Montana LINCS Update


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Montana Information

1.    HiSET Blast

Questions and Requests for HiSET Team:  Submit by March 4th

Don’t forget!!!  The HiSET team will be meeting with participants at the ABLE Directors’ Meeting on the afternoon of April 7th.  Margaret Bowles, Adult Literacy and Basic Education Director, invites you to submit questions about HiSET so that they may be addressed at this meeting. Please submit by March 4th your questions and requests for HiSET operations and procedures you want reviewed to Margaret at

  HiSET Program News 

       The Spanish language version of the HiSET informational website is now live. Check it out at . There is a control at the top of the page next to the "Search" box that enables you to switch from Spanish to English on any page. In addition, all of the site content has been translated including the state-specific requirements pages.

       Remember that the HiSET program is active on Twitter and we're posting information about the program, news and press releases, retweets, education policy links, event announcements, and more. Spread the word and follow us @HiSET_ETS and #HiSET.

       The HiSET Program has tested 748 high school equivalency candidates in February.

         There are almost 1300 test takers scheduled to take the HiSET exam. 

 HiSET Action Items

       Some test centers have been having issues if they are located outside of normal UPS areas. ETS is now working with UPS to arrange for ETS paid pick-ups for the test centers located outside of UPS pick-up areas.

       A message pertaining to metal detector wands was distributed to all test centers in the ETS system.  This information does not apply to HiSET only testing centers. 


Check out the newly shared resources on the HiSET Resource page at 

Remember:  The resources below are teacher-designed resources that may be changed as teachers learn more by experience with HiSET and more vendor HiSET materials become available. 

       Persuasive Writing Topics

        Practice Test Answer Key for Practice Test #1 (free)

       Practice Test Answer Sheet

       Readiness Table

       Scoring Guides for Reading/Writing Tests

Have you created any resources that you are willing to share?  Please email them to MTLINCS. 

HiSET Brand Information

Go to the HiSET Resource page to access the HiSET Brand Guide.

Montana Requirements 

Questions about Montana requirements for the HiSET?  Click here for more information. 

2.  Montana Technology Community of Practice (COP)                    

Tim Ponder has just introduced three new numeracy websites to the MT COP participants.  One of them is an offline version of Kahn Academy (KA Lite) which might be something corrections instructors may find usable.  Stay tuned for reaction from participants!

Click here and click on the weekly posts.

3.  MTLINCS Research 2013-2014:  Improving Adult Literacy Instruction – Options for Practice and Research

 Review Research Postings! 

Click here to access 2013-2014 research postings from Improving Adult Literacy Instruction.  Click here to email questions or comments.  

Coming next:  Research Conclusions and Recommendations

4.  National Webinar on March 13:  Time to Reskill

Taken from Notices

NOTE: new date! The original February date was postponed due to weather. Please use this link to register for the rescheduled webinar.

Join the U.S. Department of Education, American Institutes for Research, and adult education advocates for a webinar on March 13, from 1:00pm-3:00pm ET. With the recent release of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)’s Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies, (PIAAC) demonstrating the direct relationship between skills and economic security, health, and educational advancement, there is even more urgency to address the needs of low-skilled learners and equip the teaching workforce to help such students achieve their academic and economic goals.

The Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) launched a national engagement effort on November 20 (see archived announcement) to explore ways to increase our national capacity to improve the foundation skills of adults in the United States. OVAE is particularly interested in engaging with adult educators to solicit their input into a forthcoming national action plan. 

This webinar will be an opportunity to receive a briefing on the PIAAC data, the OECD’s special report on America’s low-skilled population, Time for the U.S. to Reskill?, and engage in a focused discussion about the issues facing adult education. 

To prepare for the webinar, see the Consultation Paper, which provides background on the skills issue and the framework for the national action plan. The discussion will continue online in various groups within the LINCS Community of Practice.

National Information

National LINCS Update

Dear LINCS Community members,

Today we debut exciting upgrades to the LINCS Community! Our team has been working on these improvements for many months, and we hope they will make it easier and more enjoyable than ever to participate in discussions, events and more. We invite you to log in, update your profile, and check them out. 

The following features are now available. In the coming days, we will post specific announcements about how to use each feature.

Like Button: Similar to other reputable online communities, we’ve created a Like button you can use to show your enthusiasm for your favorite content. Just look for the thumbs up button throughout the community to like something.

Simplified Email Subscriptions: Setting your email preferences is easier than ever, with a new dedicated space to manage your subscriptions in each group and the My LINCS tab.

Group Quick Links: The updated Groups page features quick link icons to take you directly to the section of each group that you would like to visit.

Polls: The subject matter experts will post polls to provide another way for you to participate with your fellow members; find them on the menu bar of your groups.

Updated look: Our refreshed design makes it easier to follow comments in a discussion thread and find the different actions you can take in a thread. You can also quickly reach featured events and resources from the dynamic banner on the home page.

Saved Posts: If your internet browser crashes while you are writing a discussion or comment, your work will be saved in its original location.

Stay tuned for more details about these features, and please contact us in the meantime if you have any questions.

Best regards,
The LINCS Community Team

5.  Adult Education History

 Taken from OCTAE

Federal Adult Education: A Legislative History 1964-2013 is a careful examination of the origins of federal involvement in adult education. The report provides a chronological mapping of federal laws for adult education, offering a historical perspective along with insight on the years ahead. As the first compilation of the history of adult education legislation, the report spans from the mid-60s into the new century, providing a broad historical overview for general readers. It also serves as “a guide to primary source material related to federal legislation and on adult basic education.”

Readers can trace the ongoing role that adult education has played in helping the nation’s adults improve their lives—from expanding work opportunities to promoting assimilation into the culture of this country by providing English language instruction.

As chronicled in the report, the civil rights movement of the 1960s catapulted the Economic Opportunity Act (1964) into law, providing the impetus for the federal government to work with states and expand adult education opportunities. This key legislative turning point brought an increased awareness of the need for quality education—not just for children but also for adults—as well as of the changing needs of the workforce, the role of technology, and increasing global competition.

With the passage of this act in 1964, adult basic education legislation set the stage for the federal government’s initiative to address adult illiteracy in the United States. A few years later, in 1966, Congress passed legislation removing adult education from the Office of Economic Opportunity and vested authority for the program in the U.S. Office of Education. Today, the adult education program resides within the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, in the Division of Adult Education and Literacy.

In 1990, decades after the passage of the Economic Opportunity Act, the National Governor’s Association added a goal to specifically address adult literacy. Following this, “the National Literacy Act (1991) provided the first nationwide efforts to increase literacy levels, provide measurable student gains, and institute a National Reporting System to document successes.” Passage of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 subsequently consolidated, coordinated, and improved employment, training, literacy, and vocational programs, and “forged new alliances at the regional level to address the needs of their mutual clients.”

The 50th anniversary of adult education, according to the report, signals the need to once again help adult learners recognize that attainment of a high school diploma alone is not sufficient to remain socioeconomically competitive. Today, higher education or career training is the standard, which underscores the need to improve basic education and lifelong learning opportunities for adults.

In sum, “the continuing goal of adult education in the United States,” according to the report, “is to ensure that adult students and individuals with disabilities are college- and career-ready and have the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue successful career pathways.”

6.  College Resources

Taken from Post-Secondary Completion

The U.S. Department of Education recently launched three new tools to support higher education choice for consumers: the College Scorecard, Financial Aid Shopping Sheet and These tools, along with the College Affordability and Transparency Center and College Navigator, are all designed to put affordability and value first; to develop more informed consumers; and to empower families to make smart choices.

College Scoreboard

Financial Aid Shopping Sheet

7.  Helping Students at Risk:  Free Webinar March 5

Taken from LINCS Technology and Learning

Click here  to register for webinar.

I wanted to share a free webinar I came across in Education Week's Digital Directions newsletter.  It includes the Universal Design for Learning that is so exciting and so applicable in a corrections classroom.  

FREE WEBINAR - Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2 p.m. ET

Helping At-Risk Students Develop Literacy Skills

Join two experts in literacy instruction for a discussion of instructional methods for struggling readers, including universal design for learning, assistive technology, and differentiated instruction. Click to attend this event.

-- Heather Erwin

8.  Technology:  Resources 

Taken from LINCS Technology and Learning

Twitter Resource

Click here to access the Slideshare information presented during the Twitter webinar.  Archived webinar coming soon!

Title: Social Media Webinar Series: QR Codes

Stay tuned for archived webinar.

 Title: Social Media Webinar Series: Pinterest

Stay tuned for archived webinar.

 Title: Social Media Webinar Series: Advanced Twitter

Facilitator: Nell Eckersley

Audience: ESOL, ABE & HSE instructors; program managers

This 30-minute webinar takes us to the next level of Twitter use. We will look at how to participate in Twitter chats and attend conferences virtually by following hashtags using TweetChat, how to turn your Tweets into an online magazine using PaperLi, and how to manage your various social media accounts using a single platform.

Date: March 6, 2014

Time: 3 – 3:30 PM ET


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