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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.

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Montana HSE Update: April 2015­­­

Calculator Policy Rescinded: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

Note:  HiSET Webinars

Webinars on content tests are not active.  ETS is updating the webinars. 

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. Montana Directors' Meeting Resources:  April 2015

Click here to access multiple resources from April Directors’ Meeting.

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

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)

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 5/2/15.

4. Montana Instruction Ideas

Check out #8, #9, and #10.

5. Montana Moving Pathways Forward Resources

Click here to access all MPF Resources.

6. WIOA Update

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:  Upskill Initiative

Taken from LINCS Program Management


If you have been following the progress of President Obama's Upskill Initiative, you know that last Friday was a big day, the White House Upskill Summit. 150 employers, labor leaders, foundations, non-profits, educators, tech innovators, and corporations, 100 of whom were business leaders, were invited to the White House based on their having made commitments to upskilling America's workforce.  You can read the fact sheet about this at, the April 2015 White House Report at, and the list of what the companies and labor unions have committed to at

Although most of these commitments are to apprenticeship and higher education programs, a few address the basic skills and English language needs of low-wage workers, and many provide interesting career pathways opportunities. Below are a few examples that caught my attention.

Program managers who are interested in workplace basic skills and linking workforce preparation basic skills with opportunities for further training, apprenticeship, and tuition-paid college programs might want to look through the whole list to see what companies have committed resources to their low-wage employees.

As always, your thoughts about this initiative would be welcome here.

David J. Rosen

Program Management CoP Moderator

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: #1 Learning Goals

Taken from LINCS Assessment

Highly respected Stanford University researcher and writer Linda Darling-Hammond describes and thoughtfully comments on 5 keys to comprehensive assessment in this video. The five keys include: 1) meaningful goals and measures, 2) formative assessment, 3) summative assessment, 4) performance-based assessment, and 5) student ownership.

Darling-Hammond suggests that our assessments need to evolve to reflect tasks people are required to do in the real world. While there is a place for multiple choice tests, this should not be the main way we assess student learning.

I thought we might take up each of the keys in a separate discussion since they are all essential. Focusing on the first key "meaningful goals and measures," one teacher in the video says that she plans instruction focused on the big ideas she wants students to know and the specific skills she wants them to develop. This teacher then uses a backwards design to plan lessons to meet those goals. She strives to have a clear learning outcome for every class so students understand the goals.

In my class, we are working on reading comprehension. One goal we have is to improve students' fluency. We have been doing some timed reading, and students are tracking the accuracy of their responses to comprehension questions. Graphing their results helps students see where they are and where they want to go. In other words, the goal is both clear and measurable.

How do you communicate the learning objectives for a lesson to the learners you work with? Are the goals measurable in some way?

Susan Finnmiller

10. Reading:  Resources

Taken from LINCS Reading and Writing

For many years I have been collecting and adding resources to The Literacy List. Within it, is a section called Easy Reading for Adult Learners. (Within that, is a link to an Adult Literacy Education (ALE) Wiki page called Learner Perspectives: Student Writing with many links to adult learners' writings -- good readings for other adult learners.) There are many websites on the Easy Reading for Adult Learners web page that have easy reading collections for adult learners, including Easy English Times, GCF LearnFree, Marshall Adult Education and many others.

Of course, if you are aware of good websites with suitable readings for adult basic skills learners that you think should be included in this section of the Literacy List, please let me know.

David J. Rosen

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Norene Peterson

Adult Education Center

415 N. 30th Billings, MT 59101