Montana testing data shows little change in statewide math, English scores

Montana education leaders have released the latest results in the assessment that measures elementary and middle school students’ math and English-language arts proficiencies – and the data shows there has been little change this year.

The Montana Office of Public Instruction announced the results of the statewide Smarter Balanced Assessment for the 2018-2019 school year. More than 33,000 students between third and eighth grade took the test.

The data showed 18.9% of students statewide scored in the “advanced” category in English-language arts, 31.1% were “proficient,” 24.2% were “nearing proficiency,” and 25.8% ranked as “novice.” That meant roughly 50% of students were proficient or better, down from 50.5% in the 2017-2018 school year.