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Montana First State to Receive Testing Waiver Grant

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Today in Helena, Superintendent Denise Juneau and U.S. Senators Max Baucus and John Tester announced the Office of Public Instruction has been granted a testing waiver from the U.S. Department of Education.

Montana applied for the waiver to avoid double-testing of Montana students this school year and to help schools transition into a statewide assessment in 2015 that will be completely new. The Office of Public Instruction applied for this waiver in September and is the first state to receive it.

Denis Juneau ,Superintendent of Public Instruction, said "This replaces our old test, moves it online, allows schools and teachers and students a try out year. They get to look at the questions they get to see if their technology is going to be ready for when it becomes real in the following year, but this really will move our education system forward."

Juneau received support for the waiver request from multiple educational groups around the state in addition to the Office of Public Instruction receiving more than 350 comments in support of the waiver request.

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