Working together, Cambium Assessment, Inc. and the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) use this portal to provide access to on-line systems and resources for administering Smarter Balanced, Montana Science, and Alternate Montana Science Assessments. These assessments are part of Montana’s Comprehensive Assessment System (MontCAS), which has been designed to provide parents and teachers with valid, useful information to help all students succeed.

Please visit OPI’s website for more information on other Montana assessments.

Recent Announcements

  • Alternate Montana Science Assessment Live

    The Alternate Montana Science Assessments are now available as of Monday, March 15, 2021.

    Added March 15, 2021
  • Montana Science Assessment Live

    The Montana Science Assessments are now available as of Monday, March 15, 2021.

    Added March 15, 2021
  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments Live

    The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments test window has opened. Summative tests are now available as of Monday, March 8, 2021.

    Added March 8, 2021
  • State 2020–2021 Testing Requirements

    On February 22, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) sent a memo to Superintendent of Public Instruction on guidance for the assessment, accountability, and reporting requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The OPI is in process to secure the “Academic Achievement” indicator waiver to grant school districts relief from participation rates below 95 percent. The opportunity to assess for students receiving in-person schooling will remain. In pursuit of additional flexibilities under the February 5th application, the OPI will not remove any opportunities for state assessment. Students who are receiving remote-only instruction should be afforded the opportunity to participate in testing on campus. However, it remains our priority to protect the health and safety of staff and students.  

    Added March 5, 2021
  • Resources to Get Ready for Spring 2021 Tests!

    The OPI recognizes the pandemic challenges Montana schools face and are seeking flexible approaches to administer these assessments. The OPI has secured the option to extend the Montana Science Assessment (MSA), Alternate MSA, and Smarter Balanced test window to May 28, 2021 to support schools with test administration flexibilities (see the OPI Published Test Window). The Montana Pre-Testing Checklist has been prepared to help schools prioritize tasks that should be completed before the planned testing day to ensure a smooth testing experience for students.

    Added March 1, 2021
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