Measurement and Accountability

School Staffing Project

Sunday, May 1, 2011, 8:51 pm

The School Staffing Project reached a major milestone on April 26, 2011 when the OPI and Hupp Information Technologies signed the contract for the new teacher preparation and educator licensure information system.  This contract was negotiated based on a Request for Proposals (RFP) that OPI posted January 2011.  This 12 month project will kickoff the week of May 9, 2011. 

The pilot project for the collection of salary and benefits data from two Montana-based vendors is wrapping up, and OPI plans to hold a Lessons Learned meeting in May 2011 as the pilot comes to a close.  The findings from the pilot will be applied to future requirements gathering as a plan is developed to acquire salary and benefit data from all schools and districts in Montana.

The portion of the project that will link the educator, student and course is being done by in-house resources.  These resources are currently refining a master schedule concept that will allow the appropriate data to be collected to establish the linkage. 

The project focus remains expanding P-20 education data systems to include data on school staffing for licensed and classified staff, improving data collection practices and the quailty of data about Montana educators, and informing efforts by policymakers to meet the demand for qualified and effective teachers and administrators.

For more information, contact Sharon Krzemien, 444-1641