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Montana Information

National Information:  *WIOA Items

HiSET Information

Montana Information

1. Montana ABE Resources:  December

Check out national posting #7 below.

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 12/14/15.

4. WIOA Update

12/14/15:  WIOA Graphic

How Performance Data Works

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 Literacy Directory:  Have you updated your program information recently?

Taken from LINCS

Did you know that the most frequently accessed link in the new LINCS Learner Center is "Find a Program"?  Adults are looking for opportunities to learn and grow, and they can find a program that meets their needs by using the center's link to  America's Literacy DirectoryIs your program in the directory?  Is the information about your program up-to-date?  You can add or update a program by creating an account and submitting changes.  Please spread the word so that adult learners can find your program.

*6. Career Pathways:  Apprenticeship Information

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways

The Apprenticeship USA Toolkit website offers resources to learn, build and implement robust apprenticeship programs in your community.  What exactly is a registered apprenticeship? According to the Department of Labor, registered apprenticeships are "a proven approach for preparing workers for jobs while meeting the needs of business for a highly-skilled workforce. It is an employer-driven, 'learn while you earn' model that combines on-the-job training, provided by the employer that hires the apprentice, with job-related instruction in curricula tied to the attainment of national skills standards".

LEARN: Resources to introduce you to apprenticeship and its benefits for employers, workers, and the workforce system.

·        Introduction to Registered Apprenticeship On-line Training

·        Apprenticeship Frequently Asked Questions

·        WIOA: Advancing Apprenticeship as a Workforce Strategy

BUILD: Tools to help you build strong partnerships and plan apprenticeship strategies

·        Apprenticeship Assessment and Planning Tool 

·        Find Apprenticeship Partners in your Area 

IMPLEMENT: Resources to help you fully integrate apprenticeship into your workforce system.

·        Service Delivery Resources 

·        Guide for Business Services Representatives 

·        Register an Apprenticeship Program 

*7. Career Pathways:  Contextualized Curriculum Websites

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways

·        Massachusetts Community Colleges & Workforce Development Transformation Agenda:  Contextualized Curriculum for Adult Learners in Math and Literacy


·       Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Adult and Community Learning Services


*8. Career Pathways:  Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE and ESOL Classroom

Taken from LINCS College and Career Standards

Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE & ESOL Classroom that the National College Transition Network at World Education

Here's a link to the LINCS review of it: The curriculum guide can be downloaded free at:

Kaye Beall

ESL Resource

Another resource you may wish to check out is the Career Pathways ESL Working Group Series, from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  This resource includes a webinar series addressing the following topics:

ABE Transitions as a step along Career Pathways: What needs to be addressed and examples from the field

·        What do employers need to know about your English language students: Advocating and collaborating with the employers to support English learners along a Career Pathway

·        Supporting English language learners along the Career Pathway:  How do we help students bridge the language and literacy gap between the classroom and employment

·        High priority occupations and English language learner goals:  Helping students understand and explore high priority occupations and how their talents and experiences might match up

·        Building on Your Students Knowledge: Project-Based Learning to Explore Local Career and Training Opportunities

In addition, the resource includes freely downloadable classroom resources on these career pathways-related topics:

·        Common Questions for Mock Interviews

·        Mock Interview Feedback Form

·        How Can I Get My International Degree Evaluated?

·        Medical Careers Sorting Activity

·        Introduction to Goal Setting using Past and Present Tense

·        Identifying Transferable Skills

·        Getting Along with Others at Work Reading Passage for ESL

·        Lesson for Communication in the Workplace - Building Transitional Skills

Mike Cruse

*9. College and Career Readiness and Success Center:  The Literacy List – Work Readiness and Work-Contextualized Curriculum Websites

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways

The College and Career Readiness and Success Center is based at the American Institutes for Research External Links icon and funded through a grant by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Note from Tammie Hickey, Great Falls:  I had found this info previously but then when I was in New Orleans two weeks ago, I was able to go to a conference session they conducted.  This is amazing information that has common language and an excellent framework for employability skill, pathways, etc.  It is funded by OCTAE and is FREE.  I will be sharing this complete site with my staff and conducting professional development with them using the resources that are available on this site.

10. Instruction:  Rubrics

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways

Check out this online resource:  Rubistar.  RubiStar is a free tool to help teachers create quality rubrics.

*11. 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:

12. Reading/Writing:  Teaching Summarizing and Paraphrasing

Taken from LINCS College and Career Standards

What is the role of summarizing and paraphrasing in supporting students to achieve the standards? We see "paraphrasing" explicitly mentioned in Writing Standard 8 Levels C and D, with an emphasis on avoiding plagiarism, which is important, but I see these skills as critical in other writing standards as well. For instance, if we are to write effective arguments, we usually need to summarize and paraphrase, as well as analyze and synthesize, various points of view. 

Here is a short video excerpt of a professional development session from New York's Teaching to the Core in which teachers discuss teaching summarizing and paraphrasing. I like the graphic organizer they use in the video (see below). On the left side of the graphic organizer, students choose a quote from a text to add to the graphic organizer. Students then add a paraphrase of the quote on the right side. Teacher would, of course, first want to model how to do this by thinking aloud. Also, I would say there are benefits of having students working together on their paraphrasing, just as the teachers in the video do.

Paraphrasing a Text

Copy a quote from the text here

 Paraphrase the text here          





Susan Finnmiller

13. Technology:  Improving Teaching Using Technology for Formative Assessment Webinar – Missed the webinar?  Webinar posted below!

Taken from LINCS Notice


webinar recording (click playback button on this page to view)

pdf of webinar slides

14. WIOA:  How WIOA Performance Data Works - Great Graphic

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways

Are you trying to get a better picture of how and why WIOA data are important?  This infographic contains an overview of WIOA’s four titles, explains the data collected, and shows how that data travels. It also lays out how the data is used by multiple stakeholders. 

Click here to access the infographic.

Mike Cruse

HiSET Information

HiSET® November 2015 Newsletter


Ordering Test Materials for 2016

The 2016 paper-delivered HiSET® tests are on their way to test centers nationwide. The quantities sent to your site are calculated by the HiSET Test Administration Services (TAS) and are based on past and projected usage. Our new method of test distribution alleviates the burden of calculating battery bundle quantities for chief examiners. To ensure that there is no confusion about process, the "Ordering Materials" tab on your portal has been removed. If you have any questions, please contact your 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, (e.g., count by Math Form A, Math Form B). 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.

HiSET Reminders


Please make sure to include your test center number when you submit the schedules for your test center.

HiSET Success Stories

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:


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