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Montana Information

1.   HiSET Blast

HiSET® Program eUpdate | August 2014


We are excited to welcome California as the 12th state to join the HiSET® family. We are eager to work with all test centers throughout the state to ensure that an affordable and accessible high school equivalency test is offered to the residents of California.

Scoring for Practice Tests

Make sure to visit the HiSET® Download Library to look at the updated score scales for the practice test. You can also download the Practice Test Results: Are You Ready to Take the Exam (PDF) document which has the conversions for both the free and for-purchase practice test. Please note that all score scales in the free and for-purchase practice tests have been updated to reflect these changes.

Resources for States and Educators and Test Center Staff

Remember to visit our HiSET Download Library for States and Educators and HiSET Download Library for Test Center Staff often to find updated information and new resources that will be useful for your test centers and test takers.

Test Center Reminders

Please make sure you choose the appropriate status (Checked In/Could Not Test/No Show) for test takers by 11:59 p.m. ET each day.

A few helpful examples on appropriate status:

·         If a test taker shows up with invalid ID and is turned away from testing, they should be considered a "No Show" in the system, as they did not show up prepared.

·         If a test taker is unable to test due to a facilities issue, their status should be "Could Not Test," as the situation was out of the test taker's control and would not impact their eligibility to schedule a new appointment.

Test Administration Services1-800-257-5123

For CBT Centers:

·         Please double check to make sure you are launching a live exam to a candidate's workstation and not a demo exam.

·         Demo exams cannot be scored and will result in a test taker needing to reschedule and come back to test again.

For PBT Centers:

·         If you fill out answer sheets prior to test-takers' arrival to expedite the check-in process, please ensure the form on the test book given to the test taker matches the form that was entered on the answer sheet as well as the form that is assigned in the HiSET portal. Any discrepancies in these three can cause an inaccurate score to be processed for a test taker.

·         Also remember that answer sheets should be completely filled out in pencil.

·         All test takers, even PBT test takers, must have an appointment in the system to which their answer sheets can be linked. Please make sure that you are scheduling appointments in the portal for all test takers.

For CBT and PBT Centers:

·         Reminder that only one confidentiality form per candidate per day is needed. For PBT exams, the confidentiality agreement is located on the physical answer sheet.

·         HiSET systems will be undergoing scheduled maintenance on Sunday, September 7 and Monday, September 8. There will be no scheduling activities or appointments during this time.

HiSET® Program Success

We value the opportunity to partner with states on innovative ways to deliver a more accessible high school equivalency test to their residents. The HiSET Program is pleased to be working with Tennessee on its Career Coaches program. The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development is offering a new service, via the department's three "Career Coach" vehicles, to Tennesseans lacking a high school diploma. The mobile Career Centers have become certified testing sites for the new HiSET exam.

"Making the Career Coaches available as a testing site for the HiSET exam is a tremendous help to organizations and people in areas of the state not located near a test site," said Marva Doremus, Administrator for Adult Education at the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. "The Career Coaches are certified testing sites, and each staff member is a certified proctor and examiner." To read more about the Career Coaches program in Tennessee, click on the link below.

HiSET Success Story — Union County, Tennessee

After deciding she wanted a career and wanted to set a good example for her children, Michelle Corum from Union County, Tennessee, took and passed the HiSET exam and is now preparing for college. Read more about Michelle's Success Story (PDF).

Save the Date — ETS HiSET Conference



December 1–4, 2014


The Venetian Las Vegas
3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Montana Examiners’ Meeting

Click here to access the agenda for the 2014 Examiners’ Meeting on September 29 in Helena.

Montana HiSET Resources

Recently Bozeman shared a couple of new resources that have been posted on the HiSET Resource page.

·         Montana Adult Mathematics Content Standards Checklist

·         Science Video List

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 ABLE Fall Conference and Career Pathways Initiative 2014:  September 22 - 23

Click here to access Agenda.

Have you watched the two WIOA videos yet? 

                                             Maybe you are not a video-type of person.  The transcripts of all of the WIOA videos have been posted.

See Posting #5 below.

3.   Montana Instruction Ideas

Check out the Postings 2, 4, 9, 10, 11, and 12 below for ideas about instruction. 

4.   Montana PEP Talk Updated

Click here to access the new version of PEP Talk.

5.   WIOA Update:  Montana ABLE Programs – Stay informed!

WIOA Information:

Update 9/11 – Chunk #4:  Margaret Bowles

Good Afternoon,

I participated in the fourth and last OCTAE WIOA session with this morning. It was an introduction to the new performance and accountability system. The significant changes will be discussed at our conference, and over the course of the next several months we will continue to receive guidance and clarifications on the changes.

Below is the link to the video that we were asked to watch prior to the  Webinar.

Watch Title I-Performance and Accountability System at:  

Please call me if you have any questions.

Margaret Bowles
Adult Literacy and Basic Education Director

WIOA Montana Updates:

Click here  to access Montana WIOA:  Chunking Pertinent Information for Montana.

WIOA National Updates:

Click here  

U.S. Department of Education WIOA Reauthorization site

Transcripts of Videos

·        9/8/14 Video:  Session IV:  Title I - Performance Accountability System

o   Transcript:

·        9/2/14 Video:  Session III:  Title I - State Workforce Boards and Unified Plans

o   Transcript:

·        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)

o   Transcript:

National Information

6. Career Pathways:  National Dialogue on Career Pathways

Taken from OCTAE

On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services will host a National Dialogue on Career PathwaysFederal agency leaders from each Department will provide opening remarks on the impact of building effective career pathways can have on our nation’s workforce system.  In addition, the Dialogue will highlight strategies and lessons learned from business leaders, state and local practitioners and national policy leaders.   Among the featured speakers will be Portia Wu, Assistant Secretary for Labor’s Employment and Training Administration; Johan Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary for Education’s Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education; Mark Greenburg, Acting Assistance Secretary for Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.  They will be joined by business leaders, including David L. Casey, Vice President f or Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer at CVS Caremark and Maura Banta, Director of Global Citizenship Initiatives at IBM USA, who will provide keynote presentations during the event.

National stakeholders representing business, organized labor, education, workforce and health and human services agencies are encouraged to host events in conjunction with the broadcast.  To help organize the event, a national Viewing Party Guide is now available.  Leading career pathways states and local areas, such as Colorado, Kansas, and Charlotte, NC will be highlighted as well as innovative career pathways practices from organizations like Instituto del Progreso Latino in Chicago, IL and Wider Opportunities for Women.

The National Dialogue will be broadcast via live stream beginning at 9:00 AM EDT and end at 4:00 PM EDT.  Before and during the event, you are encouraged to post questions on Twitter using the hashtag #careerpathways. The federal team will monitor your questions on Twitter and respond to them from the Labor Department Twitter account (@USDOL) during the event.

Suggested Social Media Posts:

Pre-event post: Join @USDOL @usedgov and @HHSGov on 9-23 @ 9:00 AM ET for a live stream plenary on #careerpathways.

Pre-event post: On 9-23 @ 9:00 AM ET, @USDOL @usedgov and @HHSGov will speak live about job-driven #careerpathways. Don’t miss it!

Day-of post: Join @USDOL & colleagues today for a live stream plenary on #careerpathways.

Day-of post: Join business leaders @cvscaremarkfyi’s David Casey and @IBM’s Maura Banta today via live stream @ National Dialogue! #careerpathways

Day-of post:  America, let’s talk about #careerpathways today!  Share your thoughts with us @USDOL @usedgov and @HHSGov.  Join the Dialogue.

7. College:  White House Fact Sheet

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways

The August 13, 2014 White House FACT SHEET on Improving College Opportunity is available at contains an announcement that "the President and First Lady will host its next Summit on College Opportunity on December 4, 2014. The goal of this conference will build on the work  from the first College Opportunity Summit last January, while launching initiatives in new areas.  This year’s summit will focus on building sustainable collaborations in communities with strong K-12 and higher education partnerships to encourage college going, and supporting colleges to work together to dramatically improve persistence and increase college completion, especially for first generation, low-income, and underrepresented students."  Several new private and public sector commitments to expand college opportunity are also announced.

Donna Brian

8. Data Webinar on September 23:  Promising Practices in Program Management and Data Use

Taken from AIR Notice

“We have some great data. How can we share it with others?”

Information graphics, or infographics, are visual representations of information, data, or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. While you may typically promote or explain your program by using reports, report cards, flyers, or websites, infographics are compelling and attractive ways to tell a story about your agency, program, teachers, learners, and other facets of your work. Because of their increasing popularity and appeal, infographics may also drive more traffic to your website, invite more people to learn about your program, and increase awareness of your program and what you offer.

Infographics were the focus of the 2013 NRS targeted training, which helped states think about why and how infographics can be useful and make use of their NRS and other data. In this webinar, state and local program staff from Kansas, Kentucky, and Utah will share how they have used infographics to effectively communicate information. Join us to learn how these infographics were created, how they have been used, and what the effect has been so far. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and hear tips on some first steps to take before you design and develop infographics of your own.

When: September 23, at 2:00 p.m. EDT (*Please note the new date).

Intended Audience: State directors

State adult education staff

Local adult education program directors

Local adult education program staff

Purpose: The aim of this webinar is for state and local program staff to understand some of the ways infographics can be used effectively.

Please join the meeting at least a few minutes before the start time to allow adequate time for installation of plug-ins and troubleshooting.

Topic: NRS Promising Practices Infographics Webinar
Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Meeting Number: 597 975 429

Meeting Password: NRSpp2014! (*Please note it will ask you for a password)
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9.  Health Resource:  Staying Healthy Teacher Guide

Taken from LINCS

Dear LINCS Community members,

We are pleased to announce the addition of Staying Healthy for Beginners: An English Learner’s Guide to Health Care and Healthy Living to the LINCS Resource Collection. This publication is comprised of a teacher guide and student guide that when used together help enhance students’ understanding of health information while improving their English language and literacy skills at the same time.

The new Teacher Guide includes lesson and activity ideas for incorporating health content into the classroom, and the Student Guide provides learners with an introduction to important health information and related vocabulary.  

By providing students with important information on health and nutrition, we help to increase their ability to communicate about health issues and extend their access to health care services. You can find the updated Staying Healthy for Beginners Teacher Guide at:  and access the Student Guide through the Florida Literacy Coalition’s (FLC) website here.

While the 2008 publication written by FLC contained information specific to Florida’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) content standards and health care system, this 2014 update does not contain state-specific references and can be used and individualized by any program or instructor to suit their purposes. Also, it expands the intended audience from intermediate level English language learners to high beginning level EL learners.

We hope you and your students find these materials helpful! If you have any questions please contact us.


The LINCS Community Team

10. Reading: Study Circles on Teaching Adults to Read

Taken from LINCS Reading and Writing 

LINCS RPDC 4 announces the 2014-2015 start of the research-based, facilitated online Study Circle Series for Teaching Adults to Read!

Purpose: This study circle will focus in-depth on moving from knowledge about reading component research for adults to active skill building in using those approaches in personal instructional practice, using a Participatory Action Research approach. The program aligns with the objective in WIOA Legislation for implementation of researched-based “essential components of reading instruction.”

Participants:  ABE and ELL instructors will form a cohort community to explore reading research and evidence-based best practices, discuss implementation strategies and lesson plans, and share experiences in using their lessons with different student groups. Both teachers who are new to the reading components and those who have taken TAR online or face-to-face courses are welcome to participate. This is a great professional growth opportunity for full- and part-time teachers and tutors.

Process overview: The interactive study circle integrates National Academy of Sciences research with a review of the TAR Study Circle series content. The program consists of 1 Introduction Session and 4 sessions that make up each Component Series, with implementation tasks to be completed between sessions. For the Fluency Series, sessions will be on Wednesdays: October 1 (Introduction Session), and October 8, 15, 22, 29 (Fluency Sessions). All sessions will take place in the same time slot. That is (by time zone) 2:15-4:15 PM Eastern, 1:15-3:15 PM Central, 12:15-2:15 PM Mountain, and 11:15 AM-1:15 PM Pacific. Registration deadline: by 5 pm on Monday, September 29!

The Introduction Session provides an overview of research on reading components broadly, and outlines the goals, study circle framework, activities, resources and expectations for the Series. It is comprised of 2 hours of online contact time plus 2 hours of pre-work and follow-up total. This single Introduction Session is a pre-requisite for subsequent Component Series – i.e. participants may enroll in any Component Series (Fluency, Alphabetics, Vocabulary, and Comprehension) after they have at least once participated in an Introduction Session. Each Component Series provides component-specific research and best practices content and is comprised of 8 hours of online contact time plus approximately 7 hours of homework. As the sessions build on each other, commitment to completion of all sessions in a series is essential.

The program emphasizes a comprehensive and ultimately integrated approach to teaching reading – completion of all 4 Component Series is strongly encouraged. Certificates of Completion are available to participants have completed all 4 sessions in a Component Series plus the Introduction Session, and their professional portfolios. For on-going implementation support instructors are encouraged to join LINCS Community of Practice. This is great preparation for individuals who will become reading resource people for their colleagues!

The study circle will be led by educational consultant and Subject Matter Expert Shash Woods, who has 17 years of experience teaching Adult Education, as well as 15 years leading teacher training in content standards and andragogical practices. The facilitator will be Kristin Ockert, LINCS staff, with 12 years of experience in teaching Adult Education, as well as 15 years in creating and supporting professional development programs for ABE instructors and staff.

E-Platform: Blackboard Collaborate with up-to-date Java software.  Compatible Browsers: Safari 6.0 and above, Firefox 23 and above; Internet Explorer 9 and above; Chrome. Collaborate test site for computer set-up:

For registration or questions, please contact: Paul Heavenridge, Executive Director of LINCS Region 4 Regional Professional Development Center. EMAIL:

11. Reading: Webinar on Using the Change Agent – September 23

Taken from LINCS Adult English Language Learners 

A new issue of The Change Agent, with pieces written by adult learners from all over the country, is back from the printer. This issue’s focus - food - brings up powerful memories. Stories from the kitchen often touch on themes that matter the most to us. Exploring how we produce, distribute, and eat our food helps us raise many interesting questions about our society and our economy, and offers many opportunities for skill development.

Attend a FREE lunchtime webinar on Tuesday, September 23, at noon EST, with special guest, Carey Reid, who will be demonstrating the use of explicit instruction for building fluency and comprehension, and using articles from the issue to build an instructional unit. The webinar is free, but you must register to attend:  Carey will provide lesson plans before the webinar so you have a chance to look them over.  

Our next issue will be on prisons. You can find the Call for Articles ere: Students whose writings are accepted receive a $50 stipend. 

You can find a great 2-minute video on the website ( that takes you on a tour of all of its helpful features. 

12. Technology:  What Happens to Literacy When the Internet Turns into a Giant TV Station?

Taken from LINCS Technology and Learning 

Have videos and images threatened print literacy? Here's an interesting article that deals with this question.

David Rosen

Click here to access the article, What happens to literacy when the internet turns into a giant TV station?

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Norene Peterson
Adult Education Center
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