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Advanced Placement (Title I Part G)

  • Vacant, Gifted/Talented & RESA Specialist, 406.444.0769

Agriculture Education Contacts

  • Brad King , Ag.Ed Specialist, 406.444.4451, Fax: 406.444.1373
  • Amanda Carlson, FFA Program Manager, 406.994.7050
    Fax: 406.994.7210


Bilingual Education (Title III Part A)

Common Core State Standards

Early Childhood

Education Services

Gifted and Talented Education

  • Vacant, Gifted/Talented & RESA Specialist, 406.444.0769

Health Education

  • Renee Harris, Health Sciences Education Specialist/HOSA State Advisor, 406.444.2059


  • Susan Court, Program Specialist – HIV/STD Prevention Education, Health & Physical Education, 406.444.3178
  • Tracy Moseman, Director – Coordinated School Health Unit, 406.444.3000

Indian Education


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Curriculum & Assessment

Welcome to the Montana Office of Public Instruction's Curriculum & Assessment web page.

This site provides resources and information to Montana educators regarding academic standards, assessment, professional development and best practices.

Title III Part A English Acquisition & Enhancement
Bilingual/World Languages/Language Acquisition

Bilingual Education in Montana

The purpose of the program is to help ensure that LEP students become proficient in English and attain state standards.

Related Links
Montana's English Language Learners: Guidance for School Districts
2010-2011 English Language Proficiency (ELP) Report
Essential Understandings of Montana Hutterites: A Resource for Educators and Students
2010 - 11 Title III Final Allocations
Listing of 2013-2014 Title III Grant Sites
Title III Purpose and required and allowable activities
Title III Consortium Information
Criteria for LEP Identification

Program Guidelines

  • Trigger – If the appropriation exceeds $650 million, authorizes formula awards to States based on the State’s share of limited English proficient and recent immigrant students. States, in turn, make subgrants to local educational agencies. If a State does not apply, the Secretary makes competitive awards directly to “specially qualified agencies” (school districts).
  • Discretionary Programs – If the appropriation is less than $650 million, continues to authorize three discretionary grant programs for instructional services, three support services programs, four professional development programs, and Immigrant Education formula grants. These programs are similar to those in the previous law.
  • State Plans – Requires States to submit State plans establishing standards and benchmarks for LEP students aligned with State standards.
  • Continuations – Provides for continuation grants to current instructional service and professional development grantees for the original period of their grant. Consequently, diverts an estimaWorkted $209 million from the formula in 2002 and declining amounts thereafter.
  • National Leadership Activities – Authorizes National Leadership Activities: National Professional Development Project, National Clearinghouse, and evaluation activities. Under the National Professional Development Project, the Secretary makes 5-year competitive grants to institutions of higher education for professional development activities that will improve classroom instruction for limited English proficient students.
  • Small-State Minimum – Guarantees all States at least $500,000 under the formula program.


  • States must establish annual achievement objectives for limited English proficient students that are related to gains in English proficiency and meeting challenging State academic standards and that are aligned with Title I achievement standards.
  • States must assure that subgrantees will comply with the Title I requirement to annually assess in English children who have been in the United States for 3 or more consecutive years. States must hold subgrantees accountable for making adequate yearly progress as described in Title I and meeting all annual achievement objectives.


  • Federal to State – The Secretary determines formula allocations based on the State’s share of limited English proficient students (80 percent) and recent immigrant students (20 percent). In 2002 and 2003, the Secretary calculates State shares using 2000 Census data. Thereafter, the Secretary may use either American Community Survey data from the Department of Commerce or data submitted by the States.
  • State to Local – States allocate funds to school districts based on share of the limited English proficient student population except that States can reserve up to 15 percent for school districts that have experienced significant increases in the percentage or number of immigrant students or that have limited or no experience in serving immigrant students.


  • One-half of one percent or $5 million (whichever is higher) for schools operated predominantly for Native American students; one-half of one percent for the outlying areas; 6.5 percent for National Leadership Activities; and such sums as necessary for continuation awards.

The Department of Education Services

The Department provides leadership and supervision to the divisions listed below:

Dr. Linda Vrooman Peterson
Division Administrator

Career, Technical and Adult Education
TJ Eyer
Division Administrator

Educational Opportunity and Equity
BJ Granbery
Division Administrator

Health Enhancement and Safety
Karin Billings
Division Administrator

Indian Education

Lynn Hinch
Interim Division Administrator

Special Education
Frank Podobnik
Division Administrator

Related Links

Accreditation Standards

Federal Programs

Safe Schools

Scholarship Programs

State and Federal Grants Handbook

Education Services Contacts

Nancy Coopersmith
Assistant Superintendent

Steve York
Assistant Superintendent

Tobie Liedes,
Administrative Specialist

Sally Cohen



Gifted & Talented Education

Montana school districts shall provide education services to gifted and talented (G/T) students that are commensurate to their needs and foster a positive self-image. Districts are required to have a written framework for considering a full range of alternatives for addressing the needs of gifted and talented students. Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) 10.55.804

Gifted education in the state of Montana is governed by two separate legal statutes. The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) 10.55.804 provides the mandate for identification, services to students and the development of a local program framework (plan). The Montana Code Annotated (MCA) defines “gifted and talented children” and sets up the structure for the state funded gifted education grants.

Administrative Rule Montana State Law

ARM 10.55.804

MCA 20-7-901
MCA 20-7-902
MCA 20-7-903
MCA 20-7-904

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State Funded Gifted and Talented Grant Program

Writing Your Montana State Funded Gifted Education Grant
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Gifted and Talented Year-End Report

Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate

AP Exam Fee Waiver Update

Health Enhancement

This program is designed to strengthen the capacity of local school districts to plan, design, implement, and evaluate health and physical education (health enhancement programs). It also assists in the review and development of teacher preparation standards for Montana's units of higher education, and the review of accreditation standards at the K-12 local district level.

Curricula, Activities, and Toolkits

Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit. Learn More!

Health Enhancement Resources

Health Enhancement Standards

HIV/AIDS/STD Education


The program is designed to prevent the spread of HIV infection, and to expand and strengthen the capacity of local education agencies to plan, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of health education, including HIV/STD education.

Program priorities are:

  • Policy - Promote LEA adoption of HIV/STD policies consistent with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.
  • Curriculum - Assist LEAs in developing, strengthening and implementing planned, sequential, skills-based comprehensive school health curricula intended to prevent behaviors that will result in HIV/STD infection. Curricula should conform to accepted practice guidelines and have credible evidence of effectiveness in impacting the behaviors that place young people at risk of HIV infection.
  • Teacher Training - Provide staff development for teachers to acquire the skills they need for effectively delivering skills-based health education curriculum.
  • Classroom Implementation - Work toward the effective delivery of HIV/STD curricula and the integration of HIV/STD prevention education within the context of coordinated school health education in the classroom.
  • Efforts Targeting Youth in High-Risk Situations - Develop the capacity for schools, alternative schools and other agencies to provide education for preventing important health-risk behaviors among indigent youth, minority youth, youth with special education needs and other youth in high-risk situations, including staff development for those who work with youth in high-risk situations.
  • Involvement of Young People - Involve youth in planning, implementing and evaluating HIV/STD prevention efforts to help assure that program efforts address the needs of youth.
  • Data Collection - Conduct surveys to establish the health risk behaviors of youth, and to determine the implementation level of coordinated school health education.
  • Evaluation - Assess the work plan for school-based HIV prevention education at regular intervals.


The Office of Public Instruction's HIV/AIDS Teacher Trainings are FREE 5-6 hour educational opportunities for K-12 teachers, administrators and school staff. The training is often scheduled as a PIR day by the professional development committee in your school. The trainings are offered for renewal units toward education re-licensure.

A training will include an HIV/AIDS "101," Policy for Infected Students/Staff, Education and Work Site Safety issues, Blood borne Pathogen and Universal Precaution guidelines, Human Sexuality, Reasons for Abstinence and Age-Appropriate HIV/AIDS/STD Teaching Strategies for use within a K-12 comprehensive school health program.

If you would like to arrange a training at your school please contact Susan Court at 406-444-3178 or