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Montana Information

1.   HiSET Blast

HiSET Math Test

Click here to access the new Math WebEx recording by ETS.

HiSET Science Test

Click here to access the new Science WebEx recording by ETS.


HiSET® Program eUpdate | September 2014

Resources for States and Educators and Test Center Staff

Answer sheets for the HiSET® practice exams are now available in the Download Library. These blank answer sheets correspond to the practice exams and can be printed and photocopied for your test center.

Test Center Reminders

For PBT Centers:

In 2015, HiSET Test Books will be packaged by battery. You will be able to order nine different battery forms, each containing all five subtests (A-1, A-2, A-3, B-1, B-2, B-3, C-1, C-2, C-3). We will send you detailed ordering instructions soon.

Test Administration Services

HiSET Program Success

Congratulations to Nevada's Department of Education for their recognition by Gov. Brian Sandoval. Sandoval highlighted the ongoing effort to provide critical high school equivalency and alternative education opportunities that help to reduce unemployment and enhance Nevada's workforce. Nevada was the first state in the country to offer multiple options for high school equivalency assessments which are the basis for a Nevada High School Equivalency Certificate. For the full story, visit

HiSET Success Story — Billings, Montana

Battling drug use, Adam Munoz of Billings, Mont., decided to drop out of junior high school. Now sober, in his mid-20s and raising a family, Munoz is motivated to get a college education that will help him pursue a career. Read more about Munoz's success story and how passing the HiSET exam is helping him fulfill that goal.

Does your state have a HiSET success story you want to share with us and others? If so, we want to hear it. Email Sheri Mayo with details. Include "HiSET Success Story" in your subject line.

ETS HiSET Conference

Conference registration closed – no openings!

Montana HSE Information

Conversion Scores:  Please delete.

The revised conversions from GED scores to HiSET scores have changed.  If you have been using a previously posted chart, please delete it.  The conversion is no longer applicable.

 Click here for current HiSET practice test results chart.

 Marianne Shomaker, Montana High School Equivalency (HSE) Specialist

Math and Language Arts Essay Information

Scheduled to be released in the coming weeks is a recorded Webinar to explain a new aspect of the math test. Another Webinar is going to be released on the 2015 essay portion of the language test.

Montana Examiners/ABLE Meeting:  HiSET Resources

Email Follow-up to Examiners: 

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Attached are the trifold templates from Jonna McDonough with the following explanation:

Our marketing team developed one black and white template and three color templates.  Of the three color templates, one does not have a front graphic, the other two have different graphics.  The funky text is simply a text place holder for custom text inserts by programs.


Click here to access HiSET Trifold Templates.

Research Memorandum – Recommending Passing Scores for the High School Equivalency Test: 

Click here to read about the recommended Passing Scores for HiSET. 

Montana HiSET Resources

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.

HiSET Success:  Montana

Do you have a HiSET success story you want to share with us and others? If so, we want to hear it. Email Margaret Bowles with details. Include "HiSET Success Story" in your subject line.

2.   Montana Moving Pathways Forward Resources

Click here to access MPF Resources.

3.   Montana Pep Talk Books

Pep Talk books are now ready.  PEP Talk coordinators, call Mary Ann Walker at 800-541-3904 to order books.

FYI:  One quick note about the new publication. The new DOL website is delayed again until Nov. 24th.  In the PEP Talk books, the login screen shot is for the new website. People can still log into MCIS from webpage, but it won’t look the same as what is posted in the book.

4.   MCAN Poll

Please complete the MCAN Poll by October 29.  Click here to access the poll.

What it is: a poll for MCAN members that will help us determine what services and programs are most important for moving forward.  The survey is a simple 6 question poll, rating importance of services/programs from a scale of 1-10. Should only take a couple of minutes and responses will be invaluable to MCAN.

Why it’s important: this poll will offer valuable insight into how MCAN can continue to grow in 2014/15 and beyond, how to improve its services and enhance members’ efforts in the college access and success arena -- essentially we are asking, What can we do to better benefit you?

Margaret Bowles

5.   Montana Instruction Ideas

Check out the Postings 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 below for ideas about instruction. 

6.   WIOA Update:  Montana ABLE Programs – Stay informed!

WIOA Montana Updates:

Click here  to access Montana WIOA:  Chunking Pertinent Information for Montana.

WIOA National Updates:

Click here  

U.S. Department of Education WIOA Reauthorization site

Transcripts of Videos

·         9/8/14 Video:  Session IV:  Title I - Performance Accountability System

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·         9/2/14 Video:  Session III:  Title I - State Workforce Boards and Unified Plans

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·         8/20/14Video:  Session II:  Overview of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (WIOA)

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·         8/7/14Video:  Session I:  Overview of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): An Overview of Adult Education and Literacy Webinar. This webinar, featured on Aug. 28, provided a broad overview of the legislation, key dates for implementation, and useful information on resources and materials for adult education and literacy partners and stakeholders. The event also featured a panel of representatives from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Labor. See the Presentation slides PDF] and Archived webinar.

National Information

7. The Academic Minute

Taken from LINCS Discussions

Click here to access The Academic Minute.

Inside Higher Ed is pleased to bring you The Academic Minute. The brainchild of Albany's WAMC and its president, Alan Chartock, The Academic Minute features professors from top institutions around the country, delving into topics from the serious to the light-hearted, keeping listeners abreast of what's new and exciting in the academy with topics ranging from updates on groundbreaking scientific research to an explanation of how the board game Monopoly can help explain the economic recession.

The Academic Minute features a different professor every day, drawing experts from institutions within WAMC's listening area and across the country. Each segment is introduced by Lynn Pasquerella, president of Mount Holyoke College. Pasquerella is also a professor of philosophy at Mount Holyoke, specializing in medical and legal ethics.

Snippet #1:  Health Literacy

Wash Your Hands!

Snippet #2:  Writing

Writer’s Block

8. Brain Research and Teaching Webcast:  October 29

Taken from LINCS Evidence-Based Research

The Cognitive Science Revolution:  How Brain Research Can Improve Teaching and Make Learning More Fun

October 29, 2014, 10:30am ET - 11:30am ET

Bookmark this link to watch the live webcast

Benedict Carey, Science Reporter for The New York Times, author of How We Learn
Maya Shankar, Senior Policy Advisor for the Social and Behavioral Sciences, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy
Glenn Whitman, Director, Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy, Center for American Progress

Over the course of a generation, what we know about the brain has grown exponentially. As a result of our improved understanding of our minds, we now have more insight into how children—and adults—learn best. Cognitive science has yielded some paradoxical findings, including that play may be the best way for children to learn the self-control needed for hard work; that rote memorization can be a stepping stone to using higher-order critical thinking and problem-solving skills; and that integrating arts into the curriculum can improve students’ long-term memory of what is taught.

Unfortunately, this research has often been slow to make its way into schools or is used in haphazard ways. Please join the Center for American Progress for this event, at which we will discuss ways in which findings from cognitive science can be applied in the classroom to improve teaching and learning. Implications for federal, state, and local policy will be discussed.

9. College and Career Readiness:  Checking Lessons to Determine the Alignment to the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education

Taken from LINCS College and Career Standards

Achieve has partnered with the Teaching Channel for a series of videos that focus on  EQuiP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products). EQuiP is an initiative designed to identify quality materials aligned to the Common Core Standards.  The videos illustrate how teachers have used the EQuiP Rubric to examine lessons in Mathematics and English Language Arts.  If you would like a further explanation of these videos, click here.  You will find many helpful resources on this page.

Meryl Becker-Prezocki, SME

10.  Corrections:  Open Educational Resources for Use in Corrections

Taken from LINCS Correctional Education

A few of us in the Northwest are working on collecting and sharing open educational resources that are appropriate for use in Corrections.  We've started curating those at a site

We are also collecting solutions to the challenge of bringing technology into Corrections Education.  Each month we meet virtually to discuss these solutions and catalog those discussions and solutions on the site.

I am hoping to collect more of these resources to share broadly throughout our community of educators.

Brian Walsh

11.  ESOL: Helps Literacy, ELL Students Express Creativity

Taken from LINCS Adult English Language Learner

In its efforts to provide more writing tools for educators, has launched a free interactive digital comic book for students enrolled in literacy and English Language Learner programs.

The book, MakeBeliefsComix FILL-ins,  is found at and is a do-it-yourself comic book where students supply the words to complete the book. The comic e-book provides a place where students can give MakeBeliefsComix characters their own words and thoughts.  All students need to do is follow the writing prompts and fill in the blank talk and thought balloons to determine what characters say and think. 

Some comic situations in the book:

·        A girl is depicted with several blank thought balloons around her head with the caption: So many things on her mind.

·        A character is shown singing a song with a blank balloon over her head, and the caption asks, Quick, give her some lyrics to sing.

·        A character is shown with her father who has a blank talk balloon over his head, with the caption saying: The words she always wanted to hear. 

The book’s interactive PDF format allows readers to write directly on their computer screens into the blank talk and thought balloons on the different pages.  When students are done typing, they can simply save the document until the next time they are inspired to make new entries or print out what they created … 

12. Math:  Problems of the Week/Month

Taken from LINCS Math and Numeracy 

… if you are looking for your own problems of the month check out this website:  

There is a lesson planned out with the CCSS and Mathematical Practices already listed.  They come with all the "tools" you need to complete the activity in your math classroom.

Brooke Istas

13. Math:  TEAL Math Works! Guide

Taken from LINCS Math and Numeracy 

An instructional resource in evidence-based mathematics and numeracy for adult education teachers has been posted in the LINCS Resource Collection, "TEAL Math Works! Guide".  This resource is for NRS EFL Levels 1 - 6.  Click here to access the resource.

Here is the abstract:

"The Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) Math Works! Guide,a companion piece to the TEAL Just Write! Guide, is an instructional resource for adult education teachers.  It is designed to increase instructors’ familiarity with evidence-based mathematics and numeracy instruction and to facilitate the translation of research findings into teaching practices that will enhance the quality of instruction delivered to adult learners.  It synthesizes important practices and competencies represented in current research on mathematics instruction.  The principles presented are rooted in the work of the National Research Council, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, as well as in the Common Core State Standards, a product of the National Governor’s Association.  Many of the activities are based on field-tested content from the Adult Numeracy Instruction-Professional Development (ANI-PD)."

Brooke Istas

14. Science:  Science Teaching Sampler Webinar and Resources

Taken from LINCS College and Career Standards

In case you missed it (October 22, 2014), the webinar “College and Career Ready Science Teaching Sampler” can be found in its archived home at  

This webinar was produced by the National College Transition Network.  I was pleased to be in the online audience to hear three great speakers: David Rosen, Meghan McNamara, and Cynthia Zafft.  They gave us, as the webinar description promised, “…a tour of free, high-quality science teaching and learning resources available on the Internet”.

The resources highlighted in this webinar can be used effectively in integrated instruction of many important skills, in particular the skill areas of reading, writing, and math/numeracy. Science topics are great vehicles for such integration, because they are often of high interest: issues of human health, environmental concerns, climate, and so forth.  We’d like to follow up with a further discussion of the resources highlighted by the presenters. 

First, David Rosen talked about the Science Videos Project he directs.  These resources can be found through David’s postings on the LINCS Science Community of Practice.  Participants in that review project are members of the LINCS CoP, and additional members are always welcome to join! (just contact David).

In the webinar, David talked about the importance of the WAYS in which instructors use science videos in instruction.  In addition to his reading on the subject, David has interviewed a number of practitioners in order to investigate practical, effective ways for the integration of science videos …

Susan Cowles

15. Teacher Expectations

Taken from MCAN

"A new study from the Center for American Progress concludes that teachers' expectations for their students are strongly correlated with students' graduation rates. Unfortunately, the study also says that teachers don't necessarily have high expectations for all of their students, especially poorer students and those of color."

Click here to read Study: 'Pygmalion Effect' Links Teacher Expectations to Student Success

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