Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction:Denise Juneau
Length of School Year: A minimum of 720 (K-3) and 1080 (4-12) school hours are required by Montana state law.
Number of Public School Districts: There are 422 public school districts in Montana.
Number of Public Schools: There are 828 public schools in Montana. ****
Number of Students Served in Public Schools: There are 141,807 public school students in Montana. ****
Number of Teachers in Public Schools: There are 10,521 public school teachers in Montana.****
Number of Charter Schools: There are 0 charter schools in Montana.
Per Pupil Spending: Montana spends $10,092 per pupil in public education. ****
Average Class Size: The average class size In Montana is 13.5 students per 1 teacher. ****
% of Title I Schools: 78.7% of schools in Montana are Title I Schools.****
% With Individualized Education Programs (IEP): 12.1% of students in Montana are on IEP's. ****
% in Limited-English Proficiency Programs: 2.7% of students in Montana are in limited-English Proficient Programs.****
% of Student Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunches: 39.6% of students in Montana schools are eligible for free/reduced lunches.****
Ethnic/Racial Student Breakdown****
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.2%
American Indian/Alaskan Native: 11.8%
School Assessment Data
Graduation Rate: 81.9% of all students entering high school in Montana graduate. **
ACT/SAT rank: 228.4 students per 1000 in Montana had a score of 25+ on the ACT or a 1780+ on the SAT. ***
8th grade NAEP assessment scores:****
Math: 293 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Montana. The U.S. average was 283.
Reading: 273 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Montana. The U.S. average was 264.
% of Students Who Attend College after High School: 51.8% of students in Montana go on to attend some level of college. ***
Number of Private Schools: There are 98 private schools in Montana.*
Number of Students Served in Private Schools: There are 9,274 private school students in Montana.*
The average teacher pay for the state of Montana was $37,770.00 in 2009.##
Each individual district in the state of Montana negotiates teacher salaries and establishes their own teacher salary schedule.
The following is an example of a teacher salary schedule in Montana provided by the Great Falls Public School District.
*Data courtesy of Education Bug .
**Data courtesy of ED.gov
***Data courtesy of the NCHEMS Information Center for Higher Education Policy Making and Analysis
****Data courtesy of the National Center for Education Statistics
##Average salary courtesy of Teacher Salary Info