Montana LINCS Update


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1.    MT ABLE Program Directors’ Meeting Resources


Click here to see what information was discussed during the MT ABLE Directors’ Meeting.  Find out what is new for MT ABLE!


Click here to access all information presented or click on the individual links below:


ABLE Directors Meeting


High School Equivalency Test




2.    Montana High School Equivalency Test:  Clarification about Transition to HiSet


Old Rule/New Rule


Please continue to adhere to old rule until January 1, 2014. You must observe the current rules regarding retakes. New administrative Rule applies to the 2014 HiSET test.


Acknowledgement Form


Currently, your test candidates must sign the form acknowledging that their pre-2014 passing scores will not count when finishing their exam in 2014. I would advise you to continue this protocol, as the OPI has not completed negotiations with ETS. Until contracts are signed, and the process in which GED and HiSET scores will be combined is clearly defined, it is in the students’ best interest to have them understand their scores may expire. Test takers may be apprised of the possibility of banking scores, but it would be important to explain that negotiations are in process and the legal documents guaranteeing this is the case are not completed.


HiSET Facts


The 2014 HiSET will be aligned to the common core standards for math and English/Language Arts. The Phase II test will include alignment to the common core science and social studies standards. The science and social studies standards have not yet been adopted, so alignment will follow adoption.


Please contact Margaret Bowles, Adult Literacy and Basic Education Specialist, if you have any questions.


3.    Montana High School Equivalency Test in the News – Associated Press Article:  Some States Dropping GED as Test Price Spikes


Click here to read Some States Dropping GED as Test Price Spikes.  A variety of media sources have printed the article.  Here is a snippet.


… Last month, New York, Montana and New Hampshire announced they were switching to a new high school equivalency exam, and California officials began looking into amending regulations to drop the requirement that the state only use the GED test. Missouri has requested bids from test makers and plans to make a decision this month. Several others states, including Massachusetts, Maine, Indiana and Iowa, are making plans to request information about alternative exams …

Art Ellison, who leads the Bureau of Adult Education in New Hampshire, called the sudden choice in the exams "the new reality of adult education." His state and Montana are switching to HiSET, a $50 test that the Educational Testing Service, or ETS, is offering. Both states said cost influenced their decision, with Montana's Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau proclaiming in a news release that residents "looking to improve their economic situation by obtaining a high school equivalency diploma should not have to overcome a significant financial barrier in order to achieve that goal."


4.    Montana High School Equivalency Test - HiSET


Have you checked out the ETS website for HiSET, the High School Equivalency Test?  If not,

click here .


Take a look at the following:

·       Test at a Glance

·       Sample Questions

·       Practice Tests

o   Language Arts–Reading (PDF)

o   Language Arts–Writing (PDF)

o   Mathematics (PDF)

o   Science (PDF)

o   Social Studies (PDF)


5.  Montana Alt Ed Summit:  Designing the Future of Learning


Where:  Paris Gibson Alternative School, Great Falls, MT

When:  June 9 & 10


On June 9 and 10, 2013, State Superintendent Denise Juneau is hosting Montana alternative education leaders at an Alt Ed Summit Designing the Future of Learning to be held at Paris Gibson Alternative School in Great Falls, Montana. Alternative education practitioners, educators, and administrators should consider attending. There is no fee for the Summit, and travel reimbursements for travel over 150 miles one-way are available.


Preliminary topics for the Summit include: technology: tapping the explosive use of technology for greater student learning; policy: incorporating greater flexibility with sample variance to standards requests through Chapter 55; and student-centered learning: supporting strategies for student success in the 21st Century.


The Summit kicks off with an early evening reception on Sunday, June 9 at 5pm and concludes on Monday, June 10 at 4pm.


To register, please go to


For more information, please contact Deb Halliday at or 444-3559.


Note from Margaret Bowles:


I am thrilled to be forwarding this email. Representatives from state ABLE programs are cordially invited to attend the first annual Alt Ed Summit. The Summit is being hosted by Superintendent Juneau, and it is a wonderful opportunity for ABLE staff to glean information on cutting-edge strategies and participate in conversation with our state education partners. It would be wonderful if we could have representation from each of our ABLE programs.


Mark the dates on your calendar and hit the registration link.

I look forward to seeing there.




6.  MTLINCS Research 2012 - 2013


Compilation of Research

Click here  to access a compilation of all of the MTLINCS research for 2012 – 2013.   


Click below to access specific areas.                              

·       Adult College Completion Toolkit, U.S. Department of Education OVAE  

·       Improving Adult Literacy Instruction – Options for Practice and Research, National Academy of Sciences, 2012


National Information

7.   Career Pathways:  Free Online Videos

Taken from LINCS Community:  Career Pathways

Click here  to access links to free online instructional videos for adult learners. It has links to web pages with hundreds of short, free online jobs and careers exploration videos.

scroll down to the last group of resources on that page. The header is "Career Pathways Instructional Videos". You will be richly rewarded!

8.  ESL Webinars

Taken from LINCS Community Adult English Language Learners

Click here  for more information about the following ESL webinar.

Webinar #1: Supporting Skilled Immigrants: Essential Resources, Effective Strategies

1:00PM - 2:30 PM EDT Tuesday, April 16th

Webinar #2: Investing in Skilled Immigrant Integration

1:00PM - 2:30 PM EDT Thursday, May 16th

9.  Math:  Financial Literacy

Taken from LINCS Community:  Financial Literacy

Some of you may be interested to know that Khan Academy is offering, and apparently will continue to develop, free financial literacy lessons.

Here's an article about this:

Here's the financial literacy content on the Khan Academy web site

Khan Academy and Bank of America have a partnership to develop the financial literacy content which may appear on the Khan Academy web site and/or on the Bank of America web site

David Rosen

10.  Reading:  Making Sense of Decoding and Spelling Webinar

Taken from LINCS Community Notice

Webinar:  April 16 from 2:00 p.m. EDT

LINCS Community members … are invited to participate in a free webinar on the Making Sense of Decoding and Spelling: An Adult Reading Course of Study curriculum, a resource in the LINCS Resource Collection. This research-based literacy intervention is geared toward adult educators who teach reading and writing and is designed to teach adult learners to decode and spell words accurately and fluently.

Hosted by LINCS subject matter expert Daryl Mellard and Charles A. MacArthur, Ph.D., a Professor of Special Education and Literacy in the School of Education at the University of Delaware, this event will take place on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 2 p.m. EDT.

Additional information including instructions to access the webinar will be distributed shortly. The event will be recorded and archived, and a continuing discussion will take place in the LINCS Community.

11.  Science:  Science Video Review Project

Taken from LINCS Community Notice

Montana ABLE Teachers, are you looking for a fun science professional development activity?  Check out the email below.  You need to respond to David Rosen by April 22!


Science Video Review Project

Science teaching colleagues,


I’m looking for a handful of science teachers (those who teach adults or out-of-school youth) who are interested in working with other teachers in an online group to review free, online science instruction videos. The goal is to put together a good list of teacher-reviewed and rated videos with engaging science content and that ideally also include good science thinking, a list of annotated videos that could be used by students who may have very little science content knowledge.

The purpose would not be to replace or supplant good science teaching, but rather to augment it, to provide opportunities for science teachers to have good videos to use in class (if they have access to a computer and multimedia projector, and perhaps to the Internet, in their classroom) but also for students to watch on their own outside class from wherever they might have access to the web, including on smart phones or tablets, or from a computer at home, work, in a library, or elsewhere.


This science video review project is a volunteer effort. This first part, at least, will not require at great deal of time. The goal might be to review a total of 10-20 videos. If we have 8-10 teachers, and assuming that each video is reviewed by two people, that would probably require reviewing 2-5 videos each. We would develop a simple-to-use video review form. Each teacher would review the videos asynchronously. We would use a Google group, Wiggio group or LINCS micro-group for threaded discussion and to share our reviews. If we needed to review a video or talk together in real time we might use a Google Hangout.


One or two of us, probably at least me, would assemble the reviews into a document that we would make available to this CoP, and perhaps beyond, a document that we would want to be useful to many adult education science teachers. My hope is that we would also learn from doing this and develop an efficient process that is replicable, that other teachers might use. All of those who review the minimum number of videos would be listed as co-authors of the document.

If you are interested in this project, and if we get at least six people who want to do this, we’ll begin in April or May, and continue into the summer. We should have our review document ready by September 1st.

If you want to join this project or if you have questions, please email me at

David J. Rosen


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