Montana LINCS Update



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1.   Montana ABLE MUSWA Survey, Shop Talk Minutes, TABE & Assessment PowerPoint, and The Lexile Framework for Reading


MUSWA Survey Results

Click here  to access the results from the Montana University System Writing Assessment (MUSWA) Survey sent to ABLE participants.


Shop Talk

Click here to review the May Shop Talk minutes.


TABE & Assessment

Click here  to review the TABE Training and Assessment Policy PowerPoint.


The Lexile Framework for Reading

Click here  to review the Lexile Framework for Reading.


2.   Montana ABE Student Highlights


Click here  to read, watch, and listen to student success stories and graduation information from Billings Adult Education.  Don’t forget to share your student success stories with MTLINCS!


3.   Education Research:  America Diploma Project


Click here  to access "2010: Closing the Expectations Gap: Fifth Annual 50-State Progress Report on the Alignment of High School Policies with the Demands of College and Careers."


Since Achieve launched the American Diploma Project (ADP) Network at the National Education Summit on High Schools in February 2005, state leaders across the country have been hard at work aligning their standards, graduation requirements, assessments and accountability systems with the expectations of colleges and employers. To monitor state progress in adopting the college and career readiness agenda, Achieve conducts an annual survey of all 50 states and the District of Columbia on the key college- and career-ready policies that form the basis for the ADP Network. K–12 education.


4.   ESL:  Summary of Discussion


Click here  to access a summary of the discussion held on the ELA list on “Literacy Development of ESL Beginners: Observations and Analyses from the NCSALL ESL Laboratory Classrooms”  


Resources in the Workforce Competitiveness Collection often focus on work-based learning; however, some resources are more general. For example, a recently added resource in the English Language Acquisition (ELA) Collection, Teaching Grammar to Adult English Language Learners, provides an introduction to a research-based rationale for teaching grammar within a meaningful context. Experts who reviewed this resource reported that it gives “an extremely clear explanation of Focus on Form” as a strategy, strategies for integrating form and meaning, and several activities that incorporate explicit and implicit grammar instruction.

5.   Workplace:  Education and Workforce Data Connections

Click here   to access education and workforce data. 


As DQC survey results show, many states have greater capacity to use their rich longitudinal data to answer key policy questions related to serving students in K-12 education. By linking education and workforce data, states increase their ability to answer new questions that affect a broader range of students.

6.   Workplace:  Job Seeker Tools

Click here  to access information about the public’s favorite career sites. 


This page offers the results of a U.S. Department of Labor challenge to the public to recommend their favorite career sites and to provide the sites themselves with a chance to raise awareness about the tools they offer.  The top-rated sites in six categories: general job boards, niche tools, career tools, career exploration tools, Web 2.0, and Other, are featured.

7.   Writing Discussion:  Writing Instruction for Adult Literacy Learners – What Can We Learn from Research with Adolescents?

Click here to access information about the public’s favorite career sites. 


Daphne Greenberg, NIFL Reading and Writing Skills Electronic List Moderator, announced that starting this Monday (May 24th) through Friday (May 28th) the Reading and Writing Skills electronic discussion list will be hosting a guest discussion with Dr. Charles MacArthur. The focus of the discussion will be: Writing Instruction for Adult Literacy Learners: What Can We Learn from Research with Adolescents? For information about the discussion, please go to:


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Norene Peterson
Adult Education Center
415 N. 30th
Billings, MT 59101