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UPDATE: Content Standards Revision

Wednesday, March 8, 2016

As many of you know, the Office of Public Instruction is revising Montana's content standards for health and physical education, arts, and science. I want to make sure you're routinely updated as we work through the revision process.

With the passage of SB 345, content standards must now go through the negotiated rulemaking process prior to being adopted by the Board of Public Education. 

Below is a tentative timeline for adoption of all three sets of standards:

       Arts & Health/Physical Education Science
March 2016 Standards are presented to the Board Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Members are selected
April 2016 Economic impact statements, including input from schools, are delivered to the Interim Education & Local Government Committee Negotiated Rulemaking Committee reviews the standards and schools provide input on their economic impact
May 2016 Public hearing dates are set Standards are presented to the Board
June 2016   Economic impact statements, including input from schools, are delivered to the Interim Education & Local Government Committee
July 2016 Board takes action on standards Public hearing dates are set
Aug 2016    
Sept 2016   Board takes action on standards
July 2017 Standards are implemented in schools Standards are implemented in schools

What is different about these new sets of standards?

  • Grade level standards for K-5 clarify learning expectations for elementary teachers who teach in all content areas.
  • Grade band standards for grades 6-8 and high school clarify expectations and allow flexibility of staffing and program delivery.
  • Arts, health enhancement and science standards integrate Montana's Indian Education for All
  • Arts Standards 
    • Current standards adopted in 1999
    • Proposed standards address five artistic disciplines: visual arts, music, dance, theatre, and media arts
  • Health Enhancement Standards
    • Current standards adopted in 1999
    • Proposed standards are grouped into two domains: health education and physical education
    • Reflect updated information addressing student physical, mental, and social health.
  • Science Standards
    • Current standards adopted in 2006
    • Proposed standards grouped into four domains: (1) physical sciences, (2) life sciences, (3) earth and space sciences, (4) engineering and technology.
    • Support the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Learn more about the content standards revision process with this brief video:  https://youtu.be/KzbOj1SVTEg.
Watch for updates at the content standards revision webpage.

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Denise Juneau, Superintendent

Spotlight On:

OPI, Montana Arts Council To Train Arts Teacher Leaders

The Office of Public Instruction is again partnering with the Montana Arts Council (MAC) to train teacher leaders in visual arts, music, dance and storytelling to integrate arts into other subject areas.

The goal is to give educators tools and strategies to take back to their schools to teach their colleagues how to integrate arts into other curriculum areas.

"Developing teacher leaders in the arts is critical in a rural state like Montana where many of our small schools don't have full-time arts specialists," Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau said. "This training will allow classroom teachers who may not have arts backgrounds to integrate art into their math, science, and English instruction."

For the second year, OPI and MAC will host the Montana Teacher Leaders in the Arts summer institute June 20-29 at Salish Kootenai College. All of Montana's K-12 public school teachers are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 30.

Apply here.