- Associated Press - Saturday, February 18, 2017

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A review of the policies and procedures of the Office of Public Instruction could cost up to $2,850.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2lsbmzh ) the office contracted with CMS Communication and Management Services for the review after Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen announced in January that Montana was out of compliance with federal testing regulations.

Montana received a federal waiver to use the ACT to evaluate juniors rather than Smarter Balanced tests, which rate students with four categories.

Former Superintendent Denise Juneau said the state didn’t have an approved formula to convert ACT scores to Smarter Balanced scores. Test results were all reported as proficient, and Juneau’s office planned to revise them later.

The contract with CMS says the review will ensure future compliance and that employees have appropriate venues to report violations of standards or policy.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com


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