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MTLINCS:  Thankful for Montana ABLE educators

May you all have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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:  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 HiSET Materials

Click here  to access a list of recently shared HiSET classroom materials from New Hampshire.

Don’t forget!  If you have something to share, please send it to MTLINCS.

3.   Montana Instruction Ideas

Check out the Postings 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 13 and 14 below for ideas about instruction. 

4.   Montana Moving Pathways Forward Resources

Click here to access MPF Resources.

5.   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!

6.   Montana TANF Draft Review

Click here  to access the draft TANF State Plan.  The letter provides a direct link to the draft TANF State Plan for review. It also includes instructions on how to submit a comment and time frames for submittal.

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

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·         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 Now Archived - Part #2– Partnerships that Deliver Results:  The Workforce System and Registered Apprenticeship

Taken from LINCS Notice

The recording of the webinar can be accessed through this link:

In addition, two documents available at this site include the PowerPoint slide deck used in the webinar and a companion NCS report, Realizing Innovation and Opportunity in WIOA: A Playbook for Creating Effective State Plans.

Gail Cope, SME, LINCS Program Management Group

 10. Employability Skills Webinar:  December 3 at 3 EST – Discussion follows

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways

Please join us for a conversation and webinar about the Employability Skills Framework with special guests Dr. Kaye Forgione, Meredith Liben, Frank Scuiletti, and Dr. Robert Witchger:

Implementing the Employability Skills Framework in the Adult Basic Education Classroom: Webinar and Discussion.

·        When: December 1-5

·        Guest Experts: Dr. Kaye Forgione, Meredith Liben, Frank Scuiletti, and Dr. Robert Witchger

·        Where: on the LINCS College and Career Standards Community of Practice

·        To prepare: Visit the Employability Skills Framework website

·        Description: Employability skills are general skills that are necessary for success in the labor market at all employment levels and in all sectors. These skills have a number of names— soft skills, workforce readiness skills, career readiness skills— but they all speak to the same set of core skills that employers want. The Employability Skills Framework is a one-stop resource for information and tools to inform the instruction and assessment of employability skills.

Week of December 1 – Special Discussion:  Participate in a discussion about why employability skills matter for adult learners. Share examples of how you are teaching employability skills and leave your questions for the webinar speakers to address on December 3. The discussion will continue following the webinar.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. ET – LINCS Webinar: Implementing the Employability Skills Framework in the Adult Basic Education Classroom

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

Taken from LINCS Health Literacy

Discussion is now taking place regarding ESL Participation as a Mechanism for Advancing Health Literacy in Immigrant Communities .  You may want to read more of the discussion at  . 

This research examined survey data from teachers and learners in the context of a 4-year collaboration between ESL teachers and the California Diabetes Program. The goals were to examine health literacy as a social practice rather than a set of functional skills, and to assess 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. But the results go a step further and shed some light on how promoting literacy as a social practice can be a particularly effective method.

Some excerpts from the abstract:

The adult [ESL] system remains an untapped resource in the effort to address health literacy disparities among underserved immigrant populations…

The survey results...indicated that ESL teachers frequently model effective pedagogical practices that mediate social interaction around health content, the basis for acquiring new literacy skills and practices.

This study represents a first step in research efforts to account more fully for the mechanisms by which social interaction and social support facilitate health literacy outcomes in ESL contexts, which should complement what is already known about the development of health literacy as functional skill.

12. Higher Education and Women:  Why a Focus on Adult Women Is Critical to the Higher Education System and Our Country

Taken from LINCS Adult English Language Learners

I am copying a hopeful article written by Carol Leary, president of Bay Path University. Please post your thoughts in the comments below. Ideas on how you could use the data cited in this article to make the case for better college prep and postsecondary success for your students are appreciated. 

"... According to U.S. Census figures, 76 million adult women do not have a bachelor’s degree. It is incumbent upon us to help each one of these women reach her potential. If we do, the results will be astounding. Education has the potential to break the cycles of poverty and financial instability that have plagued families for generations. As the Lumina Foundation President Jamie Merisotis noted in an August 2014 commentary: “By providing greater postsecondary access and success for all Americans, we build stronger economies, thriving communities and a greater quality of life. It’s clear that higher education remains the best avenue to prosperity, opportunity and a stronger nation.”

The role of women has changed significantly in the past 50 years. Women now represent half of all U.S. workers, but hold a disproportionate 62% of minimum-wage jobs, according to The Shriver Report, a nonprofit initiative that raises awareness about women’s issues. One in three adult women is living in poverty or on the brink of it. The Shriver Report also notes that almost two-thirds of U.S. jobs will need some form of postsecondary education by 2020, meaning that the prospects for women with a bachelor’s degree will continue to grow. The economic reality is compelling: A woman with a college degree will, on average, make almost $1 million more than a woman with only a high school diploma. In turn, a woman with a degree becomes a homeowner, taxpayer and consumer. We simply will not be able to thrive as an educated, prosperous nation if 76 million women are left behind. We need to establish a new model of higher education that will enable these women to earn a college degree...." 

Full article:

~ Priyanka Sharma 

13. Math Resource:  National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Taken from LINCS Adult English Language Learners

Click here to access the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives.

Learning and understanding mathematics, at every level, requires student engagement. Mathematics is not, as has been said, a spectator sport. Too much of current instruction fails to actively involve students. One way to address the problem is through the use of manipulatives, physical objects that help students visualize relationships and applications. We can now use computers to create virtual learning environments to address the same goals.

14. Science Resource:  Newsletter from LINCS Region 1

Taken from LINCS Science

Click here  to access the LINCS Region 1 Professional Development Center Newsletter.  The theme of this one is science.

15. Technology:  Tweets

Taken from LINCS


It’s #AEW2014, and we’re discussing the rise of mobile device use, the digital divide in #adulted & more! Join in →


Want strategies for teaching #employabilityskills to adult learners? Join us for a webinar event on Dec. 3 >>


How the near-peer mentoring challenge motivates students to make #highered a reality  @usedgov #AEW2014


@arneduncan & @LaborSec value #wkdev ideas from business leaders. Read about #WIOA & employers & share your input!

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