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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.

Phone toll-free:



Montana HSE Information:  November                                            

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

Teachers must enter the Student ID when enrolling students in EdReady.  

Student ID numbers are now visible in MABLE.  The student ID number can be found on the student’s summary page in MABLE.  The ID is located in the upper left hand corner right above the students name.

3.   Montana Instruction Ideas

Check out the Postings 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12 and 13 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.   Montana Reading Standards:  Aligning Resources

Click here for an updated version of the Montana Reading Content Standards Aligning Resources.  Check out some new resources.

Reading training for Montana ABLE staff coming in 2016!

7.   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

8.  Career Pathways:  Webinar Now Archived - Part #1 Partnerships that Deliver Results:  The Workforce System and Registered Apprenticeship

Taken from LINCS Notice

Part I of the webinar series, conducted on November 6,  provided an overview of the opportunities available for successful collaborations among the two systems (the Registered Apprenticeship and the public workforce system) to help prepare U.S. workers for successful careers. This session highlighted the Detroit Registered Apprentice Program (DRAP) and the innovative partnerships being used to promote and implement training through apprenticeship opportunities that meet Detroit-area industry and employer needs. The recording for Part I of the webinar series can be found here:

You can view the full presentation and find handouts here:

Gail Cope, SME, LINCS Program Management Group

9.  Career Pathways:  Webinar Part #2 November 20 – Partnerships that Deliver Results:  The Workforce System and Registered Apprenticeship

Taken from LINCS Notice

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

Gail Cope, SME, LINCS Program Management Group

Click here to register.

10. Education:  Student Learning – Blended Real-time Learning:  Is it always important for adult learners to come to class?

Taken from LINCS Technology and Learning

David Rosen has posted a short comment on his blog regarding Blended Real-time Learning.  A few snippets from the comments are posted below. 

Click here  to read more.  Check out the discussion.  What do you think?

Posting #1 by David Rosen

Is it always important for adult learners to come to class? The answer may sound like a no brainer to some. Yes, of course!  Several years ago I would have agreed, but now I am not so sure. With new technologies, if adult learners have regular access to the web through a digital device such as a computer, electronic tablet, or smart phone, if they want or need to they can fully participate in a real-time class from home, work, a library or someplace else where they have Internet access …

Using combinations of software or one integrated web-based application, a teacher can, for example:

·        Present lessons from a classroom electronic tablet that students in class or outside can follow as s/he presents them

·        Ask classroom-based or remote students to present to the class from their own device, and other students in the classroom and at a distance can see their presentations

·        Showcase a student’s work, for example on a tablet, to the entire class, including those at a distance

·        Broadcast messages to all the students

·        Chat (by text) with any or all students

·        Post images, videos (including screen-capture videos), audio files, presentations and other learning resources for students to access both in the classroom and outside, at any time

·        Assign work to individuals or small online and face-to-face groups

·        Enable students assigned to a small group to collaborate on projects from their electronic devices, and

·        Monitor students’ work in their workspaces, and comment on their work.

Attending class remotely might not work for all adult learners. Some may want – and need – to regularly attend face-to-face classes, but some may not; and some who might not be able to attend a class in person that day could attend it remotely, and now have close to the kind of experience that they might have had in the classroom.


This is a relatively new, subscription-based service from SMART Technologies. Its cost is around $10 per student annually. Think of it as an integrated, web-based learning environment for use by students who can access it from Internet-accessible digital devices in the classroom, or from anywhere else that has Internet access.

David J. Rosen

Snippet #1

I have several thoughts about this. The first is that, important or not, adult students can't always make it to class: life intervenes, The second is that my students, beginning literacy students, are not in a position economically or in terms of language skills to make use of all the wonders of technology. Third is that coming to class, when one can,  serves a social function for many of my students. It gives them (especially women and older people who are not working) an opportunity to get out of the house and be in touch with others.

Abbie Tom

Snippet #2

… To me this comes down to what approaches or technologies support adult students in learning more, better, and faster.  I think most of us believe in the efficacy of using multiple modes of teaching and learning.  If a particular mode doesn’t work with a student, we search for others. What David is proposing widens the options.  It helps make learning more convenient and accessible to some.  If the technology does not work for certain students, it should not be used with them.  This proposal opens up the potential for helping students who want or need it.  I agree with Abbie. Some prefer connecting face to face; for others technology might not “work” for them. I guess the real question is whether or not to offer options to those who could benefit from them.  

Steve Quann, World Education

11.  Health Literacy Discussion:  ESL as a Mechanism for Advancing Health Literacy

Taken from LINCS Health Literacy

The LINCS Community is pleased to announce a new special discussion. Starting next Monday, the Health Literacy group will host ESL as a Mechanism for Advancing Health Literacy, moderated by guest speaker Maricel Santos, Ed.D.

Over the past four years, Maricel Santos led a group of teachers in a research study that examined health literacy as a social practice rather than a set of functional skills, and assessed how this worked in the context of adult ESL classes. The results confirmed that teaching health literacy in this setting can effectively increase students’ functional health literacy skills and their ability to apply the knowledge to improve health behaviors.

Several teachers who participated in the study will be sharing and discussing their firsthand experiences teaching health literacy to ESOL students. Information and resources to help you promote literacy as a social practice will also be highlighted.

With the goal of exploring the effectiveness of teaching health literacy in adult education settings, this event will be particularly relevant to ABE, ESOL, ELL, and health literacy educators, program staff, researchers, and other interested stakeholders in the Adult English Language Learner and Health Literacy groups.

Please join us from November 17-21 in the Health Literacy group to participate in this special discussion. To prepare, please read the research study: ESL Participation as a Mechanism for Advancing Health Literacy in Immigrant Communities. Bring your questions about teaching this content and working with this population for our guest speakers.

12. Science Webinar:  November 18 at 3:00 PM EST

Taken from LINCS Science

Montana ABLE educators have been invited to a free webinar on science videos:  Tuesday November 18th at 3:00 PM EST.  The webinar is being presented by David Rosen for the New Jersey Association of Lifelong Learning. However, they welcome adult education practitioners from other states to join the webinars.

November 18        3:00 - 4:00 PM EST

Teaching Science Using Free Online Videos

Presenter: David J. Rosen, Newsome Associates

A national group of adult education science teachers has recently created a comprehensive list of free online science instruction videos suitable for adult learners, and has reviewed some of the videos. We will look at these resources, evaluate science videos, and discuss using science videos in traditional and flipped classrooms.

David J. Rosen was the Director of the Adult Literacy Resource Institute at the University of Massachusetts in Boston from 1986 to 2003. Now, as an education consultant, he provides assistance to: universities, community colleges, charitable foundations, research organizations, state education agencies, state professional    development organizations, not-for-profit community-based organizations, and international non-governmental organizations.

Click Here to register.

Science Video List on MTLINCS

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.  Share your thoughts!

13. Technology:  Education Weekly Spotlight on Using Technology for Classroom Collaboration

Taken from LINCS Technology and Learning

Education Week has put out a Spotlight issue on Using Technology for Classroom Collaboration  

The Education Week Spotlight on Using Technology for Classroom Collaboration is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

·        Deepening digital learning in partnership with public libraries

·        Giving students a choice with "1-to-many" device selection

·        Developing after-school technology and STEM programs

·        Fighting teacher isolation with technology resources

You get the six articles below in a downloadable PDF.

Public Libraries Add Multimedia Learning to Digital Mission

Public libraries are moving deeper into digital learning, often in partnership with schools and other institutions, to help prepare students for the skills they'll need for college and careers.

September 4, 2013 - Education Week

'1:X Computing' Aims to Tailor Digital Tools to Learning Tasks

The idea of a coordinated strategy to give students a choice of devices depending on the task at hand is a potentially powerful new development, experts say.

September 30, 2013 - Education Week

STEM Academy's Reach Spans Illinois

The state's STEM school is expanding its influence beyond campus with outreach initiatives, including after-school, summer, and professional-development programs.

February 18, 2014 - Education Week

Award-Winning Educator Taps Technology to Layer Instruction

English teacher Diana Neebe helped create her school's 1-to-1 iPad curriculum. Along the way, she reconceptualized English class.

June 18, 2014 - Teacher

Fighting Teacher Isolation With Technology

Jennie Magiera, a digital learning expert, offers tips on using free platforms and tools that she says can help teachers jumpstart their own professional learning.

May 29, 2013 - Teacher


Interest in Bilingual-Instruction Programs Growing, Despite Scrutiny

Classrooms and learning opportunities within those classrooms are becoming more and more collaborative. Student collaboration typically happens student-to-student, student-to-teacher, and student-to-community.

June 13, 2014 - Finding Common Ground

Nell Eckersley

14. Technology:  Improving Tech Ed Purchasing

Taken from LINCS Technology and Learning

Digital Promise has put out a report on improving Ed Tech purchasing.  I've included part of the article below, to see the whole article go to this link  How do you manage ed tech purchasing?  Who decides what equipment to buy?  Who sets it up?  Who trains teachers to use it? How do students access it?

Nell Eckersley

Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing

By Phil Martin

For the promise of learning technology to truly become reality for students and teachers, classrooms have to be equipped with the tools that fit their needs.

There are a lot of factors to finding the right match. One of the most important, we’ve found, is also one of the most overlooked – procurement. If it’s not your day job, it probably sounds pretty boring. It makes you think of bureaucracy and rules and everything that gets in the way of innovation.

But procurement matters. It’s the process for discovering, evaluating, and acquiring classroom tools and resources, and it’s key to how schools create teaching and learning environments, how developers decide on features and product improvements, and ultimately how innovations with impact are able to spread.

Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing” is a new report from Digital Promise and the Education Industry Association that identifies the key obstacles and potential solutions for the procurement of K-12 personalized learning tools. The Johns Hopkins University Center for Research and Reform in Education surveyed district leaders, educators, and learning technology developers from across the country for this study, with a subset participating in in-depth interviews.

 15. Technology:  Tweets

Taken from LINCS


Webinar: What now? Shifts in Policy, Shifts in Practice #WIOA @WorldEd @NCTN_WorldEd @BusTechLAGCC @CLASP_DC

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Norene Peterson
Adult Education Center
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Billings, MT 59101