FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Superintendent Arntzen Will Release Montana’s Draft ESSA State Plan for Public Input on July 12th
July 7, 2017
HELENA— On Wednesday July 12th, Superintendent Arntzen will release Montana’s draft state plan for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for public input. This will be a living document which will continuously be updated based on feedback and the needs of Montana’s students. The purpose of the state plan is to promote a more comprehensive system for school accountability and long-term growth for students.
The 2015 ESSA law requires states to develop education plans which show how federal requirements will be met for the U.S. Department of Education. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued new regulations and plan templates in March of this year.
The current draft plan has been developed through extensive collaboration between education stakeholders; school, community, business, and tribal leaders; professional staff at OPI; and the Superintendent. OPI staff travelled across Montana hosting community presentations for feedback. Input for the state plan was also received through multiple focus groups, conference calls, and online presentations.
Superintendent Arntzen wants to ensure that our state plan reflects Montana’s unique education system. This plan is an opportunity to promote local control and flexibility, and to put Montana students first. “As Superintendent, I am listening to parents, teachers, and communities. I hope that all Montanans will take the time to review our draft state plan and give the Office of Public Instruction input. I know that students are best served by a bottom-up approach to education rather than heavy-handed federal mandates,” Arntzen said Friday.
After public input, the draft plan will be updated and sent to the Governor for his review in August. The final draft of the plan will be sent to the U.S. Department of Education before the September 18th deadline.
The plan will be available online at: http://opi.mt.gov/ESSA/Index.html by noon on July 12th. The OPI welcomes comments, questions, and input which can be directed to ESSAinput@mt.gov, 406-444-3095, or 1227 11th Avenue, Helena, MT 59601. Public input will be accepted through August.
CONTACT: Dylan Klapmeier
Media Assistant, Montana Office of Public Instruction