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Montana Information

1. HiSET Blast

HiSET® Program eUpdate | April 2015

Test Center Reimbursement

In an effort to be more eco-friendly and expedite payments, ETS is transitioning from paper checks to electronic payments. If your center or organization is currently reimbursed fees via check on a monthly basis, please either complete the Automated Clearing House paperwork that was enclosed with your monthly payment or contact Michele Gregov at


Used Answer Sheet Returns

Please be sure to return all used answer sheets, Supervisor's Irregularity Reports and Center Report Forms to:

Inbound Processing Center
200 Ludlow Drive
Ewing, NJ 08638

Return envelopes and testing materials should not be sent to Pam Cato via the 2014 Test Book Return Options in the UPS account.

Sending answer sheets and testing materials to the incorrect location can delay scoring and risks test security. 

For more information about the HiSET program, contact us.

Phone toll-free:



Montana HSE Update: May 2015­­­

Response by ETS to Montana Math Instructor Observations:

Montana math instructors submitted questions to ETS about the new math HiSET test.

Click here to read ETS response.

Calculator Policy Rescinded:

ETS was asked to write a policy on the calculator by several states. As we have always stated, HiSET is calculator neutral and it makes no difference for the assessment if a scientific calculator is used or a four function calculator.  We can absolutely change the policy to scientific if that is desired. I believe it would be easier to use a scientific calculator in multi-vendor states since the other vendors use scientific.  

ETS does not allow test takers to bring their own calculator to testing.  This cannot be changed.  A four function calculator was written into the policy under the assumption it was preferred by the states and since that is what students have access to in the CBT version.  We also didn't want testing centers to have increased expense for purchasing scientific calculators.

Amy Riker, ETS HiSET National Executive Director

Estimate how well prepared you are for the HiSET exam:

HiSET Preparation Materials 2015

Montana HiSET Resources

Check out the shared resources on the HiSET Resource page at

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. Spring 2015 Meeting Resources:  Directors' Meeting, ESL, and TABE:  April/May 2015

Click here to access multiple resources from Montana spring meetings: Directors’ Meeting, ESL, and TABE Training

ABE in Montana and WIOA

·        ABE in 2015-2016

·        MT WIOA Self-Assessment Side by Side Comparison

·        NVC Readiness Checklist Planning Tool

·        NVC:  What Will WIOA Mean (pdf)

·        NVC:  What Will WIOA Mean (powerpoint)


·        BEST+ Update

·        BEST Literacy (Letter from Margaret Bowles)

·        BEST Literacy Test Usage Policy

·      Integrated Education and Training:  An Overview of Pertinent WIOA Statutes and Federal Regulations

·      Minutes from ESL Conference

·      Professional Development Presentation by Joanna Stratman - Bozeman

Moving Pathways Forward Resources

·        Making Skill's Everyone's Business

·        Montana ABE Recruitment Materials Plan

·        Montana ABE Recruitment Materials Review Form:  Part 1

·        Montana ABE Recruitment Materials Review Form:  Part 2

OCTAE Resources

·        Corrections Education

·        English Language Acquisition

·        Essential Components of Reading

·        Integrating Technology

Other Resources

·        EdReady Montana Goal Assessment Setup Worksheet (Missoula)

·        Employment Essentials Syllabus (Missoula)

TABE Training (Coming Soon)

3. Montana and National News Information

Click here  to access a site that will take you to the most current information without your having to search.  More resources posted on 5/9/15.

4. Montana Instruction Ideas

Check out #9, #10, #11, #12, and #13.

5. Montana Moving Pathways Forward Resources

Click here to access all MPF Resources.

6. WIOA Update

5/9/15:  New Posting on WIOA Update Page

Integrated Education and Training:  An Overview of Pertinent WIOA Statutes and Federal Regulations

4/13/15:  WIOA Update:  Comment Period 

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act— Five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking Available for Public Inspection:  Sixty Day Comment Period Begins April 16

Below are the Title I, Title II proposed regulations for WIOA along with the listing of the tables of contents for the two documents that highlight the key sections related to our adult education programs. This material was sent to State Directors of Adult Education last Friday. After April 16, 2016 The US Department of Education will be accepting comments on these rules.

Once the state directors have fully examined the proposed rules i will be issuing materials that will highlight the critical issues for our programs. I hope to have input from other states by our April meeting.


 ·        2015-05528 Title I proposed regs

·        NCSDAE WIOA Title I table of contents

·        2015-05540 Title II proposed regs

·        NCSDAE WIOA Title II table of contents

See more information below.

On Thursday, April 2, 2015, the Department of Education released a program memorandum announcing five notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs) related to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). We encourage you to share this information with interested stakeholders, and to become familiar now with the content of the NPRMs in advance of the comment period. 

The notices are:

·        A NPRM between ED and the Department of Labor (DOL) to implement jointly-administered activities under Title I of WIOA regarding unified and combined state plans, performance accountability, and the one-stop system.  This NPRM applies to all core programs, including state vocational rehabilitation services and adult education programs.

·        A DOL-only NPRM to implement changes made to the adult, dislocated worker, and youth programs authorized under Title I of WIOA.

·        An ED-only NPRM that will implement changes to programs authorized under Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), which are contained in Title II of WIOA.

·        Two ED-only NPRMs that will implement changes made to the programs authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which are contained in Title IV of WIOA, as well as new provisions.

The AEFLA Title II NPRM is available online at  The other four NRPMs are posted on the Federal Register Public Inspection website at  

They will all be available for comment during a 60-day period beginning on April 16, 2015. 

Please visit for links to the NPRMs and additional resources and information. 

WIOA Montana Updates:

Click here  to access the following:

Montana WIOA:  Chunking Pertinent Information for Montana.

National Information

7. Career Pathways:  New Pathways to Careers and College

Taken from LINCS Notice

Recently, MDRC, a nonpartisan education and social policy research organization, published the paper, New Pathways to Careers and College: Examples, Evidence, and ProspectsThe paper highlights several different career pathway models and analyzes the organizational principles of these programs. The paper also includes a set of recommendations for future investment to help develop pathways programs to scale.

Below is an excerpt from the paper:

High standards, accountability systems, and data-driven decision-making. As pathway models are replicated, it is important to ensure that new sites provide all the key elements, so that a program that calls itself a career academy or Linked Learning pathway is really offering the experience intended by the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC), National Academy Foundation (NAF), and Linked Learning. These organizations have to a great extent aligned their standards to guide implementation and ensure quality. The NAF standards also include measures of students’ performance in NAF courses and internships. The existence of these standards demonstrates that it is possible to define and monitor quality.  However, the fact that the number of certified pathway programs nationwide still is under a thousand demonstrates how far there is to go to achieve large-scale implementation.

So far, pathway certification has been entirely voluntary, with no governmental rewards or sanctions attached. As states continue to modify their accountability procedures to take into consideration high school graduates’ readiness for college and careers, students’ successful completion of a certified career and college pathway can be used as an accountability measure.

8. COABE Resources

Taken from LINCS Program Management

Didn't make it to COABE?  Check out the resource below! 

Program Management Colleagues,

COABE has a new adult ed teacher resources collection. It is just getting started but there are already several sets of COABE 2015 presentation slides. You can browse them all at    You could browse by category or browse all the resources. (You'll see duplicates of some resources if you browse all, presumably because they are tagged for more than one category.)

David J. Rosen, Program Management CoP Moderator

9. Instruction:  5 Keys to Comprehensive Assessment: #2 Formative Assessment

Taken from LINCS Notice

Each week, we are focusing on one of the five keys to comprehensive assessment presented by Stanford University Professor Linda Darling-Hammond. The jumping off place for the discussion is a short video featuring Stanford University Professor Linda Darling-Hammond. The first key is meaningful goals and measures. We know students learn more effectively when learning goals are clear. The second key is formative assessment. Regarding formative assessment, Darling-Hammond says, "Assessment should be done early and often and throughout the process." 

When implementing formative assessment, teachers are paying attention to individual students all along the way to determine how well students are understanding the concepts being taught and/or how well they can demonstrate the skills they are learning. This involves, as the teacher in the video puts it, "small check-ins" to see what students know and don't yet know. The information we gather as we assess guides our next steps in teaching, i.e., who needs extra support, does the concept need to be explained differently, are we ready to move on, etc.

Darling-Hammond notes that the research is clear that providing feedback to students and then allowing them to immediately apply that feedback, for instance, in rewriting a paper or redoing a math problem leads to learning gains.

Susan Finnmiller

10. Instruction:  Open Educational Resources for the Classroom Webinar

Taken from LINCS Notice

Event Title: Open Educational Resources: Working Together to Evaluate and Promote High Quality Resources in the Classroom

Event Type: Online Discussion in the LINCS Community and Webinar

Online Discussion: May 18-22, 2015

Webinar: May 28, 2015 (1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET) / Register for the webinar


Do you use product reviews and customer feedback for items you’re interested in or need to purchase?  Do they help you make a decision?  What if you could do the same thing with teaching and learning materials for adults; how effective would it be?

LINCS is excited to announce an upcoming event:Open Educational Resources: Working Together to Evaluate and Promote High Quality Resources in the Classroom

On May 28, 2015, special guests Dahlia Shaewitz, Dr. Tara Myers, and Amanda Duffy from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will host an informative webinar to discuss the value of evaluating open educational resources (OER) in support of work in adult education. The US Department of Education defines OER as: “… teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits sharing, accessing, repurposing—including for commercial purposes—and collaborating with others” (See NETP, 2010, p 56). The webinar will highlight OER Commons, a searchable online database of OER, and how to tag OER for adult education, add comments, and join the OER Commons public group of adult educators.

A week prior to this webinar, from May 18-22, 2015, the AIR team invites you to share your thoughts and experiences in the Science, Math, and Evidence-based Professional Development groups. Subject matter experts will engage in week-long Q&A on the evaluation of OER, the effectiveness of quality OER for adult learners, and usefulness of the OER Commons website.

Please save the date for this expert-led event. You can learn more about OCTAE’s Open Educational Resources to Enhance STEM Teaching and Learning in Adult Education (OER STEM) project at the project page on LINCS:

The LINCS Community Team

11. Math Resource:  Math Vocabulary Cards App

Taken from LINCS Assessment

… Math Vocabulary Card APP. Each card has 3 boxes - the word, a picture in context for the word, and a "mathy" definition. The left-most icon at the bottom of the Web-APP allows the teacher to choose the cards. That is the positive. The definitions on each card are way beyond low-level math learners. The common prepositions (beside, outside, next to, etc.) and comparisons (small/smaller/smallest) would be good for ELL students. In some settings these can be helpful.

The page link is:

There is also an on-line geoboard APP, pattern shapes, and a number line. When you get into the APP, there does not appear to be an age-linked picture. All these APPs are FREE.

Dorothea Steinke

12. Reading Resources:  Free Resources of Easy Reading for Adult Learners, Teachers, and Tutors

Taken from LINCS Notice

For many years I have published The Literacy List,, a guide to free and inexpensive adult basic skills (including ESOL/ESL, basic literacy, ABE, ASE, and Transition) resources for teachers and adult learners. I have just updated the Easy Reading for Adult Learners section. You will find it at

David J. Rosen

13. Reading Webinar:  May 29 at 2 EST

Taken from LINCS Notice

Center for the Study of Adult Literacy

Free Webinar Event: Friday, May 29, 2015, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST

In September of 2012, the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) awarded funding for a five-year research center for adult literacy. This center is dedicated to studying adults who read between the third and eighth grade levels.  We invite you to join us as we share an update on our activities.

During this webinar we will discuss our exploration of underlying cognitive and motivational processes that contribute to or impede reading development, and our development of a multi-component instructional program to help learners improve their reading and comprehension skills.

This national webinar will be held on Friday, May 29th from 2:00-3:00 Eastern Time.

Please register at:

Registration is limited! (If clicking on the above link does not work, copy/paste the URL into your browser)


Principal Investigator:

Daphne Greenberg, Ph.D., Professor, Georgia State University, Department of Educational Psychology, Communication Disorders, and Special Education

Co-Principal Investigators:

Maureen W. Lovett, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics, University of Toronto, and Senior Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children Art Graesser, Ph.D., Professor, The University of Memphis, Department of Psychology and the  Institute for Intelligent Systems

Questions? Please contact Edison Wolf at:

14. Technology and Illiteracy

Taken from LINCS Disabilities in Adult Education

Recently, the International Literacy Association held its inaugural Leaders for Literacy Day.  The event was held at the United Nations Plaza in New York, and involved panelists ranging from corporate partners to academics working to advance literacy rates worldwide.

One of the panelists, Steven Duggan, is director of worldwide education strategy for Microsoft Corporation.  Duggan commented that Microsoft has "recently turned its attention to the importance of literacy and creating tools for the most basic of needs."

"We’re only focused on literacy because we started to listen.”  Microsoft questioned teachers about the challenges the face in the classroom. The response was literacy, and when Microsoft researched the issue, they realized why it is such a consuming issue for educators.  

They found few books were printed in minority languages, while other children simply had no books in any language. Microsoft acted by launching Lit4Life and the Chekhov Story Author App. Teachers can use these tools to write, and publish their books to a cloud-based network. A book recording option was added once Microsoft learned that 31% of illiterate children come from an illiterate home.

These resources are a benefit to all learners, both with and without disabilities, by relying on principles of universal design to help make literacy more accessible.

15. WIOA Webinar:  WIOA “Act Now” Webinar May 13

Taken from LINCS Notice

Join a DOL-sponsored Webinar May 13 on WIOA Transition Authority for Immediate Implementation of Governance Provisions (WIOA TEGL 27-14). 

Register Now at

This session will walk state and local workforce system leaders and practitioners through the recently published USDOL/ETA Training and Employment Guidance Letter 27-14: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Transition Authority for Immediate Implementation of Governance Provisions. Please join USDOL/ETA subject matter experts who will explain this workforce system governance TEGL and take relevant questions. Read the TEGL at

Amanda Ahlstrand, Administrator, Office of Workforce Investment, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
Heather Fleck, Supervisory Analyst, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
Sean Fox, Workforce Analyst, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration 

Joe M Barela, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Date: May 13, 2015

Time: 11:30am ET (10:30am/Central, 9:30am/Mountain, 8:30am/Pacific)

Length: 90 minutes

Registration for this webinar is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register today!

Instructions for registering 

1.      Click here <>.

2.      Click the "Login Now" button and type in your email and password.  Then click the “Reserve Seat Now” button.  If you haven't updated your password within the past 90 days, you will be prompted to do so.  If you do not have a Workforce3One account yet, you must create and activate an account before you can register for the webinar.  Click here<> to create your free account. Once you’ve created and subsequently activated your Workforce3One account, please refer back to this email so that you may register for the free webinar.

3.      Once you have registered for the webinar event, you will receive an email with detailed instructions for accessing the webinar.  We ask that you listen to the audio portion of the live webinar via Internet Telephony (through your computer speakers). You will also be supplied with a teleconference number and access code if you must join using a telephone. If possible, we encourage you to use Internet Telephony, as we are limited in the number of teleconference lines and the more people that use Internet Telephony, the more capacity we have for those that must join using a telephone.  If anything changes and you no longer wish to attend, please go to your and remove your registration.

PLEASE NOTE: If multiple participants from the same location are joining the live event, we encourage you to join at one location. This will allow for a larger number of participants to attend.

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Norene Peterson

Adult Education Center

415 N. 30th Billings, MT 59101