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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"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.

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

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE CURRENT MEMBERSHIP LIST

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.

Meeting Information

Next Meeting


September 24, 2019 


June 25, 2019 


August 21, 2018


May 2, 2018


December 4, 2017


November 16, 2016