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History of the Program

NROC Developmental Math Project and EdReady Montana History

In the years leading up to the gift in February of 2014, Montana Digital Academy leaders worked with the NROC Project, a member-driven non profit organization with the goal of creating open educational resources. This partnership advised in the creation of the math curricular assets, assisted in piloting EdReady, and provided feedback on the program during the spring and summer of 2014. As one of five pilot states, MTDA tested the system at the University of Montana, Missoula’s Sentinel High School, Corvallis High School, and Lolo Middle School. For more information on the NROC math project, visit their website.

Vision and Leadership

EdReady Montana – A Montana Digital Academy Project

Montana Digital Academy, the statewide virtual school,  was created in 2009 by the Montana Legislature to serve K-12 students in Montana through a supplementary online curricular model. EdReady Montana extended upon the MTDA essential offerings (funded by the State of Montana) by helping to address gaps in math readiness and help students become better prepared for their college and career paths.  The program expanded to include a full year of Algebra materials and English in the past 5 years. The uniquely positioned MTDA serves nearly every high school and many middle schools in the state, is funded through the Montana Office for Public Instruction, and resides at The University of Montana – Missoula Campus. With the reach and coordination of MTDA and other educational partners in Montana, EdReady Montana has been deployed efficiently and broadly to all levels (over 600 schools), and ties in with the overall MTDA vision. To learn more about MTDA, visit their website.

Impacting Education in Montana and Beyond

Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation Funding

Based largely on the success of the pilot project at The University of Montana, MTDA partnered with the university to share the data and seek funding for the EdReady Montana Project. The goal was to bring the customizable version of EdReady to all Montana students from middle school to high school to College. The project was funded for an initial 3 years, then renewed for 5 additional years to bring on English and build upon the early successes in math.  The funding allowed MTDA and the state the opportunity to explore, measure and support many use cases and the program expanded to serve students from upper elementary through adult and higher ed in math, and grades 9 to adult and higher ed in English!

To read more about the pilot project, visit this site:

To read through updated case studies from 2021, go to our homepage and scroll down to the ones that most interest you.

Watch the video below to hear from students, educators and our team at MTDA and how we impact student and educator’s lives: