Data Systems Modernization

The 2021 Legislature appropriated $13,475,248.00 in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) II and III funds to modernize data systems at the OPI. In partnership with schools and other stakeholders, the OPI will simplify and improve data systems to make all things data easier for schools.

 Current Legislative Report                Project Plan Schedule            

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Meeting Information

Data Modernization Project Timeline

September 18, 2023

HB367 & HB949 Integration and Agency Data Needs Meeting Agenda
Organizational Change Management (OCM) Interview Synthesis Findings

September 15, 2023

August 25, 2023

August 9 & 10, 2023

Application Migration Assessment Work Sessions

July 20, 2023

Project Kick Off

July 11, 2023

Project Introduction

Current Information

Project Reports

Contract & Statement of Work Information

Project Manager

The OPI is working with DatamanUSA to execute this project.

  • Zam Alidina, a Project Manager with DatamanUSA is working with the OPI's Licensure team to update and rebuild the current educator licensing system. Zam has extensive experience in rewriting systems similar to the OPI's educator licensing system, having already done this work in Colorado, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

I am a dynamic and intuitive Project Management Professional (PMP®), Amazon Web Services Certified Cloud Practitioner (AWS® CCP), SAP Cloud Implementation Professional, Salesforce Certified Administrator (SFA®), ITIL4®, Scrum Foundation Certified (SFC™) & Lean Six Sigma certified executive program/project management professional. My leadership across both public and private sectors include delivery within strategy, execution, management/implementation, deploying ERP solutions, SaaS, software applications, systems integration and modernization. My credentials and 22 years of professional experience have exposed me to challenges and excitement of both the private and public sector. I am a recipient of the State of Hawai’i Governors award for the consultant of the year (2013) for business transformation leading the ACA implementation. Prior to leading Federal and State programs, I was a senior consultant with KPMG within the finance delivery practice working with investment banking clients on Wall Street. I am a devoted husband and father to 2 wonderful kids (4 year-old boy and 3 year-old daughter) and love our family outdoor adventure time which provides decompression time and creating memories as a balance to my professional life.    



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K-12 Data Task Force

The K-12 Data Task Force was created by the 2013 Montana Legislature through the adoption of 20-7-104, MCA and 20-7-105, MCA.  The K-12 Data Task Force is comprised of legislators, school board members, educators, school administrators, school technology staff and parents. 

The purpose of the K-12 Data Task Force is to advise and provide guidance to the Office of Public Instruction on the statewide K-12 data systems.



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Current Information

Meeting Information

Task Force Membership

Membership in the K-12 Data Task Force is established in 20-7-105, MCA:

(click here to see district classifications):

  • three elected school board trustees consisting of one each from a class 1, class 2, and class 3 school district
  • three school administrators consisting of one each employed by a class 1, class 2, and class 3 school district
  • three teachers consisting of one each employed by a class 1, class 2, and class 3 school district
  • three technology staff consisting of one each employed by a class 1, class 2, and class 3 school district
  • six parents, consisting of one parent of an elementary (K-8) pupil currently enrolled in each of a class 1, class 2, and class 3 school district and one parent of a high school (9-12) pupil currently enrolled in each of a class 1, class 2, and class 3 school district
  • three school district clerks, consisting of one each employed by a class 1, class 2, and class 3 school district



Interested in serving on the task force?

If you are qualified and interested in filling a vacant position on the K-12 Data Task Force, please contact Chris Sinrud, Chief Information Officer.

Archived Information

May 7, 2020, Initial Project Overview

9-14-2021 Status

10-25-2021 Status

11-19-2021 Status

November 16, 2022
Minutes | Recording

August 31, 2022
Minutes | Recording

September 24, 2019
Agenda | Minutes

June 25, 2019 
Agenda | Minutes

August 21, 2018
Agenda | Minutes

May 2, 2018
Agenda | Minutes

December 4, 2017
Agenda | Presentation | Minutes

November 16, 2016

"The superintendent of public instruction shall continually work in consultation with the K-12 data task force provided for in 20-7-105 to analyze the best options for a statewide data system that will best enhance the ability of school districts to use data for the purposes identified in this section. Emphasis must be placed on developing or purchasing and customizing a statewide data system that promotes and preserves community ownership and local control and that incorporates innovative technologies available in the marketplace that may be in use and that are successfully working in other states. The office of public instruction and the K-12 data task force shall collaborate to enhance the statewide data system to support:

(a) the needs of school districts in using data to improve instruction and student performance;

(b) the collection of data from schools through a process that provides for automated conversion of data from systems already in use by school districts or the office of public instruction and that resolves the repetition of data entry and redundancy of data requested that has been characteristic of the data system in the past and that otherwise reduces the diversion of district staff time away from instruction and supervision;

(c) increased use of data from the centralized system by various functions within the office of public instruction; and

(d) transparency in reporting to schools, school districts, communities, and the public.


OPI Staff are here to help:

Tristen Loveridge, IT Project Coordinator

Chris Sinrud, Chief Information Officer