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Montana Information

National Information:  *WIOA Items

HiSET Information

Montana Information

1. Montana ABE Resources:  November

NEW Contextualized Template (Wyoming is sharing templates based upon Montana templates.)

·       Criminal Justice:  Wyoming

2. Montana ABE Shoptalk

Click here to access Shoptalk.

·       Schedule for upcoming Shoptalks

·       EdReady and Career Pathways

·       HiSET Alignment Study

·       Missouri Learns

·       Moving Pathways Forward Project:  Major State Initiative

·       MABLE

·       WIOA

·       Winter Meeting

·       Sharing Ideas across Programs

3. Montana Moving Pathways Forward Resources

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

4. Montana Program and Student Highlights

Miles Community College’s Careers and University department hosted Cupcakes and Careers nights as a way of trying out and introducing a new Personal Employee Plan (PEP) to the students by tempting them with sweet treats.   Click here.

5. 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 11/7/15.

6. WIOA Update

9/7/15:  WIOA Kickoff Follow-up

Presentations posted on DLI website: under Data and Publications.

WIOA Montana Updates:

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

National Information

*7. Career Pathways:  Moving Pathways Forward Podcast – Evaluation as a Critical Process in Providing Effective Career Pathways Services

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways

In the fourth podcast in the Moving Pathways Forward series, Judith Alamprese interviews Dr. Burt Barnow, Amsterdam Professor of Public Service at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University.  Sit back and listen to this 14 minute podcast on Evaluation as a Critical Process in Providing Effective Career Pathways Services, which will address the following questions:

·        What are the design evaluation components used to measure outcomes for Career Pathways services?

·        What are the best practices to tracking Career Pathways services and outcomes?

·        What is a logic model, and how is it applied to measuring outcomes for Career Pathways services?

·        How is implementation planning affected by the enactment of WIOA?

·        What are the best approaches to meeting client needs and those of the economic community?

*8. ESL:  New and Improved USA Learns Webinar – December 4

Taken from LINCS Technology and Learning

New and Improved USA Learns webinar will be given by John Fleischman on Friday, December 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm Eastern. Even though it might a little early to commit to attending, you will receive a reminder.  And even if you can't make it, by registering you will receive a link to the recorded webinar. So you can register now

*9. Instruction:  Medical Terminology Resources

Taken from LINCS Diversity and Literacy

Pronunciation site -

Medical terminology. Quizlet is a favorite tool online. Once flash cards are created and illustrated, the tool pronounces the terms, tests knowledge, and plays games until they are learned!

*10. Instruction:  Pronunciation Website

Taken from LINCS Diversity and Literacy

We so often teach students to spell and define or recognize terms but fail to have them practice saying the terms. This is a sweet little site. Think of all of those medical terms that face students entering training. Write the word, which is another reinforcement, and then just click to hear it.

*11. Instruction:  Resume Writing Resource – Tips for Writing a Resume Skills Section

Taken from LINCS Diversity and Literacy

How to Include Skills on a Resume - .   Includes a video by Nick Jaynes.

*12. Math:  Active Learning in Adult Numeracy

Taken from LINCS Math and Numeracy

Are you looking for some great videos about Active Learning in Adult Numeracy, Math Instructional Strategies, Measurement and Geometry, WorkKeys Applied Mathematics, etc. then I have GREAT news for you!  LINCS Resource Collection has added several new videos from KET.  You can search for them in the Resource Collection  today!

*13. Reading:  Teaching Adults to Read Study Circles for Winter and Spring

Taken from LINCS Math and Numeracy

A FREE Professional Development Opportunity brought to you by LINCS.

Facilitated online study circles for adult educators who want to learn – and practice - more about assessing and teaching the components of reading.

Winter series: Teaching Comprehension. Spring series: Teaching Vocabulary 


This study circle series focuses in-depth on implementation of the reading components into personal instruction practice. Meeting in interactive webinars once a week for a month, teachers form a cohort community and together explore research-based strategies for teaching and learning reading with struggling ABE and ELL readers. Participants develop a Participatory Action Research (PAR) plan as part of the study circle, in which they design research-based reading activities, implement them, and reflect on their meaning for student learning and their own professional growth in instructional practice. Participants are supported to develop a portfolio to document what they have learned.

The facilitator, Kristin Ockert, and presenters (Christie Knighton and Shash Woods) are Adult Education instructors and Professional Development specialists with decades of experience.


Each series starts with Teaching Adults to Read: Introduction to Effective Reading Instruction Research. This is a single session offered quarterly the week prior to the start of a component series, which participants must take at least once before participation in a component series. Component series are comprised of 4 sessions, one week apart.

State-tailored Sessions: Sessions tailored to specific states can be negotiated for a timeframe and schedule that suits the needs of their participants. Each session is 2 hours long.

Open Sessions:  Sessions that are open to participants nationwide take place on the same day and time slot each week, typically Fridays, by time zone -  12:15-2:15 PM Eastern, 11:15-1:15 PM Central, 10:15AM-12:15 PM Mountain, 9:15 AM-11:15 PM Pacific, 7:15 – 9:15 AM Hawaii.

Teaching Adults to Read: Comprehension               Introduction session January 29, 2016; Component sessions February 5, 12, 19, and 26.

Teaching Adults to Read: Vocabulary                      Introduction session April 8, 2016; Component sessions April 15, 22, 29, and May 6.

Teaching Adults to Read: Fluency and Alphabetics schedules TBD.


Each component series may be taken as a separate set of modules, or all of them may be taken to qualify the participants to receive a Teaching Adults To Read Series Certificate of Completion from OCTAE, US Dept of Education.

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

14. Technology:  Using Multimedia in Instructional Design

Taken from LINCS Technology and Learning

For anyone who uses visuals and multimedia, Richard Mayer is a must read. He believes if we develop material and we only think in terms of presenting information rather than guiding cognitive processing then we do not address how the audience will capture the presented information.

Here are some other key principals

."..research-based principles for the design of multimedia instructional messages include the following: multimedia principle, in which people learn better from words and pictures than from words alone; coherence principle, in which people learn better when extraneous material is excluded rather than included; contiguity principle, in which people learn better when corresponding words and pictures are presented at the same time or next to each other on the screen; modality principle, in which people learn better from animation with spoken text than animation with printed text; signaling principle, in which people learn better when the material is organized with clear outlines and headings; and personalization principle, in which people learn better from conversational style than formal style."

Read a short and sweet interview at

Get an in-depth description of his Principles for multimedia learning from a talk at Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching at:

Steve Quann, Director, EdTech Center @World Education

 HiSET Information

HiSET® October 2015 Newsletter

New Resources

Khan Academy Math Videos

In collaboration with Khan Academy, the HiSET® program has identified videos and exercises that can assist you in preparing for the HiSET Math test. These training videos can improve the fundamental skills in Numbers and Operations, Geometry, Data Analysis and Algebra that you need to be successful on the HiSET Math test. See the Khan Academy Instructional Support Videos and Exercises (PDF) for more information.

Ordering Test Materials for 2016

HiSET Test Administration Services (TAS) will be placing 2016 initial orders for all paper-delivered test centers. This will alleviate the burden of calculating battery bundle quantities for chief examiners. TAS will begin ordering materials on November 2, 2015. Please do not place orders for 2016 material without first contacting your HiSET TAS representative.

Returning Test Materials for 2015

All 2015 HiSET test books must be returned to the ETS warehouse at the conclusion of the 2015 testing year by chief examiners. Because of 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, i.e., 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.

Quick Reference Guide

The HiSET Quick Reference Guide (PDF) is a detailed list of all HiSET practice tests that are currently available. Please use this resource when choosing which practice tests to purchase or download.

Test Prep Providers

The HiSET Program has a list of publishers of HiSET test prep materials for educators and test takers. The HiSET® Test Prep Providers page, found in the "For States and Educators" section of the HiSET website, has a list of available products and publishers. These products were reviewed by third parties for alignment with the HiSET exam, but are not endorsed or approved by ETS.

Confidentiality Statement

Test centers do not need to mail in the confidentiality statement to the TAS department. The confidentiality statement is included in the Computer Based Testing test package and the test taker signs off on the confidentiality statement on the back of their answer sheet. Therefore, it is no longer necessary for test takers to write out and sign the confidentiality statement.

HiSET Success Story — Lawrence, Massachusetts

With the help of YouthBuild®, Daniel Morales successfully passed the HiSET exam and earned his high school equivalency certificate. Now set on a path to achieve lifelong goals, Morales is enrolled in an associates program at Northern Essex Community College. Read more about Morales' story.

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.

HiSET Annual Conference — Registration is now closed!

We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans on November 30–December 2, 2015. If you have any questions, please email us at

For more information about the HiSET program, contact us.
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Montana HSE Update: October 2015­­­

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

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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