Montana Schools Achieve Historic Accreditation Levels


Monday, March 15, 2010
By Jessica Rhoades
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Montana Schools Achieve Historic Accreditation Levels

HELENA — Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau announced today that  Montana schools have achieved an historic level of accreditation, with 581 achieving the full accreditation, up from 514 last year and 464 in the 2007-08 school year.

“Having so many of our schools meet these standards is a testament to the professionalism and excellence of Montana educators and communities,” Juneau said. “The increased accreditation is a reflection of the increased expectations and standards we set for our schools.”

At the Montana Board of Public Education meeting on March 12, the board approved Juneau’s recommendations for the 2009-2010 accreditation status for 842 Montana schools. The 842 schools included 822 public elementary, middle and high schools, six state funded schools, and 14 private schools.  Montana Accreditation distinguishes schools, classrooms, and professionals with the standards and resources to successfully steward Montana’s most precious resource, its children.

“This achievement reflects the level of experience and commitment of the people involved in Montana schools at every level,” said Juneau. “Our students, teachers, and communities are making progress.” 

The growing number of schools reaching the highest level of accreditation is a reflection the Office of Public Instruction’s ambitious and innovative work toward assisting Montana schools and furthering the professional development, leadership qualities and technical skills of schools’ staff.


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