Standards of Accreditation (Administrative Rules of Montana- Title 10, Chapter 55)


Standards of accreditation are outlined in the Montana Code Annotated (MCA) 20-7-101: (1) Standards of accreditation for all schools must be adopted by the board of public education upon the recommendations of the superintendent of public instruction. The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) contain the standards that guarantee students the benefits of attendance in accredited schools in Title 10, Chapter 55 (ARM 10.55).

ARM 10.55 Standards of Accreditation Manual

ARM 10.55 Standards of Accreditation Appendices

ARM 10.55 Standards of Accreditation Appendix Files


Chapter 55 Appendix A

Determining the Accreditation Status of Schools

Chapter 55 Appendix B

Licensure Endorsement Requirements Related to Teaching Assignments

Chapter 55 Appendix C

Assignment of School Administrators, Library Media Specialist,
and School Counselor FTE

Chapter 55 Appendix D

Intensive Assistance Process

Chapter 55 Appendix E

Variances to Standards

Chapter 55 Appendix F

Montana Educator Performance Appraisal System (MT- EPAS)

Chapter 55 Appendix G

School Fiscal Year, Term, Day, Week, Conduct on Weekends,
Pupil Instruction Related (PIR) Days, Holidays, and Emergency Closure

Chapter 55 Appendix H

Gifted and Talented Programs

Chapter 55 Appendix I

Student Records

Chapter 55 Appendix J

Middle Grades and Accreditation Process

Chapter 55 Appendix K

General Facilities Information


Related Administrative Rules

OPI Annual Accreditation Report

Four Day School Week Listings

Distance, Online and Technology Delivered Learning

Distance, Online and Technology Delivered Learning


Distance Online and Technology Delivered Learning is formal learning where students and teachers are separated by time and/or location with synchronous or asynchronous content, instruction, and communication between students and teachers. This instruction may consist of learning opportunities provided through a variety of media including web-based interactions online and through other emerging technologies. Distance learning options provide school districts with increased capacity to meet the education needs of their learners 

Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) 10.55.907 establishes the requirements for such programs and/or courses the fulfill elementary or middle grades basic education programs and/or high school graduation requirements for Montana schools.

Distance Learning Course Code Path

Distance Learning Provider Registration

Montana Digital Academy

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Vacant, Rural Schools Program Specialist
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