HELENA, MONT. – The Office of Public Instruction is seeking applicants to serve on a negotiated rule-making committee to review updated science content standards.

With the passage of SB 345 by the 2015 Legislature, the OPI is following a new process for adoption of content and performance standards. The process involves the establishment of a negotiated rule-making committee to review and advise the Board of Public Education about rules relating to K-12 content and performance standards. The committee will also advise the OPI on the preparation of an economic impact statement.
The OPI is using this new process to revise the K-12 health enhancement, arts, and science content and performance standards.
The OPI is seeking applications from interested parties to serve on the negotiated rulemaking committee, including individuals from the following groups: school district trustees, K-12 school administrators, K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, school business officials, parents, and taxpayers.
The OPI has posted an online form for individuals to apply to serve on the negotiated rulemaking committee. An applicant may represent more than one category, such as teacher and parent of school-aged children. Each nominee must be able to cover committee participation costs such as telephone calls, travel, and per diem expenses.
The application requests:
  • contact information
  • school district represented
  • other groups the applicant represents
  • brief explanations of how the applicant’s experience and perspective help to meet the selection criteria for: cultural diversity and geography, health enhancement content experience, size and grade levels of the school population represented
Click here to complete an application. Applications will be accepted via the online form through Jan. 29, 2016.
The negotiated rulemaking committee will convene its first of two meetings in March or April in Helena. The committee will conclude its work by mid-May.
If you have any questions, please contact Jael Prezeau, Administrator, OPI Content Standards and Instruction Division at jprezeau@mt.gov.