Montana Office of Public Instruction

Elsie Arntzen is Montana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction

February 28, 2020

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As we wrap up CTE Month, let’s promote career and technical education each and every day! Check out the OPI’s updated Career and Technical Education webpage to learn more about how the OPI and schools are preparing students to be Montana Ready! 

DPHHS Rules on School Health and Safety

The OPI wants to ensure that schools have one point of contact and one webpage with resources so that you are not contacted by multiple people. Resources are available at and you can reach out to Tracy Moseman, the OPI’s Division Administrator for School Health and Safety, at [email protected] or 444-3000.

School Report Cards and ESSA Designations

New school report cards based on 2018-2019 data will be released on March 16th along with Comprehensive, Targeted, and Universal ESSA designations. 

2021 Montana Teacher of the Year Nominations and Applications Open

2021 Montana Teacher of the Year nominations and applications are now open! Please nominate teachers and spread the word. More info can be found at:

School Bus Safety

The OPI along with DOT, MHP, Legislators, school leaders, and concerned community members held a meeting in January to discuss school bus safety. The OPI has updated our bus safety checklist that MHP fills out with pupil transportation directors after we determined that existing ARM allows for districts to extend bus arms if they want to. Additional meetings are being planned to look at ARM or statute changes along with raising public awareness. Feedback is welcome!

2020 Census

The OPI’s serves on the Montana Census Subcommittee on Education & Libraries. It is crucial that schools engage their communities in getting an accurate census count. Federal education funding is dependent on it. Please help spread the word and visit:

Superintendent’s Office February Events

  • Superintendent Arntzen visited school, community, and tribal leaders in northeastern and southeastern Montana as well as the Flathead. She looks forward to additional school visits this spring.
  • Recurring Land Board, Education Advocates, State Library, and School Safety Advisory Committee meetings.

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