Classroom Assessment for Language Teaching Conference

The English Language Institute at the University of Montana, Missoula, will be hosting a Classroom Assessment for Language Teaching (CALT) Conference on September 28, 2019. Language teachers of all levels from around the state and country will gather to share ideas, resources, and advice on assessing language skills. A welcome reception and keynote address will take place the afternoon of September 27, with concurrent sessions to follow from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on September 28. Montana teachers are encouraged to submit proposals. Please visit our conference web page to find more information.

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

OPI Summer Institute 2019

Please visit the Montana Behavioral Initiative Summer Institute website to register and learn more.

Join us in celebrating over 20 years of excellence! This year’s institute promises to be one of the best!

Featured Presentations:

  • K-12 School Security Guide
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Setting Up Positive Behavioral and Academic Supports in Early Childhood and K-12
  • Supporting the Whole Student : Considering Student’s Academic, Behavioral and Social Emotional Needs
  • Progress Monitoring
  • Family Engagement
  • Social Learning Networks
  • Creativity in the Classroom
  • Implementing Indian Education for All
  • Restorative Practices
  • Anxiety and the Impact on Student Learning
  • Current Teen Drug Trends
  • Understanding Statewide Assessment
  • Content area sessions in Literacy, Math, and Science!

Join us for special events!

  • June 17th, 8:30 – 11:30AM., Join us for the opening keynote Best Day, Best Play, Best Life with Monte Selby and Kevin Honeycutt.
  • June 17th, 4:30 – 5:30PM, It’s Movie Night with a special showing of the Arlee Warriors.
  • June 18th, 4:30-6PM, Best Practices Expo and Awards Recognition featuring hors d’oeuvres, networking, and showcasing Montana MBI schools with music by Monte Selby
  • June 19, 8:30 – 11:30AM, Keynote session When Less is More: How Simplifying MTSS Can Improve Outcomes & Your Budget with Tessie Rose Bailey

2019 Teacher Academy at Flathead Valley Community College

Network with your peers while you learn best practices and take away lessons you can implement immediately in your classroom.

Session topics include:

  • Differentiation
  • Big 5 Foundational Skills in Literacy
  • Responsive Classrooms
  • Numeracy Routines
  • Observation and Documentation
  • Assessment
  • Inclusive Strategies
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Social Emotional Learning and Trauma-Informed Practices

How to Enroll: Visit the 2019 Teacher Academy on the Flathead Valley Community College’s website 


Summer Institute 2019 – Region IV CSPD

Free professional development conference for educators in Dillon, MT on June 12-14, 2019.

Sessions will include options related to self-regulation, The Great 8, tech tools, assessment, poverty, neural plasticity, classroom management, and teacher stress management.

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