Montana LINCS Update


Greetings from Montana LINCS


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Yee Haw!  It is summertime in Montana!

No, it is not Monday already.  MTLINCS is coming your way early since it is time for a short break.

You can look forward to an update within ten days from the National LINCS meeting in Austin, Texas.

In the meantime, check out the newest information about the HiSET Writing Test.


Montana Information


1.     HiSET Blast


Writing:  More about the HiSET Writing Test for 2015


2015 HiSET assessments will include evidenced-based essays as writing prompts. According to ETS, The students will use a provided excerpt to extract evidence to support their conclusions.   The evidence based essay could be a persuasive essay, but would use textual evidence (quotes) from provided text to support their conclusions rather than a random reference to something they might have read in the past.

There are no reported changes on the time limit at this time.




Check out the 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.


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


Share your HiSET success and graduation stories!


Do you have any graduation or celebration information and/or photos you would like to share?  If so, please send them to Margaret Bowles at mbowles@mt.govShe, in turn, with share these with ETS so that others may learn about Montana success!  Time to share!  Your successes will also be posted at


2.  Montana ABLE Meetings


Click here for more information from the Montana ABLE Spring Meetings has been posted.


                              ESL information and TABE information have been posted.



3.  PIACC Resources:  Still have not had a chance to read about PIACC?  This link is for you:  a 2:26 minute video!


Click here to watch a brief overview of PIACC.  More resources on Post #7 below!                        


National Information

4.  Career Pathways Webinar:  Informational Webinar Supporting CP Initiative

Taken from OCTAE Connection

Please join OCTAE’s new three-year Career Pathways project for the informational webinar, “Moving Pathways Forward: Supporting Career Pathways Integration,” about the project and OCTAE’s services for the field. The webinar will provide an overview of the Career Pathways initiative, describe the technical assistance available to enable states to build and advance their career pathways systems, and share more about the project’s virtual technical assistance benefits and offerings. State-level adult education staff and interested career pathways stakeholders are invited to join project staff at the webinar for a Q & A session and to participate in a follow-up discussion online to learn more about the project and its services.

Fourteen states have now been selected to participate in the initiative: Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. These states will receive customized, intensive technical assistance through direct coaching, as well as access to the resources, tools, and guidance that will help them identify and address their specific career pathways needs. 

According to Johan Uvin, acting assistant secretary for career, technical, and adult education, “We are very excited about the launch of this new technical assistance initiative. It will be an integral part of the ongoing interagency effort to expand career pathways state systems development, and support efforts to better align education and workforce development services with job-driven demand principles.” 

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, from 3 to 4 p.m. EDT.  To register, please click on or copy and paste this link into your browser: If you are having trouble accessing the link, please try a different browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

5.  Common Core

Taken from LINCS Diversity and Literacy


Here is a recent article about the Common Core by the Center for American Progress some of you may be interested in reading. The article’s conclusion is that:


“The Common Core will improve education quality for all students—particularly traditionally underserved students. Raising standards and preparing all students for college and careers will help reduce the disparities identified for low-income students, students of color, ELLs, and students with disabilities.”

6.  Correctional Education:  Kahn Academy Lite

Taken from LINCS Correctional Education


We've been heavily into OERs for a while ($0 or negative budgets).  One of the things we use is an offline version of the Khan Academy (KA-lite).  The majority of students like this format and have had a surprisingly positive reaction to the points that are accumulated for correctly completing exercises.

Idaho Participant


That is fantastic!  I've gotten mixed reviews on K.A. Lite.  I think most students like it -- as much as they like Khan Academy (heavy:)) -- but I've heard instructors lament the fact that K.A. Lite doesn't have the interactivity of the full site.  I recognize that we are constrained by issues of access, but the full site and it's dashboard and tracking are pretty cool...for the money, and the off-line appeal though, K.A. Lite is a homerun.


-- Heather Erwin


7.  PIACC Resources


Taken from LINCS Evidence-based Professional Development


Need a snapshot of PIACC?  AIR and the National Coalition for Literacy have published new resources on PIAAC.


        PIAAC Overview Brochure

        PIAAC: What the Data Say About the Skills of U.S. Adults

        Adult Education Pays for Safer and Healthier Communities



PIACC Education GPS


Have you checked out the PIAAC Education GPS?  This tool can be found at:

Education GPS is the OECD source for internationally comparable data on education policies and practices, opportunities and outcomes. Accessible any time, in real time, the Education GPS provides you with the latest information on how countries are working to develop high-quality and equitable education systems.


You can draw from a wide variety of education indicators and data to construct your own, customized country reports, highlighting the facts, developments and outcomes of your choice.  You are also able to search for specific education indicators by country, theme or level of education and compare the results using interactive charts and tables.  With this site you are able to examine the OECD's extensive research and analysis of education policy around the world. Get a quick overview of key insights and policy options for a wide range of topics in education. Or delve deeper into the OECD knowledge base through quick and easy access to related websites and publications.  The OECD Education GPS is under constant development and the available information is continually growing.

Check out this site and let us know how you might use this in your work!


Gail Cope, SME, LINCS Program Management Group


8.  Teaching:  Too Scare to Learn


Taken from LINCS Diversity and Literacy


Too Scared to Learn: Teaching that Makes a Difference to Successful Learning

Presented by Jenny Horsman

For those of you who were not able to attend this webinar live, you may now view it on NJALL’s YouTube channel.

In the webinar, Jenny Horsman discussed recent research on the impact of trauma on the brain and shared resources and instructional strategies for the classroom. Once again, many thanks to New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning and WE LEARN for sponsoring this event!


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