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Montana Information

1.    HiSET Blast


HiSET® Program eUpdate | October 2014

New Spanish-language Resources for HiSET Test Takers

Now available in Spanish! The Quick Reference Guide for Test Takers (PDF) provides a quick overview on how to create a HiSET® account, schedule an appointment and who to contact for questions. Additionally, the Test Taker HiSET Profile Creation (PDF) is now available in Spanish. This registration aid provides test takers the Spanish-language version of the registration profile fields. You can download the new resources from the download library.

New Test Center Search Radius

We have updated the "Test Center Search" feature to include radiuses of 5, 10 and 25 miles for candidates looking for the closest options to schedule a test.

Test Center Reminders

For PBT Centers:

PBT Center ordering of 2015 Batteries

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

2014 Test Books and Answer Sheets

In 2014, test centers can destroy their 2014 HiSET test books and answer sheets once all of the center's 2014 scores have been reported. All materials must be inventoried and reported before being destroyed. To make sure testing is not interrupted, destroy the 2014 stock after receiving the 2015 bundles. A guidance document was sent to all PBT Test Centers that outlined the process on how to destroy the 2014 test books and answer sheets.

HiSET Success Story — Clinton, Tenn.

Due to various life-altering circumstances, Linda Rindler made the decision to drop out of high school at the age of 16. After raising five children and watching her three daughters graduate from college, Rindler decided it was her turn to finish what she was not able to years ago and enrolled in the Clinch Valley Adult Education Program in Clinton, Tenn., to help obtain her high school equivalency. Read more about Rindler's story.

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

Registration is now closed for the first HiSET conference. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas in December.

If you previously registered for the conference and have any questions, please send an email to and you will receive a response within 48 hours.

For more information about the HiSET program, contact us.

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Montana HSE Information

Examiners’ Information from Margaret Bowles:  11/3/14

I would like to summarize the recent HiSET updates, as there has been a lot happening in a short amount of time.

Calculator update: 

The four function calculator is the tool on record.  A basic four function calculator is what is included in the CBT test.

Math Webinar Link: 


Formula information included in the math webinar:

For 2015, formulas will be included in the following ways:

Items with embedded formulas: these are items that cannot be solved without the formula.

Items without embedded formulas, requiring a formula, but the formula is less common than the basic formulas students are expected to know.  The formulas will be on a formula sheet.

Items without embedded formulas requiring a formula but the formula is a basic formula students are expected to know (example-area).  There will not be formulas provided for these types of items.  

PBT test centers will receive laminated formula sheets and quantity to cover seat capacity.

CBT – this will be similar to calculator - where student will access and use on the computer.

Science Webinar Link: 


If you have not looked at these videos yet, I strongly encourage you to do so. They briefly go over the scale score, structure and content, and sample questions. This would be great to share with test candidates. The social studies Webinar will be released very soon. Writing is underdevelopment and will be released after the social studies.

Ordering for 2015

First week of November, ETS will circulate the 2015 ordering instruction, test book destruction instructions, and information about the updated program manual.

Combined GED/HiSET

Your December testing sessions will be the last month to combine scores.

Margaret Bowles, Adult Literacy and Basic Education Director


Credential Letter:  11/10/14

At recent meetings I shared that you would be receiving a candidate credential letter. This letter explains the difference between  three high school equivalency assessments and the state issued credential. I have also attached the HSE guidance from OCTAE. These are important letters for HSE completers to share with postsecondary and employers if they are unfamiliar with the HiSET.

This letter will also be available on the OPI HiSET web page under the Test Taker Information tab.

Margaret Bowles

Click here to access the Candidate Credential Letter.

Marketing – New Item:  11/10/14

NEW:  Montana Tri-fold HiSET Information

Per your request, HiSET/EST has now included HiSET information in the trifold for you to post or print. You can use the designated text blocks for program/test center specific information.

Margaret Bowles

Click here  to access HiSET Trifold Templates for Montana.

·        HISET Trifold BW 2014 MT

·        HISET Trifold Clr v1 2014 MT

·        HISET Trifold Clr v2 2014 MT

·        HISET Trifold Clr v3 2014 MT

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 EdReady Information


These ID numbers will be visible in MABLE within the next few hours.

Margaret Bowles

3.   Montana Instruction Ideas

Check out the Postings 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 below for ideas about instruction. 

4.   Montana Moving Pathways Forward Resources

Click here to access MPF Resources.

5.   Montana Marketing Ideas for Local Programs

Marketing Montana ABLE

With the elections done for the moment, conversations are taking place nationally regarding the marketing of ABE programs.  This can be a great time for programs and adult learners to reach out to elected officials to provide them with information about local programs. 

Maine State Director Gail Senese suggests that “this type of advocacy is, of course, a benefit to the program, but more importantly, it teaches and engages adult learners in the political system. It helps them to learn about their responsibility to become informed on issues and to be well informed when they vote.”

You may want to consider marketing your program by using some of the following tools:

1. Invite legislators to talk to students.

2. Have students send notes of congratulations.

3. Have all program students write a letter to the Governor about why they need adult education and how it is helping them transition to postsecondary and /or employment.

4. Have students write the invitation inviting them to sit in on some classes.

5. Provide an opportunity for some students to share their stories about why access to adult education is so important to them.

6. Have students who have been studying citizenship or US history write to express what they value about our democratic society and invite the candidate to talk about that.

7. Prepare a fact sheet to distribute that hits the highlights of your program and provides information about academic progress, transitions to postsecondary and/or employment. Have a mix of data, information and testimonials.

Montana Fact Sheet

Click here to access Montana Adult Basic and Literacy Education Return on Investment Fact Sheet.  You could use this tool to help framework a fact sheet for your local program.

Involve your students in the education process by having them educate local officials.  Active learning is an excellent teaching tool!

6.   WIOA Update:  Chunk #5 and New National Webinar Posting

WIOA Montana Updates:

Update 11/3 – Chunk #5:  Margaret Bowles

Last week I participated in the Region IV WIOA Town Hall meeting. The Montana delegation participated via WebEX, and it was a wonderful opportunity to join eleven other states in voicing our questions and concerns regarding the implementation of WIOA. The six hour meeting opened with comments from national leaders representing US Department of Labor, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, and Health and Human Services. Each spokesperson discussed why this new law is a game changer. For the remainder of the day, the participants were divided into work groups to address a series of questions. The responses to these questions will be used ensure the January guidance is clear, concise, and meets the needs of state WIOA partners. Below are the Town Hall questions and Power Point presentation.

Please contact me if you would like to discuss the questions or PowerPoint.

Margaret Bowles
Adult Literacy and Basic Education Director

·        Town Hall Questions

·        PowerPoint Presentation 

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

WIOA National Updates:

WIOA Webinar:  WIOA: What Now? Shifts in Policy, Shifts in Practice Webinar Series 

The Senate floor is a long way from your programs and classrooms. Attend the WIOA: What Now? Shifts in Policy, Shifts in Practice Webinar Series to learn more about what WIOA means for educators and explore existing and emerging strategies for your students to increase engagement, accelerate academic progress and prepare for postsecondary education or workforce training.


Webinar #1: College and Career Focused Program Models

Friday, December 5th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EST


This webinar will explore two major shifts for the field of adult education and workforce training named in the WIOA legislation: 1) the need to develop and strengthen career pathways that integrate basic skills and career preparation and 2) a focus on preparing adult learners for success in postsecondary education and the workplace. College and Career Focused Program Models will be a practitioner led dialogue designed for you to consider what these shifts mean for program design and classroom practice. Learn how two approaches, Minnesota Fast Trac and LaGuardia Community College’s Bridge to College and Careers Program, strengthen pathways and move more students into postsecondary education and the workplace.

The WIOA: What Now? Practice and Policy Webinar Series is co-sponsored by the National College Transition Network/World Education and LaGuardia Community College/CUNY.

Future webinars will highlight college and career focused models for English language instruction and models for collaboration between adult basic education and workforce investment boards as examples of programmatic shifts implied in WIOA.


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

o   Transcript:

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

o   Transcript:

·         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. Brain Research and Teaching Webcast Now Archived

Taken from LINCS Evidence-Based Research

Click here to access the archived webinar.

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.

8. Career Pathways New Publication - Implementation of a Sector-Focused Career Advancement Model for Low-Skilled Adults

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways

I came across a newly released publication from MDRC, Implementation of a Sector-Focused Career Advancement Model for Low-Skilled Adults October, 2014 | Betsy L. Tessler, Michael Bangser, Alexandra Pennington, Kelsey Schaberg, Hannah Dalporto), which describes (1) a model used to prepare individuals for jobs in specific high-demand industries or job clusters and (2) job retention and career advancement strategies.  WorkAdvance offers several sector-focused program components including pre-employment and career readiness services, occupational skills training, job development and placement, and post-employment retention and advancement services.  WorkAdvance programs are currently operated by four organizations (two in New York City, one in Tulsa, and one in Greater Cleveland) that focus on a variety of sectors and bring different types of experience and approaches to the implementation of WorkAdvance.

The following link provides access to the full report and the executive summary:

Key Findings from the report include:

·        The WorkAdvance model is demanding, requiring providers to work effectively with both employers and program participants and to incorporate a post-employment advancement component that was new to all of the providers. Yet all four providers are now delivering each of the WorkAdvance components, with post-employment services being the least developed.

·        Screening for program entry was driven by employer needs; as a result, on average, only one in five applicants were eligible and qualified for the program.

·        The “soft skills” taught in career readiness classes appear to have been as important to participants and employers as the technical skills acquired from occupational skills training.

·        Early indications are that completion rates for occupational skills training are high, although they vary somewhat across the providers. In most cases, completion of the training led to the earning of an industry-recognized credential, which is a critical first step toward getting a job in the sector.

Gail Cope, SME, LINCS Program Management Group

9.  Career Pathways:  Webinars – Partnerships that Deliver Results

Taken from LINCS Notice

Upcoming Webinars – Partnerships that Deliver Results:  The Workforce System and Registered Apprenticeship Parts 1 & 2

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming webinar series on The Workforce System and Registered Apprenticeship. 

·        Part 1 will be held on November 6, 2014 at 2 pm Eastern.  (Stay tuned for archived information.)

·        Part 2 will be held on November 20, 2014 at 2 pm Eastern.

Gail Cope, SME, LINCS Program Management Group

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November 6, 2014 at 2pm - Part 1  (Stay tuned for archived information.)

November 20, 2014 at 2pm – Part 2

10. Common Core Lessons

Taken from LINCS Assessment

Just last week Achieve released 50 lessons and units in English language arts/literacy and mathematics that are available to all educators.  The lessons come from K-12 instructors, but with adaptations would be a high-quality resource for the adult educator too.  These lessons were reviewed by a panel of expert reviewers who were trained in the use of the EQuIP Rubrics.  Some have an Exemplar rating that states it is well-aligned with the Common Core Standards and others have received Exemplar if Improved label that according to the Achieve rubric will require some type of improvement.  A list of all these resources can be found here. 

Meryl Becker-Prezocki, SME

11.  PIACC Infographic:  Improving Skills of Young Adults

Taken from LINCS Notice

PIAAC Gateway released a new infographic: Getting Back Up to Speed. The infographic focuses on the skills of U.S young adults (ages 16-24) and uses PIAAC data to provide insight into how their skills compare to other countries in today's global economy.


Find the complete infographic and others at

12. Science:  Next Generation Science Videos

Taken from LINCS Science

Are you familiar with the Next Generation Science Standards?  The standards are based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council.  They were developed through a collaborative, state-led (26 states) process managed by Achieve.  The standards are  “…rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.”  The NGSS link directly to college and career readiness.

The EquIP Rubric (The Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products for Lessons & Units), has been developed to provide criteria by which to measure the alignment and overall quality of lessons and units with respect to the NGSS

Susan Cowles

13. Science:  More Videos

Taken from Health Literacy

You may be aware that a group of adult education teachers of science, led by Susan Cowles and me (David Rosen), has put together a list of free, online science and health-related videos suitable for adult learners, and we have reviewed several of these videos.

Over fifty people, most of them teachers of science, have now downloaded the video list, and I am beginning to get comments from them. For example, an ABE/GED teacher from Virginia wrote "I have downloaded the list and looked at about 4 videos.  I particularly like the links for ck12 and oer commons.  I showed "The scale of the Universe" to my students and they thought it was really neat! Thanks so much for compiling the list.  I will continue to refer to it as my class progresses."

You will find a 20-page version of science video reviews, a few of the videos from this science videos list, at

David J. Rosen


David has shared the video list with Montana.  To download the science video list, click here  After you have had a chance to preview and use some of these videos with your students, please post your comments on the LINCS Science Community of Practice (CoP) at or email them to David Rosen at to post. He is particularly interested in how you use science videos with your students. 

14. Technology:  Tweets

Taken from LINCS


"Open College" aimed at adults who may already have skills & experience that could qualify for college credits. More: 


Americans are increasingly using mobile devices for activities previously done on computers. Read more:  #adulted


Joint @usedgov @DeptofDefense & @DeptVetAffairs program extends reach for 8 Keys to Veterans’ Success #Transitions

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