Balanced Assessments

The Office of Public Instruction’s Assessment Division is offering a one-day workshop on assessment. The focus of this workshop will be on balanced assessments with the first half of the training emphasizing summative assessments to include an overview of statewide assessments, new additions (including the new Science assessment), protocol, and how to access data for decision-making processes. The latter half of the offered training takes a deep look into using interim assessments in the classroom via the Digital Library, which has been expanded this summer, complete with lesson plans available to address specific learning outcomes.

Topics to be covered:

  • Overview of Statewide Assessments
  • Assessment Accessibility and Test Security
  • What’s new and Accessing the Data
  • Interim Assessments and the Digital Library
  • Hand-scoring Interim Assessments
  • Using Interim Data to Guide Best Practices in the Classroom

This workshop will be led by OPI staff from the Assessment Division. Six (6) hours of OPI Renewal Units will be awarded to participants. One hour will be provided for lunch (on your own).

How to Enroll: Visit the Balanced Assessments registration webpage

2019 OPI Data and Assessment Conference

JOIN US for the OPI Data and Assessment Conference held January 14 and 15, 2019 at the GranTree Inn in Bozeman, Montana.

We are pleased to announce that registration to attend the 2019 OPI Data and Assessment Conference is now open! The conference will be held in Bozeman, MT on January 14-15, 2019. On Day 1 there will be keynote presentation brought to you by the renowned expert on assessment Dr. Jim Pellegrino followed by six sessions and then four sessions on Day 2. Each session will offer five different presentation themes to choose from including our popular new system test coordinator track.

Registration is open NOW.

For all confirmed System Test Coordinators (STCs) and ACT Test Coordinators (ATC), your registration fee will be waived. Use the STC/ATC coupon code during your registration to get complimentary registration. [STCs – you must register as an individual to receive this waiver.]

Please explore our Draft Agenda to review conference logistics and for use for any trip approval needs. A final version will be posted in early January. For recent news and alerts, please refer to the OPI Assessment Conference webpage as we will use this page to publish the most up-to-date information.

Breakout session topics include: Balanced Assessment Systems – Data Literacy – Smarter Balanced – Reporting – Best Practices – ACT – MontCAS policies – Data Quality – Accessibility – Formative Assessment – Collections – Data Visualization – Data-Driven Decision-Making – Interim Assessments – English Learners – Student Achievement – ESSA – Standards-based – Student-Centered – Licensure – Homeless Education – Accommodations – Infinite Campus – Data Stories – Rigor

For questions
, please contact the OPI Assessment Help Desk at 1.844.867.2569 or e-mail us at OPIAssessmentHelpDesk@mt.gov.