Economic Impact Survey Introduction

Student Assessment (ARM 10.56.101)

October 9, 2018


Purpose: The Office of Public Instruction (OPI) requests feedback from Montana public schools and accredited nonpublic schools to determine the potential economic impact and implementation impact on the Office of Public Instruction’s proposed amendments to the Administrative Rules for Montana ARM 10.56.101, Student Assessment.

Audience: We intend for Authorized Representatives, District Superintendents, and School Business Officials (District Clerks) to complete the economic impact survey and District Superintendents, Principals, System Testing Coordinators, and Test Administrators (Teachers) to complete the implementation impact survey.

Surveys: These surveys were developed in consultation with the Student Assessment Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (Committee). The Economic Impact Survey asks questions about the available resources, personnel, and professional development that your district may need. The Implementation and Policy Change Survey asks questions about the local school district implementation of a new policy, procedure, or plan for these proposed rules/amendments. Below is background information on these OPI-proposed rules/amendments and instructions on how to complete the surveys.

The Committee convened on August 6, 2018 and on October 1, 2018. In addition to using the Committee to develop those recommended changes, the OPI is also required to develop an Economic Impact Statement (per § 2-4-405, MCA) relating to any recommendations for updates to accreditation standards.

The OPI needs your help in developing the Economic Impact Statement for the proposed amendments. To complete the survey, you will need to review the proposed changes. (Click to view and Crosswalk of Rules or an abbreviated version of the 19 proposed amendments.)    

Background Information: The Montana Comprehensive Assessment System (MontCAS) includes a suite of mandated statewide assessments that meet the testing requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) most recently reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The ESSA requires that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments. This means all Montana public and nonpublic schools seeking accreditation are required to administer the MontCAS assessments in reading/English Language Arts (ELA), mathematics, science, and annually assess the English language proficiency of identified English Learners (Els) at defined grades (see ARM 10.56.101).

A key purpose of Title I under ESEA is to promote educational excellence and equity so that all students master the knowledge and skills, by the time they graduate high school. To receive funding resources, each state must submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Education every several years. Montana’s ESSA State Plan was approved on January 19, 2018.

  • In 2016, the Board of Public Education adopted new challenging academic standards for science (see ARM 10.54) rendering the MontCAS CRT-Science and CRT-Science Alternate given in Grades 4, 8, and 10 obsolete.

  • In 2017, the US Department of Education conducted its peer review process for evaluating the MontCAS assessments Smarter Balanced, ACT with Writing, and the Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA). Part of the review includes the technical quality and soundness of the assessment system including the state’s test security policies. In addition to the peer review process, the Office of Public Instruction also received a communication of federal non-compliance of test security under Title I in September 2017.

For these reasons, the OPI has established the Committee to consider proposed rules/amendments to ARM 10.56.101 to address these recent changes and Title I findings.

The Economic Impact Survey and the Implementation and policy Change Survey will be available for school districts from Tuesday, October 9th at 8:00 am until 5:00 pm on Friday, October 19, 2018.


  • Click here to begin the Economic Impact Survey.

  • Click here to begin the Implementation and Policy Change Survey.

THANK YOU for taking the time and effort to complete this survey! If you have questions about the Committee, contact the OPI Assessment Help Desk at 844-867-2569 or