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Governor:Steve Bullock
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Denise Juneau
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:144,129
Number of school districts:409
Number of public schools:824
Number of public school teachers:10,310
Unadjusted education spending per student:$10,625
Percent minority students:19.5%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:41.4%
Percent of students with disabilities:11.4%
Percent of English-language learners:2.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:40.9%
8th grade math:38.9%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:37.3%
8th grade reading:36.9%

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Testing issues and states without NCLB waivers are among the topics discussed in some recent the Education Department guidance on transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act.
February 8, 2016 - Education Week
This Quality Counts 2016 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
December 30, 2015 - Quality Counts
State schools chiefs are looking to Montana for help in addressing the academic and community needs of one of the nation’s most disadvantaged populations.
October 27, 2015 - Education Week
A pilot professional-development program funded by the National Science Foundation introduces elementary school teachers to a method of advanced problem-solving.
September 28, 2015 - Education Week
This Diplomas Count 2015 State Graduation Brief contains state-specific data on high school completion and includes a special focus on students with disabilities. The information is presented in a series of charts and graphs, and includes comparisons to national averages.
May 29, 2015 - Education Week
Experts say that fiber-optic cable is still the "gold standard" for providing schools with high-speed connections to the Internet, but for many districts, accessing complete fiber networks remains a challenge.
January 14, 2014 - Education Week
High-speed fiber-optic cable is generally regarded as the best vehicle for satisfying schools' huge appetite for more bandwidth, but only about 40 percent of U.S. districts are believed to have access to it.
January 14, 2014 - Education Week
Montana, Idaho, and South Dakota say they'll flout the 2014 deadline on AYP, while the Education Department warns such action won't be tolerated.
July 6, 2011 - Education Week
Teachers are introducing algebra concepts to pupils in the early grades by tapping their intuitive math skills.
February 10, 2009 - Education Week

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