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Governor:Steve Bullock
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Elsie Arntzen
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:144,532
Number of school districts:499
Number of public schools:831
Number of public school teachers:10,234
Unadjusted education spending per student:$11,017
Percent minority students:20.4%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:43.6%
Percent of students with disabilities:11.8%
Percent of English-language learners:2.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:41.3%
8th grade math:35.7%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:36.4%
8th grade reading:35.1%

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This Quality Counts 2017 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
The federal role in K-12 is an issue for both candidates as Democrat Denise Juneau, the state schools superintendent, seeks to unseat incumbent GOP Rep. Ryan Zinke.
October 26, 2016 – Education Week
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 10, 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.
January 7, 2016 – 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 28, 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 30, 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.
June 4, 2015 – 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 15, 2014 – 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 15, 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

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