Superintendent Arntzen Receives Positive Initial Feedback on Montana’s Federal Education Plan

December 13, 2017

HELENA—State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen and Office of Public Instruction (OPI) staff received initial feedback from the U.S. Department of Education (Department) today on Montana’s proposed education plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. A conference call between the OPI and the Department was held and a letter of written feedback was also received.

The OPI received positive initial feedback. Overall, the Department requested some technical changes in addition to clarification on certain aspects of Montana’s plan. Superintendent Arntzen has 15 days to consider the feedback and submit Montana’s plan to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for her approval.

“I stand by Montana’s education plan,” Arntzen said Wednesday. “I am pleased that the federal government has recognized the uniqueness of Montana’s local public schools and the flexibility that they need for our students to succeed. I want to thank all of the parents, educators, and business, tribal, and community leaders who helped create Montana’s ESSA plan.”

Superintendent Arntzen will submit Montana’s plan to the Department by December 28th. Feedback on the plan can be sent to

More information about Montana’s ESSA plan and the Department’s feedback can be found here:


CONTACT:   Dylan Klapmeier

                       Director of Communications, Montana Office of Public Instruction