Montana has just decided to make testing under the Smarter Balanced assessment optional, after some serious technical glitches.
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April 15, 2015
April 15, 2015
Montana Superintendent Denise Juneau said it would be "in the best interest of our students" to let districts cancel Smarter Balanced testing if necessary.
March 27, 2015
In addition to a delay, Wisconsin had to eliminate certain questions from its Smarter Balanced exam, after opting not to use the adaptive testing feature of the test.
March 18, 2015
Lawmakers in the two large, rural states snub prekindergarten-funding proposals, but Montana education officials are hoping for another try.
March 11, 2015
There will be an anti-bullying law in every state if Montana lawmakers approve a bill this legislative session. The proposal is less detailed and definitive than the policies in place in other states.
January 29, 2015
The past few weeks have seen an uptick in preschool activists making themselves known in some states that have typically had small (or no) state preschool programs.
January 15, 2015
Nationwide, Hispanic children have low preschool participation rates but a new Quality Counts 2015 follow-up analysis finds that enrollment varies considerably by state.
November 20, 2014
Montana, one of nine states with no state preschool program, is a step closer to offering it after a vote by the state board of education last week.
October 14, 2014
Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, plans to ask the Montana legislature in November to set aside $37 million for the program in the 2017 biennial budget.
February 07, 2014
One Montana nonprofit tries to build connections between rural and urban students with exchange program.