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Welcome Back to School!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Welcome back to school! As you begin the 2017-2018 school year, the Office of Public Instruction is here to help you serve Montana’s students. Please feel free to reach out anytime if my office can be of assistance. Below are new updates on Montana’s state plan for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act and the new website which will be live next week:


  • ESSA:

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the draft ESSA state plan and offered input throughout the summer. The OPI met with the Governor on August 16th to discuss our ESSA plan and deliver him a draft for his review. The plan will be finalized and ready for signatures the first week of September. It will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education for peer review between September 14th and September 18th. The Department has told the OPI that it generally takes 4-6 weeks to receive feedback but could take longer as many states will be submitting at once. Currently, 17 states have submitted.  After peer review, the OPI will consult with education partners. The OPI then has 15 days to negotiate final edits to the plan with the Department.

  • New Website:

I am excited to announce that the OPI’s new website will be live on August 30th! If you have any feedback or questions as you use the new website, please reach out to Dylan Klapmeier


I hope you had a wonderful summer! Thank you for putting Montana students first this coming school year.


Elsie Arntzen

State Superintendent


Spotlight On:

Montana’s Draft State ESSA Plan

Superintendent Arntzen has released Montana’s draft state plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for public input. This draft is the result of strong collaboration between the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI), education stakeholders, policymakers, tribal leaders, and our diverse schools, businesses, and communities across the state. Montana’s plan will put Montana students first by creating a comprehensive system of individual school accountability, promoting long-term student growth, and moving beyond the strict federal mandates of the previous No Child Left Behind Act. OPI welcomes continued input from all Montanans about how we can best serve our students. The plan can be viewed here.