Montana's six required end-of-year summative state assessments are delivered to students mostly via online solutions. The Office of Public Instruction (OPI) contracts with test delivery contractors in order to deliver these assessments to students enrolled in Montana accredited schools. School districts must manage educator training, student rosters, student delivery, and achievement reporting through these various online portals. Each assessment is managed independently from one another as the assessments themselves have different purposes and measurement intentions. System Test Coordinators should ensure proper school district policies for managing local users and permissions to the online Test Delivery System (TDS) portals listed below.

 

Program Page Required Test and Purpose Subjects Tested Grades Tested Testing Time Test Delivery Portal Link     Test Training and Certification Link
Smarter Balanced Program Page  Smarter Balanced is the general math and reading/language arts assessment for academic achievement reporting in Grades 3–8. 
  • Math
  • ELA
 3 – 8  3 – 4 hours* TDS Portal  Training, Resources, Certification Link
MSAA Program Page Multi-State Alternate Assessment [MSAA] 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. 
  • Math
  • ELA
 3 – 8 & 11  2 – 3 hours   TDS Portal  Training, Resources, Certification Link
ACT Program Page ACT with Writing [ACT] is the general math, reading/language arts, and science assessment for academic achievement reporting in Grade 11. 
  • Math
  • English
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Science
 11  3 – 4 hours  TDS Portal  Training, Resources, Certification Link
 MSA Program Page Montana Science Assessment [MSA] is the general science assessment for academic achievement reporting in Grades 5 and 8. 
  • Science
 5 & 8  1 – 2 hours  TDS Portal  Training, Resources, Certification Link
AMSA Program Page Alternate Montana Science Assessment [AMSA] is the alternate science assessment for academic achievement reporting in Grades 5, 8, and 11 for students with significant cognitive disabilities. 
  • Science
 5, 8 & 11  1 – 2 hours  TDS Portal  Training, Resources, Certification Link
ACCESS Program Page ACCESS for ELLs and WIDA Screener is the English Language Proficiency assessment for academic achievement reporting for English Learners (EL) in Grades K–12. 
  • Monitor English Learner progress.
  • Provide state, district, school, and individual student data 
  • Program Overview Video
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
 K – 12  2 – 3 hours  TDS Portal Training, Resources, Certification Link

 

The OPI Assessment Bulletin is published monthly during the school year to announce important assessment and data dates and events. It provides up-to-date information necessary for the standardized administration of state assessments and the accompanying data. The newsletter is distributed via e-mail in addition to being posted on this page. If you are not currently receiving the OPI Assessment Bulletin and would like to, you can subscribe by filling out the  subscription form Here is the link to access the STC Corner Site and the OPI’s Statewide Testing Page