The State Assessment Director manages and leads all facets of the MontCAS to ensure the alignment of the statewide assessments with Montana's content standards and the technical quality of the assessments to produce valid and reliable results. The Director is responsible for MontCAS program design, policy, test administration, scoring, reporting, and other technical matters, technical assistance to schools, assessment publications, and communications with stakeholders. This position has primary responsibility for directing and overseeing contracts and other agreements with assessment vendors and multi-state consortia for the administration of statewide assessments to all students, for the setting of academic achievement standards, and for the reporting of assessment results. The Director also oversees the creation and delivery of professional development to K-12 educators on a range of topics related to test administration including, test administration, test security, selecting and requesting accommodations, and reporting and interpreting test results. Results from the system are used for school and district accountability purposes.