will be offered over these three days and what the anticipated learner outcomes will be.  

The Assessment Unit offers a 1-hour webinar once a month from August/September to June annually for a total of 10-11 webinars during the school year. These focused webinars are designed to support educational practitioners involved in managing district assessments, accountability, and reporting requirements under state and federal law. These professional learning sessions are intended to support local data-driven decision-making actions and/or continuous improvement processes using student achievement data. 

For the 2022-2023 school year, the OPI Assessment Unit will host a monthly webinar focused on timely content each month on Wednesday from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM from September 2022 to June 2023. 

MontCAS Webinar Recordings - 2022-2023 School Year

November 2022 Webinar Recording: Gaining Comfort and Familiarity with the Assessments - Presentation Slides

October 2022 Webinar Recording: System Access Across Assessments and Setup - Presentation Slides

September 2022 Webinar Recording: English Learner Identification, Supports, and Measuring Progress - Presentation Slides

MontCAS Webinar Recordings - 2021-2022 School Year

A Balanced Assessment System (recorded August 25, 2021) - Presentation Slides

MontCAS Webinar Recordings - 2020-2021 School Year

MontCAS Webinar Recordings - 2019-2020 School Year

May 2020 - Science Next Steps & Opportunities

April 2020 - Meaningful Score Reports

March 2020 - COVID-19 and State Assessments

February 2020 - Using the Interims and Why (Predictive Power, Research) Webinar Recording

November 2019 MontCAS Updates Webinar

October 2019 MontCAS Updates Webinar

September 2019 MontCAS Updates Webinar