Montana LINCS Update


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1.  Montana ABLE Data Quality:  Save the Date!


September 18 and 19 in Helena - More information coming soon!


2.  Montana MABLE User’s Manual:  Updated July 2012


Click here   to access the updated MABLE User’s Manual.

National Information

3.  Fiscal Resource:  A Time of Scarce Resources


Taken from LINCS Professional Development Discussion List

Click here  to access A Time of Scarce Resources.


CAAL has just released a paper titled A TIME OF SCARCE RESOURCES: Near Term Priorities in Adult Education.  This 34-page report (plus appendices) is by Forrest Chisman and Gail Spangenberg.  It presents the results of a survey project in which over two dozen adult education and literacy leaders responded in depth to a series of questions having to do with highest priority next steps for the adult education field in this time of scarce financial resources. The main section of the paper discusses four consensus or near-consensus areas of high priority importance--high intensity-managed enrollment instructional models, professional/staff development, use of technology, and creative funding.  The other major section of the paper presents a menu of ideas more general and varied in nature, including discussion of whether to articulate core curriculum standards to the new GED.


4.  Learning Disabilities – Human Factor:  A Bridge from Dyslexia


Taken from LINCS LD Discussion List

Click here to access an article about living with a disability.


5.  Learning Disabilities:  The Misdiagnosed Child


Taken from LINCS LD Discussion List

Click here   to access the article about behavioral vision disorder.


6.  Math Resource:  Weather


Taken from LINCS Math and Numeracy Discussion List

Click here  to access how to use weather to teach math in your classroom.


7.  New GED® Test:  Guide, Samplers, and Statistical Report


Taken from GED Announcement

Assessment Guide for Educators


Click here  to access the guide.


The three chapters of the Assessment Guide for Educators have been updated to provide additional clarity in response to observations from the field. The following changes have been made:

·        The multiple-select item type has been removed

·        The names of two content areas have been modified:

o   Literacy is now called Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA)

o   Mathematics is now called Mathematical Reasoning

·        Tables, charts, and grammar have been cleaned-up throughout for ease of use and readability

·        The three chapters have been combined into one PDF


2014 GED® Test Item Samplers


Click here  to access the Samplers.


The Item Samplers are tools designed to provide adult educators with example content and test items that will appear on the new test. 


There are four Item Samplers, one for each of the content areas on the new test: Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA), Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies. Each of the Item Samplers is available in three different formats, but all contain the same information:  


·        A web-based or online version that requires Internet access

·        A downloadable version that, once downloaded from the Internet, can run on a computer without an active Internet connection

·        A PDF that contains screenshots of each Item Sampler and is designed for use in situations where a paper version of the sampler content is desired


Statistical Report


Click here to access annual GED statistical report.


8.  Transitions:  Free Professional Development Online Course for College Bridge Classes


Taken from LINCS Transitions Discussion List

Click here to access Be Prepared! A College Guide to Success.


Adult Basic Skills Professional Development, providing professional development to adult educators in North Carolina, is pleased to announce the release of our newest online course, Be Prepared!


The course is designed to help adult education students gain knowledge about what postsecondary education is like including such topics as what the college placement test (CPT) is, why it is so important to prepare for the CPT, what a college class is like, college study skills, and college academic skills.  The course is based on filmed interviews with college developmental educators from across the country, CPT experts, and former adult basic skills students now in college.


There is also a "For Instructors Only" section that gives information to instructors on how to encourage students to attend postsecondary education, why changing the cultures of our programs to encourage transitions is important, and why the CPT is so crucial to our students' postsecondary success.


The course is free and does not require a username or password.  The videos make great conversation starters in college bridge classes as well as any other adult basic skills class, so please feel free to make use of it!


9.  Workforce:  Poverty Resource


Taken from LINCS Workforce Discussion List

Click here  to access Spotlight on States.



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