What do you think are the most pressing education issues for Montana?  As an education leader in Montana, you are uniquely positioned to see upcoming challenges, as well as to identify ongoing efforts that need continued focus and support.

Please take 5 minutes to complete this online survey by August 18, 2016.

This survey is part of the US Department of Education’s effort to determine how the nation’s Comprehensive Centers can best provide assistance to states. Here is some context for why we’re asking for your feedback and how it will be used:

The Comprehensive Centers (Centers) program is authorized by Title II of the Educational Technical Assistance Act of 2002 (ETAA), Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA) of 2002. The Department of Education (Department) funds these Centers to provide technical assistance to State education agencies (SEAs) that builds SEA capacity to: support local educational agencies (LEAs or districts) and schools, especially low-performing districts and schools; improve educational outcomes for all students; close achievement gaps; and improve the quality of instruction. 

Before a competition for the Centers program is held, the ETAA requires the establishment of ten Regional Advisory Committees (RACs). The purpose of these committees is to collect information on the educational needs of each of the ten regions. To the extent the Secretary deems appropriate, the Department will use the information submitted by the RACs, along with other relevant regional surveys of needs, to establish priorities for the next cohort of Centers.

Thanks for taking the time to read this message, and complete the survey! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Deb Halliday at (406) 444-3559 or dhalliday@mt.gov.