MTLINCS Update

1/25/16

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One of the purposes of MTLINCS is to provide you with not only state information but also snippets from national discussions.  Do not be overwhelmed.  Just quickly scroll through the list of items to see what may be pertinent or interesting to you.

Montana Information

National Information:  *WIOA Items

HiSET Information

Montana Information

1. Montana ABLE Meetings

Click here to access information about the following February Montana ABLE Meetings:

·       Bring Your A Game to Work

2. Montana ABLE Shoptalk

ShopTalk documents from January 2016 Shoptalk

·        Adult Basic Education Protocol

·        Application for CCR Standards

·        OCTAE Program Memo

·        TechHire Grant

·        WIOA Discussion Group Directions

3. Montana BEST Plus Update

Happy New Year from all of us at the Center for Applied Linguistics. As we noted in our email to you last month, CAL is committed to providing you with the information you need to prepare for the launch of BEST Plus 2.0 on July 1, 2016. Please take a moment to review the following updates. You can find more information online at the BEST Plus 2.0 web page. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

BEST Plus 2.0 Rollout

§  CAL will provide each state and each program with one complimentary BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administrator Guide and one USB drive that includes the BEST Plus 2.0 test administration software and the new score management software.

§  To ensure we have the most updated shipping information, CAL will be contacting programs in February 2016 with a link to a web page for programs to update their contact and shipping information.

§  Watch for our email and postcard with the link. For test security, please note that CAL will only send the complimentary BEST Plus 2.0 materials to programs that have confirmed their shipping information.

Pre-Order BEST Plus 2.0 Starting May 16, 2016

§  BEST Plus 2.0 print-based examinee test booklets and picture cue books (Forms D, E, and F) will be available for pre-ordering on the CAL Store starting Monday, May 16, 2016. Orders for print-based test materials received by June 20, 2016, will be shipped to arrive by June 30.

§  Prices for BEST Plus 2.0 are now available on the BEST Plus 2.0 web page. Price changes for computer test administrations will go into effect on July 1, 2016.

§  Computer test administrations ordered at any time will continue to be credited to the programs’ accounts and will not be affected by the transition to BEST Plus 2.0.

§  CAL can work with your state to order BEST Plus 2.0 print-based test materials and computer test administrations at a bulk rate. Please contact us for more information.

New NRS Score Ranges

The new NRS score ranges for BEST Plus 2.0, effective July 1, 2016, are listed below. You can also find these posted on the BEST Plus 2.0 web page.

·       Beginning ESL Literacy       88 to 361

·       Low Beginning ESL             362 to 427

·       High Beginning ESL            428 to 452

·       Low Intermediate ESL        453 to 484

·       High Intermediate ESL       485 to 524

·       Advanced ESL                     525 to 564

·       Exit criteria from NRS        565 and higher

Pre- and Post-Testing

Please note that you cannot pre-test with the original BEST Plus and post-test with BEST Plus 2.0 for NRS reporting.

·       Starting July 1, 2016, programs must use BEST Plus 2.0 for pre- and post-testing for NRS reporting. This means that scores from the original BEST Plus cannot carry over into the new program year.

·       Returning students will need to be retested with BEST Plus 2.0 per NRS guidelines. Programs should follow policies set by states and OCTAE. 

Instructional Hours

CAL has revised guidance for instructional hours for BEST Plus 2.0 and BEST Literacy as outlined below.  Guidance on instructional hours is also posted on the BEST Plus 2.0 web page. 

§  CAL recommends re-testing students at the end of their period of instruction, with 60 hours minimum (80–100 hours recommended) of instruction prior to re-testing.

§  In instances where a student does not have 60 hours, programs should follow state assessment policies and NRS guidelines when re-testing at the end of the instructional period.

§  If students receive more than 60 hours of instruction, CAL does not recommend re-testing students at the 60 hour mark; rather, students should be tested at the end of the instructional period to avoid over-testing.

CAL recommends that states work with programs to review program assessment policies and reference the current OCTAE NRS Implementation Guidelines (dated February 2015) in their entirety where necessary.

Original BEST Plus Materials and Computer Administrations

§  Programs with computer test administration balances in their accounts and on testing computers will not have to make any changes once the BEST Plus 2.0 software is installed. Computer test administrations from BEST Plus will carry over into BEST Plus 2.0.

§  For the print-based version used for NRS reporting, CAL recommends that original BEST Plus examinee test booklets (Forms A, B, and C) be used by June 30, 2016. NRS users will not be able to use them after July 1, 2016.

§  To finish your Program Year 2015 data collection (i.e., scoring, data entry, and NRS reporting), NRS users will need to use the original BEST Plus score management software on the red Test CD (dated February 2005) or on the original BEST Plus USB. Programs should save a copy of the red BEST Plus CD or original BEST Plus USB for this purpose.

§  Any unused print-based scoring administrations in your program account balance will be converted to use as computer test administrations as of July 1, 2016. This is especially important for NRS users. 

§  There are no changes to the scoring rubric. 

§  Programs will be able to download a free PDF of the scoring and software sections of the new BEST Plus 2.0 Test Administrator Guide (TAG) to update their current TAG. New test administrators will need a new BEST Plus 2.0 TAG after July 1, 2016.

§  On July 1, 2016, programs and test administrators using BEST Plus for NRS purposes will need to destroy all original BEST Plus examinee test booklets and picture cue books (Forms A, B, and C) and the black Administrator Practice CD. All red BEST Plus Test CDs and original BEST Plus USBs should be destroyed as soon as Program Year 2015 NRS reporting has been completed.

§  Original BEST Plus test materials will not be valid for NRS reporting for Program Year 2016 or beyond.

CAL Contact Information

To make sure that your records are up to date, we are providing the current contact information for CAL.

Center for Applied Linguistics

Attn: BEST Plus

4646 40th St NW

Washington, DC 20016

Email: AEA@cal.org

Phone: 866-845-2378

Visit the BEST Plus 2.0 web page for more information.

Daniel Lieberson, Director, Product and Service Operations

Center for Applied Linguistics

4. Montana Moving Pathways Forward Resources

Click here to access all MPF Resources.  Logic Model and Contextualized Templates now posted.

5. Montana and National News Information

Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/National_News2015.html  to access a site that will take you to the most current information without your having to search.  New resources posted on 1/1/16.

6. TABE:  Participate in the TABE 11 & 12 Field Test Review – Just a reminder – Invitation from Mike Johnson Posted on 9/21

Data Recognition Corporation | CTB will be field testing new test items for the development of new TABE® forms. To achieve this goal, we need your help. We invite your program to join in this national field test review. You will have the opportunity to view and respond to test items that may appear on the new TABE 11&12 …

Mike Johnson
National Adult Education Manager
Data Recognition Corporation | CTB
 
mjohnson@datarecognitioncorp.com

More Information:

Recent changes in the Adult Education landscape have put a lot of pressure on educators across the country. Your ability to track your students' progress according to new requirements is critical to their future success, and to the health of your education program. DRC|CTB is investing in the future of Adult Education, and as part of that work we invite you to participate in a national field test for TABE®.

Participating sites will have the opportunity to view potential new items and to try the DRC INSIGHT™ technology platform. Participating students will experience test items written to the new College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education at their educational level. Both your program and your students have the opportunity to make some extra money!

DRC|CTB Adult Education 2016 Winter Field Test Details:

Testing window: February 15–April 15, 2016

Subjects: Reading, Language, and Math

Randomly assigned and will range from 3–8 hours for each content area

Formats: both online and paper/pencil*

*Test-takers will need the use of a computer with Internet access.

Participant Incentives:

Participating students have an opportunity to earn from $50-$250 in the form of a VISA® gift card. Their incentive is determined by the number for content areas taken and the length of the forms assigned. An extra bonus will be paid to students who complete all three content areas.

Testing sites will earn $15 per participating student, in recognition of your time and effort to recruit test-takers and proctor the tests. In addition, you can earn up to $200 in bonuses for managing the secure test materials and testing 85% of your enrolled students.

7. WIOA Update

WIOA Montana Updates:

1/25/16:

Notice!  MT WIOA Plan:  Public Comments Due by February 19

From: Schreiner, Casey, Director of State Workforce Innovation Board
Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 4:51 PM
Subject: NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT: Montana WIOA State Plan

Dear Workforce Partners,

The Montana State Workforce Innovation Board (SWIB), in partnership with the Montana Department of Labor & Industry, Montana Office of Public Instruction, and Montana Department of Health and Human Services has opened the public comment period for the Montana WIOA State Plan.  This public comment period is open now. Please submit comments by 5:00 PM February 19th, 2016.  All comments can be submitted by email to swib@mt.gov .

Click here to read the plan.

Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/wioa/wioa_updates.html  to access the following:   Montana WIOA:  Chunking Pertinent Information for Montana.

9/7/15:  WIOA Kickoff Follow-up

Presentations posted on DLI website:  https://dli.mt.gov/ under Data and Publications.

WIOA National Update:

12/14/15:  WIOA Graphic

How Performance Data Works

National Information

*8. Adult Education Teacher Induction Toolkit:  Webinar on January 26

Taken from LINCS Notice

Event Title: Introduction to the Adult Education Teacher Induction Toolkit

Event Type: Interactive Webinar. Register now!

Date(s): January 26th, 2:00 – 3:15 PM

Dear LINCS Community,

What can adult education programs do to develop the capacity and confidence of new teachers?

Next Tuesday, January 26th, from 2 – 3:15 PM EST, Andy Nash of the New England Literacy Resource Center will lead a webinar offered by Regional Professional Development Center 1 exploring the Adult Education Teacher Induction Toolkit, a collection of multimedia resources that:

Strengthen evidence-based instruction of new teachers

Guide experienced teachers in mentorship practices

Incorporate the Teacher Induction Pathway into program support and leadership  

Webinar participants will look at key resources in the Toolkit, as well as hear from instructional leaders and mentors on how to best use them.

Webinar Objectives

Participants will:

Understand the Toolkit’s teacher induction resources and their purposes

Become familiar with the Teacher Induction Pathway and key tools to support each step

Identify tools that match specific program purposes

Pre-Webinar Activity

Before the webinar, please acquaint yourself with one resource from the list below:

1.      To learn about core competencies of effective adult education instructors: Adult Education Teacher Competencies

2.      To explore research on teacher effectiveness and induction: Teacher Effectiveness Annotated Bibliography

3.      To figure out if you have the program conditions to support a successful teacher induction effort: Conditions for Success Brief

4.      To learn the steps of the induction process: Pages 8-11 of Teacher Induction Brief

5.      To learn how to select and match mentors with teachers: Pages 9-14 of the Leadership Guide

6.      To explore peer observation: Pages 68-80 of the Mentoring Guide

Register now for the webinar. See you there!

*9. Career Pathways:  CLASP Questions to Consider When Reviewing State Grants

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has released a document titled, Questions to Consider When Reviewing Draft WIOA State Plans.  This resource includes questions related to career pathways, and the link to their memo with recommendations for state and local jurisdictions to realize opportunities for career pathways, as part of WIOA.  

Below are the questions from this document.

· Does the draft state plan describe how the state will implement career pathways? Does the state adopt the WIOA statutory definition of career pathways?

· Is there a description of how the state will ensure that career pathways are accessible to high-need adults and out-of-school youth, including supportive services and entry-paths for individuals with low basic skills?

· Does the draft state plan advise local boards regarding the requirement that local areas use youth funds to conduct an objective assessment “for the purpose of identifying appropriate services and career pathways for participants"?

*10. Career Pathways:  Connecting Credentials Webinars in 2016

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways

Beginning in January 2016, the Connecting Credentials Initiative is co-hosting several interactive webinars featuring credentialing innovations across the U.S. These webinars will increase viewer's understanding of credentials and promote further discussion to better connect different credential systems. 

These webinars will focus on the five topics below:

·        Developing common language to serve as the basis for a connected credentialing system;

·        Using real-time data and technology to empower credential users and create continuous feedback mechanisms;

·        Creating nimble end-to-end quality assurance processes to support portability and trust of credentials;

·        Creating scalable employer engagement approaches to improve demand signals and increase relevance and currency of credentials; and,

·        Creating flexible credentialing pathways leading to family-sustaining job to increase equity.

You can register for these free webinars, using the links below: 

·        Flexible Credentialing Pathways Leading to Family-Sustaining Jobs

o   February 11, 2016 2:00-3:30 pm EST

·        Developing a Common Language for Connecting Credentials

o   February 19, 2016 1:00-2:30 pm EST

Mike Cruse

*11. Career Pathways:  Looking for Ways effective employment strategies to address the needs of low-income adults?

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways

Looking for effective employment strategies to address the needs of low-income adults?  There is a resource for that.  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Employment Strategies for Low-Income Adults Evidence Review (ESER) website offers literature reviews on the effectiveness of employment and training programs for low-income adults. Specifically, reviews are looking at the evidence presented for the effectiveness of a program, and how likely it was that a study’s anticipated program impacts were caused by the program, and not by external factors. 

The ESER website also allows users to search for results by program studied, target population, and other demographic information.  Users are able to explore top searches of evidence reviews, or design their own. They can see what research says about programs that offer work readiness activities, financial incentives, and support services, or look at evidence supporting ways to improve both short and long-term earnings, as well as long-term employment goals.

Mike Cruse

*12. College Readiness:  Report on impact of Co-requisite Remediation by Complete College America

Taken from LINCS Math and Numeracy

Complete College America released its newest results on the impact of providing remedial education as a co-requisite to college gateway courses (typically English and math).  The 7-page Executive Summary provides student outcome information on programs in Georgia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Indiana, and Colorado.  The results are impressive.  Corequisite remediation is doubling and tripling gateway college course success in half the time or better.  What does remediation look like in your state?  See pages 5-6 for a state-by-state review of remedial English and math for full- and part-time students or use the Complete College America’s easy to use calculator to show your state’s data by institution type and course.

Over 1.7 million students entering college require remediation, including many adult learners (NCES Digest).

Cynthia Zafft

 13. Diversity:  Diversity and Literacy Newsletter

Taken from LINCS Diversity and Literacy

Click here to access the current Diversity and Literacy newsletter by Leecy Wise.

Snippets from newsletter:

Encouraging Literacy among Diverse Learners

Diverse learners learn in diverse ways. Do we provide them with enough ways? “From ISTE: “Maybe you’ve heard of Minecraft. Or World of Warcraft, or Second Life. Maybe you’ve even heard that there are a few brave educators who are using them in their classrooms, with — gasp! — students. These educators know that 3D virtual learning environments are far more than mere games and that their potential to engage students, personalize curricula and develop higher-order thinking skills is worth the fight against fears of time wasting, questionable online influences and doubts about educational value.” (5 virtual worlds for engaged learning, By Andrew Wheelock and Scott Merrick 5/4/2015)https://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=395&category=In-the-classroom&article&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=PLN .

Prezi – I still use PowerPoint extensively to make points. It is a powerful tool that allows for many types of interaction and activities. Prezi, in my view, is an alternative to PowerPoint, which provides amazing tools for delivering content. Students can have a ball using it. It is a free online tool unless you want to upgrade. Among the projects suggested in the above discussion is a Prezi developed on how to use storytelling as a way to encourage writing. No matter what our culture or background, we humans love good stories. Check out this Prezi at . If you enjoy the tool, create a Prezi on your own to learn, and then share the tool with your students. What a great alternative to boring writing instruction! See link below.

https://prezi.com/lvln-7xg-tr6/the-storytellers-secret/?utm_source=prezi&utm_medium=email&utm_content=16777836&utm_campaign: The best storytellers all share something in common - "Presentation expert Carmine Gallo has created an amazing prezi about how some of the best storytellers do what they do. From Richard Branson to Malala Yousafzai, these charismatic leaders tell stories that inspire their audiences to act. See his Prezi to find out how you can do the same."

Voki – I have used Voki for years to add variety to announcements in my online classes, to make people laugh through emails, to have native and non-native English speaking students create and share short stories about themselves, and more.

http://www.voki.com/pickup.php?scid=11902732&height=267&width=200 - This Voki invites you to use the tool.

http://www.voki.com/pickup.php?scid=11372829&height=267&width=200 - This Voki is created by a student learning to speak English.

Sometimes students don’t want to use their voices, which is an option in Voki. Instead, they can choose from several different speakers who will read the text they create.

Once you create a Voki, you can either share the link, as I’ve done here, or embed the code given into a Website or email. Try it. You’ll love it! So will your students!

When you are ready to share your Voki with us, open a new Discussion. Call it something like “Sharing My Voki.” Add the link, and let’s start talking! Share what your students create. Let’s have some fun!

EBooks – Students across the board love creating ebooks. You can create an ebook with Word, PowerPoint, or even Excel! A collaborative ebook allows students to tell different stories in different ways: one writes, another edits, another illustrate, and another compiles. Students can their own stories, stories for their children, recipe stories, and more. They’ll think of something.

·         http://www.creating-ebooks.com/ - A step-by-step guide to creating an ebook in ePub and mobi formats, complete with ebook template, and a useful style guide for authors.

·         http://www.pcworld.com/article/253618/how_to_use_microsoft_word_to_create_an_ebook.html - How to Use Microsoft Word to Create an Ebook, from PC World.

·         http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/how-to-create-ebooks-free-templates-ht - Free templates and a step-by-step guide.

·         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENpj0jAjI-0 - How to Create A Successful eBook in 4 Steps, YouTube video by Nacie Carson Pereira. Very useful, with tips that can be used by advanced or beginning writers. Imagine the different applications for your students, including how they might make some extra $!

*14. ESL:  Serving Immigrant Professionals Webinar – Save the date, January 26

Taken from LINCS Adult English Language Learners

On January 26th, from 3 – 4:30 PM EST, the LINCS Adult English Language Learners group is hosting an interactive webinar on acclimating immigrant professionals to the workplace. The webinar will be followed by a conversation in the community for the remainder of the week.

Special guest presenters from the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians will share their strategies for serving immigrant professionals. The Welcoming Center is a Philadelphia-based organization that connects newly-arrived U.S. immigrants with employers and professional development resources.

The webinar will cover ideas and models in place at the Welcoming Center, including some challenges adult immigrant educators struggle with as well as strategies to accelerate English language learning and develop workplace skills.

Following the webinar, presenters will continue the discussion in the LINCS Adult English Language Learners group. The discussion is an integral part of the activity, where the presenters will delve further into the concepts explored during the webinar, facilitate discussion among the LINCS Community members, and answer questions that participants may have. Participants can also share their own strategies that they have used in working with this population.  

We hope you can join us! Please register now!

15. HSE Updates

Taken from LINCS Assessment

GED teacher, professional developer, and blogger, Meagen Farrell, has posted this important 2016 update on all three HSE tests. Perhaps the most surprising, to some at least, is the change in cut scores to the GED(r) test.  http://farrellink.com/2016/01/22/5-minute-hse-update-major-test-changes/

David J. Rosen

*16. Instruction:  Instructional Design for Adult Education Resources

Taken from LINCS College and Career Standards

I am posting to share information about a new service-learning course offered by Designers for Learning, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. This project-based course is designed as an opportunity to "gain experience for good". Participants in the free online course will gain instructional design experience, and support high quality resource development for adult education. As the final project in the course, participants will create and share open educational resources (OER) for adult education that are aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards. 

There are no prerequisites to join, and the course is free. This is great opportunity to not only learn new skills, but also to contribute to adult education. You can find more information about this course, its purpose, participant expectations, and the final product in the links below. Please share this announcement with your colleagues, and feel free to ask me questions as a reply to this post or via email. Thank you!

Enroll now for free

Frequently Asked Questions about the course

Jennifer Maddrell
Designers for Learning
jmaddrell@designersforlearning.org

*17. Instruction:  Multimedia Resources for the ABE Classroom Webinar – February 1

Taken from LINCS Notice

Event Title: Highlighting KET: Multimedia Resources in the ABE Classroom

Event Type: Webinar and Follow-Up Discussion

Date(s): Webinar: February 1st from 2 – 3:30 PM EST. Register now!

Discussion: Following Webinar in LINCS Evidence-Based Professional Development , Math and Numeracy, and College and Career Standards groups

On February 1st, from 3 – 4:30 PM EST, Kentucky Educational Television (KET), the nation’s largest statewide public broadcasting network, will host an interactive webinar and discussion on effectively incorporating video resources into adult education classrooms.  Presenters from KET will provide best practices for integrating video and multimedia resources, as well as introduce several free online resources for GED testing, math and numeracy, and workplace interview skills.

Leading the webinar will be Tonya Crum and Amanda Dawahare from KET’s adult education department. Their team produces some of the top resources in the adult education field and offers training sessions on smart use of multimedia in the classroom.

Following the webinar, the discussion will continue in the LINCS Evidence-Based Professional Development , Math and Numeracy, and College and Career Standards groups. This discussion is a key element of KET’s presentation and a great opportunity for webinar participants to connect with other adult education professionals.

Register now!

18. Reading:  Reading and Writing Newsletter

Taken from LINCS Reading and Writing

Click here to access the current Reading and Writing newsletter by Leecy Wise.

Snippet from newsletter

Brain Games and Fun Things

3. I strongly advocate puzzle activities as a fun way to encourage vocabulary development, contextual meanings, and many other language-related skills. Try this site, and if you like it, send your students there. http://www.kappapuzzles.com/

4. And speaking of fun, have you and your students tried Free Rice? http://freerice.com/#/english-vocabulary/1399. For every right answer, the site donates 10 grains of rice through the World Food Program. Be sure to check the many options for difficulty lever, topics, and more. Warning! This site is addictive.

*19. Reading:  Standards Resource for ELA Anchors 9 and 7 – ProCon.org

Taken from LINCS College and Career Standards

Are you looking for a great resource for addressing ELA Anchor 9: Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take--?

No doubt, some members are aware of the ProCon.org website. This is a good resource for locating brief, yet rich, texts that can be compared and contrasted. There are texts available on a wide range of topics that are likely to be of interest to adults. For example, some of the most popular topics include:

·        Gun Control

·        Death Penalty

·        2016 Presidential Election

·        Immigration

·        Euthanasia

·        Medical Marijuana

·        Animal Testing

For each topic, there is a set of brief articles (around 75 to 170 words each) in support of the issue and opposed to the issue. For instance, for the topic of animal testing, there are 14 statements in favor and 13 opposed.

The site also features lengthier articles and 2- to 6-minute videos on the various topics. Related to animal testing, there are two videos on the pro side and two on the con side. Integrating both text and video resources into instruction allows us to also address ELA 7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

In addition, you can also find a great list of quotes related to critical thinking on the site!

Susan Finn Miller

20. Technology:  Online Tools and Resources Evaluation Group

Taken from LINCS Technology and Learning

This last week, 14 people have joined the Online Tools and Resources Evaluation MicroGroup in the Technology and Learning group. Members are still getting through the introductions so it is not too late for you to join this wonderful group of people. 

You can easily find the group forum here at this link and you can find more information about what this group aims to accomplish here at this link

Edward Latham

21. Writing:  Why Americans Can’t Write

Taken from LINCS Reading and Writing

Here is an opinion article from the Washington Post.

Why Americans can’t Write

… You have to learn to add before you can do calculus. Similarly, before students can write a coherent five-paragraph essay, they need to learn to write a decent sentence — no matter what grade they’re in …

HiSET Information

·       Montana HiSET Success Story in the left-land column 

·       Math Tables Update in the right-hand column

HiSET® December 2015 Newsletter

The HiSET® program would like to extend warm holiday wishes to everyone during this special time of year. As we complete our second full year of testing, we are excited to be providing a more affordable and accessible option to states. We owe our success to all of the states and territories that have adopted the HiSET exam, and we couldn't have done it without your unwavering support. As we move into 2016, we are eager to build upon the success of 2015 and work with new states that seek alternative high school equivalency testing. Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year!

Enterprise Data Manager

Our Enterprise Data Manager resource was launched on December 11, 2015. All test center administrators have access to this resource from the HiSET portal once they log into the system. We also have provided a link within the portal to a user guide that explains all the features of this new resource. We will present a webinar in the near future to demonstrate all the capabilities of Enterprise Data Manager.

Subtest Fee Change

HiSET subtest fees are decreasing from $15 to $10, starting on January 1, 2016. The full battery will cost $50.

HiSET Reminders

Holiday Hours

It's the holiday season, and many of us are taking vacations after a busy year! If you are unable to reach your normal Test Administrative Services representative, please remember to email HiSETTAS@ets.org, so that another representative can assist you. ETS has coverage in place, and we will be able to serve you quickly in the event your representative is taking some time off for the holidays. You can also call TAS at 1-800-257-5123 and you will be directed to an available representative. ETS will be closed December 24–25 for the holidays, as well as December 31–January 1, 2016, for the New Year holiday.

Returning 2015 Test Materials

All 2015 HiSET test books must be returned to the ETS warehouse at the conclusion of the 2015 testing year by chief examiners. Per policy and procedures, you may not keep the test books for any reason whatsoever after the 2015 testing year concludes.

Please return all test books to:
Inbound Processing Center
200 Ludlow Drive
Ewing, NJ 08638

The test books should be returned sorted and counted by subtest and form; for example, count by Math Form A, Math Form B, etc. Please label each box in your shipment with the center's name or HSTP number, and keep a record of the tracking numbers.

Unused answer sheets can be used in 2016 and do not need to be included in your returns. See our 2015 Test Materials Return (PDF) and 2015 Test Materials Return Notice (PDF) for detailed instructions.

HiSET Success Stories — Billings, Montana

Just a few months shy of her 20th birthday, Aspin Miller felt she had no clear direction in her life. At that point, she decided to further her education, not just for herself, but for her family too. Miller enrolled in classes at the Billings Adult Education Center to prepare to take the HiSET exam. Read more about Miller's story (PDF) and how passing the HiSET exam has helped her find the path to achieving her goals.

Does your state or jurisdiction 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 and include "HiSET Success Story" in your subject line.

For more information about the HiSET program, contact us.

Phone toll-free:
1-855-MyHiSET
1-855-694-4738

Email: HiSET@ets.org

Montana HSE Update: January 2016

Update:  1/4/16

Important Update Regarding the 'Are you Ready to Take the HiSET Exam?' Chart

During a recent quality control of all online material, we discovered that the Math range tables posted on September 1, 2015 do not reflect the most current information.  As you may recall, the Math tables were updated back in April to accommodate the additional items added to the existing practice tests. Please note that the tables were in fact accurate at that time. On September 1st, the document was then updated to include the newly added practice tests. When that update occurred, the Math range tables inadvertently reverted to the data as it existed prior to April 2015. The error was immediately corrected and an updated chart has been posted online.

 

To summarize, the Math tables published between September 1, 2015 and December 18, 2015 were incorrect.  Please use be certain to use this updated chart moving forward.

 

Our sincere apologies for any confusion or inconvenience this oversight may have caused you or your test takers. Please contact me directly with any questions or concerns. My contact information can be found in my signature below.

 

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!

Adriana

 

 

Adriana Wells

Senior Product Manager

 

Update:  10/19/15

·        HiSET 2016 Montana Presentation by Jonna McDonough, Director, ETS High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®)

Update:  10/5/15

·       2016 Writing Response Scoring Guide:  NEW

·       2016 Scored Sample Writing Responses:  NEW

·       2016 Sample Questions:  NEW

·       2016 Test at a Glance:  NEW

·       2016 HiSET Program Manual:  NEW

Update:  8/31/15

HiSET 2015 Information Brief - Math

As many Math teachers requested, we have enhanced the Math information with a great deal of detail.  Teachers may expect a similar level of detail in our 2016 Informational Brief for all subtests.  This particular update was developed in response to feedback received from Math teachers across all HiSET states and territories.

Click here for the brief.

Estimate how well prepared you are for the HiSET exam:

Are You Ready to Take the HiSET Exam?

HiSET Preparation Materials 2015

Montana HiSET Resources

Check out the shared resources on the HiSET Resource page at http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/HiSET/hiset_resources.htm.

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


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