Greetings District Clerks!


We are reaching out with an opportunity to serve on the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for Student Assessment rules. One of the areas we need represented on this student assessment negotiated rulemaking committee is district clerks (or business officials). If you or someone you may know would be interested in applying, we have included the application and announcement details below. Interested parties must submit their application using the online form or send their nominations to no later than Saturday, June 30, 2018. We must have this perspective included in this work and appreciate your consideration of this request to serve on the committee.


Please feel free to contact Ashley McGrath at or 406.444.3450 with any questions.



June 27, 2018 | School Business Official Announcement


The Office of Public Instruction (OPI) is seeking nominations for members for the Student Assessment Negotiated Rulemaking (NR) Committee. Members of the committee can expect to meet in person on Monday, August 6, 2018. The NR Committee will also participate in teleconferences, correspond via e-mail, and use online tools to complete the process of revising 10.56.101 Student Assessment.


The NR Committee is selected by the OPI from an online application. The OPI seeks individuals likely to be significantly affected by the proposed rule amendment, including individuals from the following groups:

    • K-12 teachers and counselors;
    • K-12 school administrators;
    • K-12 curriculum directors;
    • K-12 district and school testing coordinators;
    • school district trustees;
    • school business official/district clerks;
    • parents of school-aged children; and
    • taxpayers.


Members of the NR Committee will be based on the stakeholder group they represent listed above and using the following criteria:

    • Cultural diversity
    • K-12 large-scale statewide assessment experience
    • K-12 special education or English learner experience
    • Geographic distribution
    • District and school size
    • Grade level(s), as applicable


The purpose of the NR Committee is to assure the OPI has established an independent NR Committee to consider the impact of any changes to Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM). Since 2016 Montana has adopted new science standards, established performance levels for the Grade 11 assessment (ACT with Writing), responded to the Title I Audit on Test Security, and submitted three assessments to Peer Review under the US Department of Education. These activities have resulted in a need to revisit the 10.56.101 Student Assessment rules.


    • Click here to access the online application form.
    • Click here to read through the Purpose, Process Steps, and Roles document.
    • Click here to read the FAQ on the Student Assessment Negotiated Rulemaking Committee.
    • Click here for the May Montana Administrative Register notice on Student Assessment.


Questions can be directed to Ashley McGrath at or 406.444.3450. Nominations can be submitted to no later than June 30, 2018