College and Career Ready Definitions
Montana has not adopted or made available a definition of college and career readiness.
Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Attendance rate
  • Four-year graduation rate
Source: Center for American Progress. (2016). Explore the Data for ‘Making the Grade’. Retrieved from
College and Career Ready Reporting Metrics
Report Card1
Youth Risk Behavior Survey3
Growth and Enhancement of Montana Students (GEMS)
Montana High School Follow-Up Reports5
Early Warning Systems6
ACT enrollment and scores by subject area1
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Current and cumulative GPA6
Dropout rate4
Youth Risk Behavior Survey results3
Student mobility6
Limited English proficient6
Special education6
Completion rate4
Students whose ACT score renders them eligible for full Montana University System (MUS) admission and scholarships4
1. Montana Office of Public Instruction. (n.d.). NCLB report card. Retrieved from
2. Montana Office of Public Instruction. (n.d.). NAEP results. Retrieved from
3. Montana Office of Public Instruction. (n.d.). Reports & data: Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Retrieved from 
4. Montana Office of Public Instruction. (n.d.). Montana’s Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System. Retrieved from
5. Montana Office of Public Instruction. (n.d.). High School Followup Reports. Retrieved from
6. Montana Office of Public Instruction. (2014). Montana Early Warning System. Retrieved from
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation

Montana’s state policy allows students to earn dual credit for academic or CTE postsecondary courses taken at their high school or a postsecondary institution. All public postsecondary institutions in the state are required to accept dual-enrollment credits (ECS, 2015).

Early College High School

Montana is not participating in the Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI). More information about schools participating in ECHSI is available at the ECHSI website (Jobs for the Future, n.d.)


Jobs for the Future. (n.d.). Schools. Retrieved from

Education Commission of the States. (2015). Dual enrollment – all state profiles. Retrieved from

Career Pathways

Montana has modified the National Career Clusters Framework and is implementing 11 Career Clusters.

Montana is currently implementing programs of study—Big Sky Pathways (BSP)—in six clusters, which encompass 15 Career Cluster areas:

  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications
  • Business, Management, and Information Systems
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Services and Resources
  • Industrial, Manufacturing, and Engineering Systems (NASDCTEc, n.d.)


National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium. (2013). Montana [Interactive map of state career technical education profiles]. Retrieved from


Career Exploration and Career Plans

The Montana Achievement Plan (MAP) system is an individualized course planner based on Montana's BSP that provides an easy-to-use tool that helps students prepare for and seek postsecondary educational and training opportunities by giving students a map to guide them through available courses that will prepare them for the next step toward entering the world of work. Montana career plans are not mandated by the state. Montana's BSP is in use but is not mandated by the state. The students included vary across districts.


U.S. Department of Labor. (2013). Individualized learning plans across the U.S. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from

Alignment Between High School Graduation and State College Admission Requirements

High School and College Alignment


High School Graduation Requirements

College Admission Requirements

English Credits:



Mathematics Credits:


3.0 (Algebra I, geometry, and Algebra II)

Social Studies Credits:


3.0 (including global studies and American history)

Science Credits:


2.0 (each course with laboratory experience, including one from among Earth science, biology, chemistry, or physics)

Foreign Language Credits:

None specified (N/S)

See Additional Credits

Arts Credits:


See Additional Credits

Additional Credits:

9.0 (including health [1.0] and vocational/technical education [1.0])

2.0 (from among foreign language, arts, computer science, and vocational education)

Total Credits:





Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT®


Montana Office of Public Instruction Knowledgebase

University of Montana





Early Warning Systems

Montana’s state-specific Early Warning System is called the Montana Early Warning System. Early Warning System data are reported at the grade and school levels. It is not publicly available who can access the Early Warning System data. 


Montana Office of Public Instruction. (2014). Montana Early Warning System. Retrieved from