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Education Facts and Statistics

For the 2008-2009 academic year the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) reported that during Montana had 429 total school districts. Within these districts there were 444 elementary schools, 214 middle schools, and 171 high schools. Altogether there were 829 schools.

OPI also reported that during the 2008-2009 academic year the majority of Montana’s public schools, that is 41 percent or 336 of the 829 schools, have less than 50 students. During that same year 122 schools (15 percent) had 50-99 students, 161 schools (19 percent) had 100-249 students, 160 schools (19 percent) had 250-499 students, and 50 schools (6 percent) had over 500 students. Also during 2008-2009 Montana’s public schools had a total of 142,082 students enrolled, and 11,789 attended private schools or received home school educations. In 2005-2006 the US Department of Education reported that the student-teacher ratio was 14.1, whereas the national average was 16.2 students per teacher.

Montana's average SAT and ACT scores are consistently above the national average. For the SAT the high score is 800. In 2009, 22 percent of Montana graduating seniors took the SAT. For the ACT the high score is 36. In 2009, 54 percent of Montana graduating seniors took the ACT. The following are Montana's graduating seniors' average 2009 SAT and ACT scores compared to the national average:

Test Montana National
SAT Verbal 541 501
SAT Math 542 515
ACT 22.0 21.1

Visit the Montana Office of Public Instruction for more information.

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