The state board of public education establishes and maintains standards for all public schools in Montana to guarantee that all students receive the benefit of attending accredited schools under the Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) Chapter 55. ARM Chapter 55 also requires school districts to develop, implement, and evaluate continuous school improvement plans, make the plans available to the public, and review them on an annual basis.

OPI ARM 10.55 Negotiated Rulemaking


Montana Accreditation Process Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Webpage


Montana Hazard and Emergency Response Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Web page.
Montana Suicide Prevention and Response 
Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Webpage. 

Accreditation and Educator Preparation Resources

Educator Preparation Main Webpage. 


Montana Educator Performance Appraisal (Montana-EPAS) Webpage.  
Gifted and Talented Education Webpage. 
Office of Public Instruction Guide: Serving Montana's High Ability/High Potential Student


Montana Regional Education Service Areas (RESAs) Information



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Linda Vrooman Peterson, Division Administrator, 406.444.5726
Patty Muir, Accreditation Program Director, 406.444.4317
Nathan Miller, Accreditation Data Specialist, 406.444.2410
Harlan Reidmohr, Data Control Technician, 406.444.1852
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