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Content Standards & Instruction

The Content Standards and Instruction team provides leadership and resources for
PK-20 educators to ensure all Montana children are prepared for the future.

Academic Standards

Professional learning

Questions about standards and learning? Contact the CSI Team:

Jael Prezeau, Director
406.444.3128

Michelle McCarthy, Science
406.444.3537

Jessica Bryant, Online Professional Learning
406.444.3557

Colet Bartow Library-Information Literacy
406.444.3583

Christy Mock-Stutz, English Language Arts/Literacy
406.444.0736

Jake Warner, Mathematics
406.444.0706

Tara Steinke, Data Assistant
406.444.3538

Wanda Arlint, Administrative Assistant 406.444.0716

Content Standards Revision

Many of Montana's public school content standards haven't been updated in more than a decade. Content standards include a broad set of subject areas that outline what a student should know and be able to do. The content standards are not a set of curricula, but rather a guide for teachers and school leaders. Beginning in late 2015, the Montana Office of Public Instruction is starting the process of updating content standards for health enhancement, arts, and science.

This video explains how the content standards revision process works, and how the newly-passed SB 345 fits into the standards process.

About Health Enhancement Content Standards Revision
Montana’s public school health enhancement content standards haven’t been updated since 1999. The standards being developed by content experts and educators are meant as a guide for teachers. These are not a set of curricula. Once the negotiated rulemaking committee finishes its work, it’ll be up to the Board of Public Education to approve the suggested standards.
Committee members for health enhancement

About Arts Content Standards Revision
Montana’s public school arts standards haven’t been updated since 2000. The new standards will be discipline-specific, instead of the previous version which included four artistic disciplines under one broad set of standards. In addition to traditional disciplines such as music, visual arts, theater and dance, the new standards will also include media arts. The standards being developed by content experts and educators are meant as a guide for teachers. These are not a set of curricula. Once the negotiated rulemaking committee finishes its work, it’ll be up to the Board of Public Education to approve the suggested standards.
Committee members for arts.

About Science Content Standards Revision

Montana's public school science content standards haven't been updated since 2006. The proposed standards will be grouped in four areas: (1) physical sciences, (2) life sciences, (3) earth and space sciences, (4) and engineering and technology. The standards being developed by content experts and educators are meant as a guide for teachers. These are not a set of curricula. Once the negotiated rulemaking committee finishes its work, it'll be up to the Board of Public Education to approve the suggested standards.

Committee Members for Science Negotiated Rulemaking Committee

The Science Negotiated Rulemaking Committee will meet in Room 152 of the Capitol Building, 1301 East Sixth Street, Helena, on March 30, 2016. Please visit the OPI Calendar for more information about the meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact Jael Prezeau, Division Administrator, Content Standards and Instruction, at jprezeau@mt.gov or 406-444-3128.