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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

  • Plan to Administration State Assessments this Spring

    School districts should plan on providing students the opportunity to assess when it is safe to do so. On April 6, the OPI received a letter from the U.S. Department of Education (Department) declining the approval of the Montana’s strategic waivers for testing, accountability, and reporting. The Department indicated the OPI had not demonstrated the specific circumstances that would warrant granting a waiver of the annual state assessment requirements and, specifically, not administering state assessments at all.  To provide flexibility to schools and students across Montana, the OPI has  extended all testing windows this spring to the greatest extent practicable using a balance with reporting information to families and educators. Further, the OPI leveraged all feasible assessment flexibilities allowed by the Department, including a shortened version of the Smarter Balanced assessment for Math and English language arts (ELA), medical exemptions related to the effects of COVID-19, and relief from the 95 percent participation requirement under the federal accountability process and school identification rules.

    Added April 12, 2021
  • Alternate Montana Science Assessment Live

    The Alternate Montana Science Assessments will be available until May 28, 2021.

    Added March 15, 2021
  • Montana Science Assessment Live

    The Montana Science Summative Assessments and the Science Interim tests will be available until May 28, 2021.

    Added March 15, 2021
  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments Live

    The Smater Balanced Summative and Interim tests will be available until May 28, 2021.

    Added March 8, 2021
  • Resources to Get Ready for Spring 2021 Tests!

    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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