Double-Testing Waiver Granted

The Office of Public Instruction has been granted a testing waiver from the U.S. Department of Education in order to avoid double-testing of Montana students this school year and to allow schools to smoothly transition to a new statewide assessment in 2015.

The request outlines the following: 1) all Montana students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 will take the full form Smarter Balanced (SBAC) field test with the exception of qualifying students with disabilities, who will take the CRT Alternate assessment; 2) the current Science CRT assessment and Science CRT Alternate will continue to be given to grades 4, 8, and 10; 3) AYP determinations from 2013 will roll forward for 2014; and 4) in the 2014-2015 school year, the new Smarter Balanced assessment as well as the state science assessment will be given to all required grades and be used to determine Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) for all schools.

A copy of Superintendent Juneau's official testing waiver request can be found here.

Click here for a copy of the testing waiver approval letter from the U.S. Department of Education.