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Montana Information

1.    HiSET Blast


HiSET® Program eUpdate | November 2014

HiSET® Official Practice Tests

The 2015 HiSET® Official Practice Tests are available for ordering. These tests are available only to educators, state directors and test center administrators. They are to be used only as prep materials and not in place of a HiSET subtest.

The practice subtests are half the length of a full subtest. Each subtest contains a half-length version of the full test, a score conversion table and a blank answer sheet. You can find the order form in our Download Library. The cost is $10 per subtest or $50 for the complete battery.

Test Center Reminders

For PBT Centers:

2014 Test Book Returns

The 2014 HiSET test materials (test books and answer sheets) must be returned to ETS at the conclusion of the 2014 testing year. You should have received the HiSET Test Book Return Instructions, outlining the process you need to follow. We also provided the HiSET Test Materials Return Notice that needs to be completed, signed and returned along with the test materials. It is very important for the security of the exams that these processes be followed. The Test Materials Return Notice has recently been updated to reflect all the forms. Please contact Test Administration Services group for the new form. If you've already completed the old form, you can list any missed forms or provide additional information on the back of the sheet.

If you have any questions, please contact your Test Administration Services group — they are here to help in any way you need.

2015 Test Materials

The 2015 HiSET test materials are ready! We'd like to remind everyone that the three HiSET answer sheets are available in 100-sheet packs and are not included in the battery bundles. Please keep this in mind while ordering.

HiSET Success

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 have 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

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 from New Hampshire

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, and 13  below for ideas about instruction.

4.   Montana Moving Pathways Forward Resources

Click here for Adult Education Coordination and Planning (AECAP) Report.

Click here for Coaches’ Update and Assignment.

Click here for MPF Conference Call Summary.

Click here to access all 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 ShopTalk

Click here to access ShopTalk Summary and topics. 

·       MABLE Monthly Reports

·       WIOA National Directors Meeting Overview

·       BEST+ Sunsetting

·       Reading Institute

7.   WIOA Update:  WIOA Timeline

WIOA Montana Updates:

11/25:  WIOA Timeline and Action Plan for States

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.  Adult Literacy Education Blogs

Taken from LINCS Discussion

Click here to access a variety of Adult Education blogs which have recently been updated.

9.  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

10.  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.

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11. 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  - Click here to join.

12. Reading:  Teaching Vocabulary Strategy

Taken from LINCS Assessment

I have posted previously about how I approach teaching academic vocabulary. I have drawn ideas from the work of several theorists and researchers including Isabel Beck and her colleagues and Susanna Dutro and Kate Kinsella. First of all, I explain the new word using student-friendly language rather than a dictionary definition. Let's look at's definition of the word convenient: "suitable or agreeable to the needs or purpose; well-suited with respect to facility or ease in use; favorable, easy, or comfortable for use." I'm sure you would agree with me that this dictionary definition is not very student-friendly. Instead I would say, "Convenient is something that is useful, easy or quick to do."

I want to choose similarly easy-to-understand explanations for academic words. For the academic word section, I explain that a section is a part or piece of something. Next, I give the students several examples of how the word is typically used. For example, an orange can be divided into sections or parts. Each piece of the orange is one section. A theater and a stadium are divided into sections. Books and magazines have sections. A newspaper has several sections, including a section for local news and a section for sports.

After that, I give the students conversation and writing practice by posing several questions that have relevance in their lives such as the following:

1. Which section of the newspaper do you like to read?

2. In which section of the supermarket would you find apples?

3. Which section of an orchestra do you most enjoy listening to?

4. Is it hard for you to believe that planes used to have a smoking section? Why or why not?

I also give the students sentence frames to scaffold and help them get started with using the new vocabulary to respond to the questions.

Later, after we've studied 8-10 words, I give the students a quiz in which they respond to similar questions in writing …

Susan Finnmiller, Moderator, Assessment CoP

13. Science Resource:  Independent/Dependent Variables

Taken from LINCS Science

Have you ever found a science resource, activity, or idea that just really helped science make sense?  One that I ran across a while ago is a short PowerPoint that helps describe the difference between independent and dependent variables.  It is from the Shaler Area School District website in Pennsylvania.  It is a 6th grade resource that is definitely adaptable for adult education.  What do you think?

"Independent and Dependent Variables Explained"

Cynthia Zafft

14. Science Video Review Group

Taken from LINCS Science

We now have more than 70 people who have requested the science video list, and some of those have forwarded the information on to others. This means that this list -- and the reviews of videos -- are being widely requested by adult ed science teachers. Are they previewing and using the videos? Yes, some have already begun previewing them, and a few may have already used them with their students. I am hoping in the next few weeks that we hear from them and that they post to this CoP. We'll see.

Meanwhile, I am wondering if this project has whetted any appetites to join the science videos review group this year. It isn't a lot of work, but it also isn't paid work. Some of the benefits are making a contribution to our field, getting your name included as a contributor or reviewer in a useful publication, and also directly benefiting from being part of a community of science teachers who care about using videos. If you teach science to adults and are interested in reviewing videos, drop me an email at and I'll send you an invitation to join.

David J. Rosen

15. Technology:  Tweets

Taken from LINCS


Explore important ?s on #STEM education and #careers using @NSF_NSB’s new interactive site >>  #adulted


Did you know @everyone_on provides access to free & low-cost Internet, devices & more? 


Calling all #adulted #teachers! How are you encouraging your students to ask their own questions?


#WIOA highlights libraries as impt providers of federally supported #adulted & literacy training/employment. Read →


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

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