Common Core in Montana:
Montana Common Core Standards

Montana was the last state to adopt the Common Core, and the state has left most of the implementation process in the hands of local school districts.

Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments

SBAC assessments will be field-tested in Montana in the spring of 2014, and the official tests will be used in the2014–15 school year.

New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is not a Race to the Top recipient.)

Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data

Montana has implemented a database structure in which students are tracked through postsecondary education, using codes that can be traced to particular students.

Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool

It appears that there is little chance that Montana’s homeschool students will have to take Common Core standardized assessments in the near future. Both recent efforts to pass legislation requiring homeschoolers to take state assessments have been decisively defeated.

Local Action Groups

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Updated: 3/27/2014