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Every Student Succeeds Act Report Cards Due In March

Office of Public Instruction Superintendent Elsie Arntzen delivers the 2019 State of Education Address at the Montana Capitol, Feb. 11, 2019.
Corin Cates-Carney
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Montana Public Radio
Office of Public Instruction Superintendent Elsie Arntzen delivers the 2019 State of Education Address at the Montana Capitol, Feb. 11, 2019.

Public school parents will soon have a new tool to see how their local school’s academic scores compare to others across the state.

The first Every Student Succeeds Act report cards for high schools and elementary schools are expected in early to mid-March, according to a spokesperson at the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

The Every Student Succeeds Act, ESSA for short, is the 2015 federal replacement for No Child Left Behind.

Part of the federal education law requires schools to publicly report performance and accountability data.

OPI Superintendent Elsie Arntzen updated the Montana Legislature during the State of Education Address, Monday, on the upcoming ESSA data rollout.

“State and local school report cards will be issued this spring to give families and communities transparent data on how their students are performing,” she says.

The report cards coming next month will cover 2017-2018 school year data. The report cards will include, in part, school demographics, subject proficiency, safety metrics and graduation rates.

Corin Cates-Carney is the news director at Montana Public Radio. He joined MTPR in 2015 and is a graduate of the University of Montana School of Journalism.
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