Montana releases 2021-22 assessment scores for math and reading

The 2021-2022 end-of-the-year summative assessment scores for Montana were released this week. 

The summative assessment measures math and reading, or English Language Arts (ELA), proficiency in grades three through eight and 11. It is required through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The 2021-2022 school year differed in that the federal Department of Education did not issue any waivers for the end-of-the-year summative assessment scores.

In the 2021-2022 school year, 98.2% of Montana students in grades three through eight participated in the reading assessment. Of those students, 46.1% were at or above proficient and 53.9% were below the proficient level for their grade. For 2020-21, 46.4% were at or above proficient. 

In the 2021-22 school year, 96.7% of Montana students in grades three through eight participated in the math assessment. Of those students, 36.5% were at or above proficient and 63.5% were below the proficient level for their grade. For 2020-2021, 35.6% were at or above the proficient level. 

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