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Top student achievement

Reading scores among the nation's best: Montana ranks 6th in the nation for having the largest proportion of public school 4th graders scoring at the highest two levels in reading in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Montana 8th graders rank 3rd in the nation in reading in the NAEP. NAR

Writing scores up : The proportion of Montana public school 8th graders who scored at the highest two levels in writing in the NAEP increased by 16% between 1998 and 2002. RCW

Math scores among the nation's best: Montana ranks 2nd in the nation for having the highest percentage of public school 8th graders scoring at the highest two levels in math.  RCM

Math scores up: The percentage of Montana 8th graders who scored at the highest two levels in math increased by 37% between 1990 and 2000. RCM The percentage of Montana 4th graders who scored at the highest two levels in math increased by 14% between 1996 and 2000. RCM

Best in the nation in science: Montana is #1 in the nation for having the highest proportion of 8th graders who scored at the highest two levels in science. RCS

Science scores among the world's best: Montana 8th graders have the 2nd highest science scores in the world. NLA

ACT and SAT scores among the nation's best: Montana is one of the top 15 states in the proportion of high school graduates with scores in the top 20% nationally on either ACT or SAT college entrance examinations. HE

ACT scores are among the nation's best: Montana's ACT college entrance examination scores rank 4th highest out of the 25 states in which more than half the graduating seniors took the ACT. ACT

Public schools outperform private schools on AP exams: Montana public high school students are more likely than private school students to receive grades on Advanced Placement (AP) exams that qualify for college credit. AP

AP scores among the nation's best: Montana public school students are among the highest scoring in the nation on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam. Montana students have the 7th highest average AP scores in the nation. AP

High quality teachers

More teachers nationally certified: The number of Montana teachers being honored with certification from the prestigious National Board of Professional Teaching Standards has more than doubled since 1999. NBP

All new teachers certified in their field: All newly hired public school teachers in Montana are licensed in their main field. WMM

Among the most qualified teachers in the nation: Eighty-four percent (84%) of Montana public school teachers in core academic fields have full certification and a major in their field, ranking Montana as one of the top states (2nd out of 50) in teacher qualification. WMM

Even more good news

Among the nation's best in preparing students for college: The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education gives Montana a score of 90 for how well its schools prepare students for college, which is the 5th highest score in the country. HE

Among the nation's "smartest states": Montana has been named as one of the three "smartest states" in the country based on the quality of its public elementary and secondary schools. ESR

Schools among the nation's safest: Montana has some of the safest schools in the country. Montana is one of the top 10 states in the country in the percentage of public school 4th graders and the number one state in the country in the percentage of public school 8th graders who report feeling safe in their school. EWQ

Best classroom behavior in the nation: Montana is the number one state in the country in the percentage of public school 8th graders attending schools without a classroom behavior problem. EWQ

Citations

ACT - ACT, Inc. 2002 ACT Composite Averages by State. Data published on ACT Web site. (Similar data exist for earlier years.)

AFT - American Federation of Teachers. Survey and Analysis of Teacher Salary Trends 2000.

ASC - American Society of Civil Engineers. 2001 Report Card for America's Infrastructure.

AP - College Board. 2002 AP National and State Summary Report Tables .

SAT - College Board. 2002 SAT National and State Reports. Data published on College Board Online Web site. (Similar data exist for earlier years.)

CBS - College Board. College Bound Seniors 2002. Data published on College Board Online Web site. (Similar data exist for earlier years.)

ESR - Education State Rankings 2002-2003: Pre K-12 Education in the 50 United States. (Morgan Quitno Press: Lawrence, KS). September, 2002.

EWQ - Education Week. Quality Counts 2002. Building Blocks for Success: State Efforts in Early Childhood Education.

MDR - Market Data Retrieval. Technology in Education 2001 .

MTE - Montana Board of Public Education. Who Will Teach Montana's Children? February 2001.

MTP - Montana Office of Public Instruction. Montana Statewide Education Profile. February 2001. (pdf file)

NBP - National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. State-by-State Listing. November 2002.

DEC - National Center for Education Statistics . Digest of Education Statistics 2000.  March 2001

DED - National Center for Education Statistics. Digest of Education Statistics 2001 . February 2002.

NLA - National Center for Education Statistics. Linking the Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS): A Technical Report. August 1998.

RCM - National Center for Education Statistics. Nation's Report Card: Mathematics 2000. August 2001.

NAR - National Center for Education Statistics. Nation's Report Card: Reading 2002. June 2003.

RCS - National Center for Education Statistics. Nation's Report Card: State Science 2000 Reports. November 2001.

RCW - National Center for Education Statistics, Nation's Report Card: Writing 2002. July 2003.

HE - National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Measuring Up 2002: The State-by-State Report Card for Higher Education. November 2002.

WMM - National Commission on Teaching and America's Future. Doing What Matters Most: Investing in Teacher Qualification. November 1997.

NEA - National Education Association. Ranking and Estimates: Rankings of the States 2001 and Estimates of School Statistics 2002 . 2002. (pdf file)


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