State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen today announced Montana is initiating a new student growth assessment pilot. The Montana Alternative Student Testing (MAST) Pilot Program is a partnership with participating school districts and MetaMetrics, Inc., and is overseen by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. The pilot is designed to lessen the burden of federally mandated testing on local school districts. It also allows for measuring student growth using locally-selected interim assessments. At this time, the MAST Pilot Program will measure third through eighth- grade student achievement in reading and math.