HELENA - In a 1:30 p.m. Friday press conference, Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen will provide information that she says will show Montana has been out of compliance with federal standards for reporting student proficiency.

A press release earlier Friday from her office said the issues started "under the previous superintendent's administration" and that Arntzen "wishes to make this issue transparent to the public as she begins to correct the problem." 

Arntzen, a former Republican legislator, took office earlier this month. Democrat Denise Juneau had been superintendent for eight years.

Spokesman and federal policy director Dylan Klapmeier said the noncompliance stems from the state's decision two years ago to drop some standardized testing in favor of using scores from the ACT college admission test to track proficiency at the higher grade levels. He said the state received a one-year waiver to deviate from federal reporting standards, but did not receive one for the second year, so numbers reported to the U.S. Department of Education in December are noncompliant.

This story will be updated after Arntzen's presentation.

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