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Montana Information

National Information:  *WIOA Items

HiSET Information

Montana Information

1. Montana ABE Resources:  November

NEW Contextualized Templates

·       Automotive Technology

2. Montana Moving Pathways Forward Resources

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

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 9/13/15.

4. 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

5. Adult Basic Skills Webinar:  The Impact of Adult Basic Skills Programs on Long Term Outcomes - Now Posted

Taken from LINCS Postsecondary Completion

The webinar, The Impact of Adult Basic Skills Programs on Long Term Outcomes, now posted:

Using data from the Longitudinal Study of Adult Learning (LSAL), study author Dr. Stephen Reder of Portland State University summarizes the long-term impact of Adult Basic Skills (ABS) participation on individuals’ earnings, literacy proficiency, General Educational Development (GED) credential attainment, and engagement in postsecondary education.

6. Blended Learning:  Blended Learning Webinar

Taken from LINCS

You're invited! Join World Education's brand new EdTech Center for an exploration of blended learning presented by David Rosen. This free webinar is for those who are new or experimenting with blended learning - integrating face-to-face and online learning. Together we will explore questions such as:

·        What is blended learning?

·        Why could blended learning be useful to your adult education program?

·        What are some different approaches to adding an online learning component?

Bring your questions and get inspired about blended learning! If you can't make the webinar, register anyway and we'll send you a copy of the recording. 

Blended Learning in the Adult Education Classroom with David Rosen
Friday, November 13, 2015 2:00 pm EST
Register today!  

*7. Career Pathways:  Moving Pathways Forward Podcast Series: Accelerating Opportunity - Inter-Agency Partnerships, State Systems, and Key Factors Used in Effective Career Pathways

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways

The third podcast in the Moving Pathways Forward series is now available: Accelerating Opportunity: Inter-Agency Partnerships, State Systems, and Key Factors Used in Effective Career PathwaysThis podcast highlights partnerships from Washington and Kansas, and discusses the Accelerating Opportunity Initiative, an expansion of Washington’s I-BEST Model.  Sit back and listen to this 15 minute conversation between Nate Anderson, Program Director at Jobs for the Future, and Abt Associates' Judith Alamprese, Director of Technical Assistance for Moving Pathways Forward.  Below are some of the questions addressed in this podcast.

·        What is the Accelerating Opportunity (AO) Initiative?

·        What are the range of services under AO?

·        What are some of the key findings of AO, and other inter-agency partnership models?

·        What factors have helped to facilitate implementation of Career Pathways under AO?

 *8. College and Career Standards:  Text Complexity

Taken from LINCS College and Career Standards

More information

I wanted to draw members' attention to the amazing lesson materials at Achieve the Core that are organized around text sets. Many of these lesson materials draw upon resources, i.e., articles, infographics and videos, that are freely available online. These K12 theme-based text sets are organized by grade levels, so, as is often the case, teachers will need to determine which are most relevant and appropriate for the adults they are working with.

For example, one text set at levels 4-5 focuses on wind energy. This text set includes 13 different texts that build in complexity for teachers to choose from on this topic. Most are freely available online. The lesson materials include detailed suggestions for ways to engage students in the texts, including graphic organizers, text-dependent questions, and a glossary of vocabulary words with student-friendly explanations.

Other non fiction topics include: Building a House, Muscles, Entrepreneurship, Money: Saving and Spending, The Civil Rights Movement, Human Body: Circulatory System, Life during the Great Depression, The Harlem Renaissance, Salem Witch Trials, Bacteria and Viruses and many more.

Susan Finn Miller

*9. ESL:  Resources from CAL

Taken from CAL

Most Popular Professional Development Workshops

·         English that Works: Designing and Delivering Workforce ESL Instruction

Adult education practitioners often seek ways to ensure that foreign-born adults will develop the English proficiency they need to succeed in the workplace. Using evidence-based resources, this workshop focuses on the communication skills that are essential for employability and career advancement. The workshop is interactive from start to finish, and participants leave with resources and tools that integrate workforce preparation with language development.

Learn more about this workshop.

·         English for Civic Life: Designing and Delivering Effective Integrated English Literacy (IEL) Civics Instruction

New federal requirements mean that practitioners in ABE, ASE, and ESL programs are seeking strategies for combining work readiness and career pathways material with existing civics and citizenship content. This workshop provides both a strong theoretical base and extensive hands-on practice in integrating multiple language and content objectives successfully in the classroom. Participants leave with resources and tools for melding established content with updated learning objectives.

Learn more about this workshop.

Connect with CAL Online

CAL offers a variety of free online resources for practitioners working with adult learners. 

·         Briefs and digests provide evidence-based information on topics related to adult English language acquisition, effective teaching practice, program design, assessment, and adult education policy. Learn more

·         Developing Oral Proficiency of Adults Learning English is a self-study professional development module designed for practitioners who want to deepen their expertise in building speaking and listening skills. Learn more. 

·         Publications include the Practitioner Toolkit: Working with Adult English Language Learners and the Framework for Quality Professional Development. Learn more.

Featured Resource: Consumer Protection Basics for Adult Learners

·         Access the financial literacy and consumer protection content provided by the Federal Trade Commission on its and websites. Visit these websites to learn about teaching basic literacy and Internet navigation and scaffolding English language instruction for Spanish speakers.

·         Visit CAL’s website to download free resource documents on using the College and Career Readiness Standards with the materials developed in collaboration with the FTC.

Learn more and download the free materials.

10. 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

11. ESL:  Pronunciation Websites

Taken from LINCS Adult English Language Learners

1. ESL Gold’s Pronunciation Pages

Features specific aspects of pronunciation for listening.

2. Charles Kelly Pronunciation Minimal Pairs

Interactive listening discrimination exercises for minimal pairs; other features are included as well.

3. Rachel’s English

A comprehensive site with over 300 detailed videos on English pronunciation. This site is appropriate for teachers to gain knowledge of specific aspects of pronunciation and for very advanced students who want to refine their pronunciation.

4. Pronuncian

Features numerous audio files to listen to. The premium website is not free.

5. Spoken Skills

Students can listen, assess their listening discrimination, and also record their own voice. Features many aspects of English pronunciation.

6.  The Sounds of Speech website from the University of Iowa.

Susan Finn Miller

*12. ESL:  Total Participation Techniques for Cognitive Engagement in the ESL Classroom Webinar – November 10

Taken from LINCS Adult English Language Learners

Mark your calendar for the upcoming exciting webinar to be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM Eastern.

During the webinar and follow up discussion, participants will learn simple classroom techniques that can be used to promote cognitive engagement and higher order thinking among all students.  The techniques outlined will help teachers to promote academic language and increase rigor in the classroom as well as prepare students for college and careers. The benefits of using these techniques with adult ELLs will be discussed and participants will leave with concrete ways they can implement these cognitively engaging techniques in their own context.

Event Title: Total Participation Techniques for the ESL Classroom

Event Type: Webinar Event

Date(s): November 10, 2015 (2:00-3:00 PM EST) / Register for the webinar

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, LINCS will host the “Total Participation Techniques for the ESL Classroom” webinar from 2-3:00 PM EST. Register now!

Special guests Becky Shiring and Sheryl Sherwin of Washington D.C.’s Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School will show you how to promote cognitive engagement in the ESL classroom with Total Participation Techniques (TPT). Through TPT, teachers can promote academic language use in the classroom—all while keeping students attentive and immersed.

Following the webinar from November 11-13, 2015, we will continue the conversation in the LINCS Adult ELL and Assessment groups.

*13. Math:  Building Stronger Numeracy Foundations in Adult Education with EMPower Plus Webinar – November 12

Taken from LINCS Math and Numeracy

Nearly two years into the High School Equivalency tests – and less than two years away from new, more rigorous College and Career Readiness-aligned NRS tests such as TABE and CASAS – it is clear the need for stronger numeracy foundations in adult education is greater than ever. Numeracy instruction for college and career success requires delving beyond rote procedures and the steps needed simply to solve problems on test day. Our adult learners need a solid foundation steeped in conceptual understanding, procedural fluency and application in order to successfully navigate the math required for HSE tests, postsecondary mathematics, and beyond.

On November 12th from 4pm - 5pm, McGraw Hill will host a webinar in advance of the release of the new EMPower Plus materials that the staff at TERC has written. I've gotten a close look at these 3 books, scheduled to be released before the end of this calendar year. These adult numeracy texts are like nothing else out there. The authors truly understand adult education and understand the Shift we need to make so our students UNDERSTAND the deep concepts of mathematics. I plan on tuning in to see what will be shared during the webinar, and I can't wait to get my hands on a printed copy of the books when they are available. Register for the webinar at:

Connie Rivera

 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.
Phone toll-free:


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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Norene Peterson, Adult Education Center