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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.

This is the link for the order form for the new practice tests:

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.

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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 Instruction Ideas

Check out all the postings for ideas about instruction.

3.   Montana Moving Pathways Forward Resources

Click here for MT_ABE_Regional_Mtgs_ Labor_Market_Information_Nov_2014.

                    Click here for Montana Job Projections 2012-2022.

Click here for Montana Job Projections Spreadsheet.

Click here to access all MPF Resources.

4.   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)

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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

5. Digital Literacy:  Reboot Your Digital Literacy Webinar

Taken from LINCS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U.S. Department of Education are working together to encourage effective collaborations between libraries and adult education programs. The goal of this joint effort is to enhance the skills, employability, and quality of life of youth and adults with low skills.

On December 18, 2014 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (ET), IMLS and OCTAE will host the webinar “Reboot Your Digital Strategy.” This webinar supports state and local level efforts to cross-train staff on digital literacy and builds awareness about national and regional Internet access expansion efforts. Reserve your seat to learn how to take advantage of national developments in digital literacy—register now at

The webinar will feature a welcome by Susan H. Hildreth, Director of IMLS, and a panel of representatives from IMLS, OCTAE, and Everyone On. To learn more about how OCTAE and IMLS are working together to advance digital literacy, visit the OCTAE blog.

We encourage you to forward this announcement to your local library or adult education program colleagues and deepen your partnership this month!

The LINCS Community Team

6. Employability Skills Webinar and Discussion

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways

Click here to access the discussion.  Stay tuned for information about the archived webinar:  Implementing the Employability Skills Framework in the Adult Basic Education Classroom.

More snippets from this week.

                              Snippet #1

Webinar Follow-up Discussion

Thanks to everyone who attended last week's employability skills webinar. I'll be posting questions that came up during the webinar and responses. Please continue to share resources and ask questions!

Here are some questions about the CCR standards, EFL revisions, and use of the Employability Skills Framework:

QUESTION: What is the correlation between the CCR standards and ESL levels?

RESPONSE: OCTAE is currently determining the optimal strategy for updating the NRS EFL’s to reflect the education and employment needs of English language learners under WIOA. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

QUESTION: Will portfolios and/or checklists be used to measure EFL standards?

RESPONSE: It will be up to assessment developers to craft assessments that align with the CCR standards and the EFL descriptors.  This, however, does not preclude classroom teachers from using portfolios and checklists to assess student performance.  For more information on considerations related to selecting an employability skills assessment, see Choosing an Assessment on the Employability Skills Framework website.

QUESTION: Are there resources for adapting the Employability Skills Framework for an Adult Ed program serving students with intellectual disabilities?

RESPONSE: The Employability Skills Framework highlights important skills that can be taught throughout the education and workforce systems. The website does not provide information for specific populations but the content on the site can be adapted for learners of all ages and in all programs. For information on how to use the site for educators, see Resources for Educators.

Snippet #2:  Skills Gap

QUESTION: Can you clarify the term "skills gap"? At a training yesterday, I heard that the skills gap was about the lack of trained workers in the technologies of machine tool, welding, etc. In today's presentation, it seemed that the skills gap was defined more as the lack of soft skills, problem solving skills, and lack of communication skills.

RESPONSE: Both employability – or soft – skills and technical skills are important for ensuring a well-prepared workforce. Employers frequently cite employability skills as among the most important for success in the labor market. For background information on the importance of employability skills, check out the Resources section on the Employability Skills Framework website.

From Meredith Liben: I think the term is frequently used both to refer to the shortage of skilled labor and to the general lack of a variety of soft skills needed across industries and workplaces. Certainly there is a lack of trained and skilled workers in many technical areas such as machining and welding. But for way longer than the CCRs even being thought of, employers have been complaining and worried about employees’ lack of soft skills and how much they debilitate workers and impact the bottom line. For example, the following skill deficits are common to all industries: the inability to write up work that was completed accurately, account for time, listen to a customer’s needs and translate them into a work order, deal with a disgruntled customer professionally, and keep up with advances in the field. This is where the CCR Standards and the Employability Skills Framework intersect to address a “skills gap” that is general, and doesn’t relate to a labor shortage in any one field.

7. Reading:  Book Study on Reading for Understanding - How Reading Apprenticeship Improves Disciplinary Learning in Secondary and College Classrooms

Taken from LINCS Assessment

Reading for Understanding: How Reading Apprenticeship Improves Disciplinary Learning in Secondary and College Classrooms

Meryl Becker-Prezocki, SME, will be leading a book study and discussion that will begin the first week of January.  You can order the book on Amazon:

Meryl states:  By starting after the holidays, you would have the month of December to read the book.  Judging from our discussion it looks like we have a lot of interest in the community.  Reading for Understanding has eight chapters plus the Epilogue.   I think that we can discuss two chapters at a time and extend our conversation over the period of a month. 

·         The book study will begin the week of January 5

·         It will last for 4 weeks

·         Each week two chapters will be covered in the discussion

·         Questions/topics will be posted each weekend to start the conversation

·         All comments and questions will be welcomed

If you are interested, you can continue to post your desire to participate.  Further announcements regarding the Book Study will be posted later this month.

Meryl Becker-Prezocki, SME

8. Science:  Computer Science - Coding

Taken from LINCS Science

I succumbed to the Angry Birds Coding activity on this page:  It's designed for ages 3 years-103 years and is so much fun.

The page has several coding options including one that doesn't require a computer at all but uses pencil, paper, and paper cups.  Students pair off.  One student draws a picture of how she/he wants a set of paper cups to be stacked.  Then, the student writes a coded message using arrows that describes how to stack the paper cups.  The partner stacks the paper cups using the code and both compare the results to the drawing.  Very cool.  And, a fun way to work on abstract thinking.

Cynthia Zafft, World Education, Inc.

9. Technology:  Digital Citizenship Resources

Taken from LINCS Correctional Education

As per our exchange above I received a great event alert from in my email this morning.  According to their website's Digital Citizenship project provides ideas and discussions about how to help kids be safe, responsible, and respectful participants in a digital world by helping address issues such as:

·        cyberbullying

·        privacy

·        digital footprints

·        copyright and plagiarism

·        information literacy

·        Internet safety

The ideas and events developed by this community could, and should, be modified for the adult and corrections environments, but until that happens (and I think our LINCS online community is definitely the one that should be helping to modify/develop content and promote the importance of having these conversations with reentering incarcerated students) the resources at are pretty fantastic.  Please consider taking a look and registering for the Character Education in a Digital World webinar.

-- Heather Erwin, Correctional Education SME

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