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March 27, 2015

Smarter Balanced Delays Spur Headaches in Wisconsin, Montana, and Elsewhere

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

Alaska, Montana Legislatures Reject Preschool-Funding Measures

Lawmakers in the two large, rural states snub prekindergarten-funding proposals, but Montana education officials are hoping for another try.

March 11, 2015

Montana, the Only State Without an Anti-Bullying Law, Might Adopt One

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

Pre-K Movement Heats Up in States With Small State Programs, or None

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

Hispanic Preschool Participation Varies by State

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 Step Closer to Offering Public Preschool

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

Montana Governor to Push for State's First Investment in Preschool

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

Expansion Planned for Urban-Rural Student Exchange Program

One Montana nonprofit tries to build connections between rural and urban students with exchange program.

November 07, 2013

How States Present—and Spin—NAEP Scores for the Public

Several states where 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress scores showed no statistically significant improvement chose to focus on how their students performed against national averages.

November 05, 2013

Montana Wins Federal Waiver for Testing Flexibility

State will use Smarter Balanced field tests in place of its own math and English/language arts tests in 2014.

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