Superintendent Arntzen submits Montana’s strongly supported Federal Education Plan

State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen submitted Montana’s federal education plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for her approval last week, after speaking with Department officials last week to clarify certain aspects of the plan and make minor technical updates.

“Montana’s state plan is the culmination of months of diverse community input from across the state about how we can best prepare all Montana students to succeed,” Arntzen said. “I want to thank all of the parents, educators, and business, tribal and community leaders who helped create Montana’s ESSA plan and I look forward to it being signed by Secretary DeVos.”

Montana’s ESSA plan will:

• Support academic growth in all of Montana’s unique student populations

• Engage families and communities

• Promote local control and flexibility

• Raise mental health and suicide prevention awareness

• Drive focus on STEM and CTE education

• Increase student awareness of opportunities to be community, career, and college ready

• Help recruit and retain high-quality teachers, especially in our rural communities

Montana’s ESSA plan has received support from diverse stakeholders across the state, including U.S. Senator Steve Daines, Governor Steve Bullock, the Montana Parent Teacher Association, the Montana Rural Education Association, the Montana School Counselors Association, the Montana School Boards Association, MEA-MFT, School Administrators of Montana and the Montana Quality Education Coalition.

More information about Montana’s ESSA plan can be found at:



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