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The results of Montana’s statewide college-readiness test for high school juniors were released Friday. The overall test scores are identical to the previous year but down over the last four years.

Montana gives the ACT test to nearly all juniors as part of its federal accountability requirements.

From left to right, Rep. Greg Gianforte, Sen. Al Olszewski and Attorney General Tim Fox.
Photo credit L- R, Eric Whitney, Corin Cates-Carney and Montana DOJ

Montana now has three Republicans campaigning for governor, with one candidate dropping out of the race to run for the U.S. House. Party leaders met in Helena this weekend. Veteran journalists Chuck Johnson and Ed Kemmick offer their analysis with Montana Free Press Editor John Adams.

Elsie Arntzen is Montana's superintendent of public instruction.
Montana Legislature

Republican Elsie Arntzen says she’ll seek re-election next year as Montana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. 

Montana student achievement scores for 2018.
Montana Office of Public Instruction


After several years of improvement, Montana’s Native American graduation rate dropped slightly last year, according to Montana’s new statewide school report card which was released Monday. 

Bill Aims To Change Education Of Dyslexic Kids

Mar 21, 2019
Montana Capitol.
Shaylee Rager / UM Legislative News Service

HELENA -- Sen. Cary Smith has a personal connection to a bill he is sponsoring in the Montana Legislature that would address how public schools screen for dyslexia.

“I thought that we’ve know about it for a long time, so obviously we’ve got great programs going to teach kids with dyslexia how to read, but it didn’t turn out that way for us with my granddaughter,” Smith said.


Gov. Steve Bullock signed a $77 million funding package for Montana public schools into law this week.

The public school funding bill outlines an inflationary increase over the next two years to the K-12 public school system, in which more than 12,000 educators serve more than 150,000 students.

Montana Capitol building.
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Gov. Steve Bullock’s request for more than $20 million for preschool funding is not included in the legislature’s initial draft of public education funding. 

The Legislative Subcommittee on Education finished its work Tuesday outlining money for public schools for the next two years.

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

Montana School Superintendent Sets Legislative Priorities

Dec 6, 2018

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana's top education official is setting out her legislative priorities, including a proposal to make it illegal for teachers and other school staff to have sex with students, even if the student has reached the legal age of consent.

State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen and 2019 Montana Teacher of the Year Dylan Huisken at Bonner Middle School on Thursday, September 20, 2018.
Montana Office of Public Instruction

A middle school teacher from Bonner has been named the 2019 Montana Teacher of the Year.

Montana’s Public School Superintendent Elsie Arntzen visited Bonner Thursday to announce that social studies teacher Dylan Huisken had been selected to represent Montana in the National Teacher of the Year program next year.

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