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Montana Information

MABLE 2015 Update!  (Note:  Updated Business Language Below - Posted on 7/27)

MABLE Make-over

MABLE launch went smoothly on July 1st. It is important to read the business language that provides succinct, clear language on reporting in MABLE. All program staff members need to be aware of MABLE changes and their implications for program/classroom management.  A new Users’ Manual will be forthcoming soon. However the business language captures the new reporting features.

Margaret Bowles, Adult Literacy and Basic Education Director

Montana Office of Public Instruction

Highlights of the new MABLE include:

·       Focus on the program year (no more instructional year);

·       Students no longer tied to PAIs dating to enrollments in past years;

·       Easy to track student gains;

·       Teacher read-rights to all of MABLE beginning July 15th  (Contact Carol Flynn at OPI if you need access to MABLE);

·       Spreadsheet will be available to track all exited student (coming soon);

·       Aligned to WIOA; and

·       Reports will be updated by July 31st.

Business Language Updated 7/27/15  (Clickhere for printable version.)

1. HiSET Blast

HiSET® Program eUpdate | July 2015

Test Taker Bulletin

The 2015–2016 HiSET® Test Taker Bulletin (PDF) is available! The bulletin contains new information about policy changes, new states and jurisdictions, SSD requirements, and more.

Upcoming Practice Tests

Writing, Math and Reading Practice tests will be released in September 2015. More information about test preparation materials for the 2016 HiSET exam will be available in August 2015 — stay tuned!

HiSET® Posters

New HiSET posters will be available in August 2015. Please contact Lindsey Hamilton for more information or if you would like to order the new HiSET posters.

HiSET Refund Policy

The policies for rescheduling and refunds for the HiSET exam have changed. Test takers can now reschedule or cancel their appointments up until 11:59 p.m. local time the day before the scheduled appointment. For example, if a test taker's appointment is on Friday, June 5, the deadline to cancel is Wednesday, June 3 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Test takers will be eligible for refunds on battery and individual fees if they cancel their appointment up until 11:59 p.m. local time the day before the scheduled appointment. Battery refunds will be made only if the test takers have not taken any of the subtests. Also, please note that state, jurisdiction and/or test center fees will still apply and these fees will not be refunded.

New Voucher Form

Our new voucher form is now available. You can access the new voucher form from our Download Library.

Annual Statistical Report

The 2014 Annual Statistical Report on the HiSET® Exam (PDF) is now available. You can also access this report from our Download Library. This statistical report contains data about the HiSET exam pertaining to our inaugural 2014 testing year.

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 Bill Kopco with details and include "HiSET Success Story" in your subject line.

For more information about the HiSET program, contact us.

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Montana HSE Update: August 2015­­­

Update:  7/27/15

HiSET Test at a Glance Update

Greetings HiSET States & Territories-

Just a quick update on revisions to our Test At A Glance (TAAG) document.

We will be making modifications to the HiSET TAAG, specifically to provide additional information in Math. This update will be released the week of August 10th.

Also, as a reminder the 2016 TAAG will be released on September 1st. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Jason A. Carter, National Director, High School Equivalency Testing (HiSET®)|Educational Testing Service


Save the Date! 

2015 HiSET Conference

November 30 to December 2

New Orleans

Registration and Exhibit information available soon!


As you know, we are continuing our efforts to improve processes and ensure test integrity through the practice of regular, random test center audits. These audits are meant to ensure consistency in the processes followed to deliver the HiSET nationally, and are in no way an attempt to impede testing or to get centers “in trouble”. Our efforts are related directly to best practices, and we hope that this process continues to create an environment where centers can grow and learn and improve processes, as well as offering an opportunity to find centers that exemplify what we consider stellar center management. We are sending out the reminder to test centers below this week, as we’ve had a handful of centers surprised by their audits, and want to remind everyone that these audits are standard, customary practice and in no way should impact their day to day operations of delivering tests.

As part of our ongoing commitment to quality and consistency in the delivery of the HiSET exam, a test center observer may visit your center the day of the test or the week preceding it. You should check the observer’s identification and letter of authorization from ETS Office of Testing Integrity. If you are still in doubt about the identity of the auditor, you should call the number on the letter to verify the visit. Test center observations are scheduled to ensure that procedures and facilities meet test center standards. The observer will want to monitor as many aspects of the administration as possible, particularly test security arrangements and procedures, testing environment conditions and any evidence of recent changes in program policies, procedures, or requirements. It is requested you provide full cooperation to the observer, however, an observer should not in any way impede you or your staff in the execution of the test administration. These audits will be unannounced and are random and ongoing throughout the testing year in all of our HiSET jurisdictions. You can always contact Test Administration Services at 1-800-257-5123 for additional questions or information regarding test center audits.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

Amy E. Briggs

Director of Product Management

ETS High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)



HiSET Accommodations Overview for 2014


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.

2. 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 6/29/15.

3. Montana Instruction

Check out #6, #9, #10, #11, and #13.

4. Montana Moving Pathways Forward Resources

Click here to access all MPF Resources. 

5. WIOA Update

7/6/15:  WIOA Joint Blog: Making a Shift in the Public Workforce System

On July 1, 2015 many of the provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) went into effect. OCTAE, along with our partners at the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Health and Human Services released a blog discussing the combined efforts at the federal, state, and local levels to date, and how the federal partners will continue to support the transformation of the public workforce system as state and local officials work to transform their systems. Read the joint statement about this significant milestone by Acting Assistant Secretary of OCTAE Johan E. Uvin and our partner agencies.
We encourage you to continue to visit for additional information and resources, as they become available.

Cheryl L. Keenan

Director, Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education

6/29/15:   Montana WIOA Kickoff

Please contact Margaret Bowles at for more information about the conference.

August 18 – 20

Gateway Center, Helena


WIOA Montana Updates:

Click here  to access the following:

Montana WIOA:  Chunking Pertinent Information for Montana.

National Information

6. Career Pathways:  Courses to Employment (C2E)

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways

Since 2008, AspenWSI has studied partnerships between community colleges and local workforce nonprofits, or Courses to Employment (C2E) partnerships. C2E partnerships combine each organization's strengths to focus on non-traditional students, typically low-income, working adults. They aim to support these students by:

·        Helping them identify an employment goal and learn about their target industry;

·        Connecting them to a variety of supports that help them manage the life issues that can impede learning;

·        Offering employment-relevant education or training;

·        Providing services that help students find and retain better jobs.

In a three-year project, AspenWSI learned from six partnerships between community colleges and nonprofit organizations. We learned that these C2E partnerships were helping low-income adults succeed in post-secondary education and the workforce.  Visit the Courses to Employment website to learn how community college-nonprofit partnerships are advancing opportunities for low-wage workers. 

7. Career Pathways:  The Future of Higher Education

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways

On July 27th, Secretary Arne Duncan spoke at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on college costs and student outcomes.  See ED's blog, Homeroom to read comments, and watch a video of Duncan's remarks.

“The degree students truly can’t afford is the one they don’t complete, or that employers don’t value.” - Secretary Arne Duncan

Nearly half of today’s students who begin college do not graduate within six years. The consequences of taking on debt but never receiving a degree can be severe.

Michael Cruse

8. Disabilities:  Special Discussion on Adult Learners' Awareness of Disabilities and Accommodations

Taken from LINCS Disabilities in Adult Education

Beginning on Monday, August 10th, our LINCS colleague, Dr. Margaret Patterson, will be leading a special event on adult learners’ awareness of, and attitudes towards disabilities and accommodations.  Discussion will take place:


She will share research findings from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) study, Adult Transitions to Learning, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness' survey, College Students Speak: A Survey Report on Mental Health, to support a better understanding of the current state of research in adult education.


Dr. Patterson will facilitate discussion on how adults with disabilities' perceptions of their disability may shift as they gain more education, and ask questions about our awareness of adult learners’ knowledge of accommodations, and whether it differs when adults are English language learners.


Michael Cruse

9. ESL:  OER Educational Resources (OER) - How Can These Free Resources Be Used for ESL Teaching and Learning

Taken from LINCS Adult English Language Learners

Discussion will be held on LINCS in Adult English Language Learning group from August 25 to September 1.  The purpose of this activity is to discuss what OER are and how they may enhance teaching and learning in adult education ESL classrooms.

10. Instruction:  Self-paced Online Course in Differentiated Instruction Now Available

Taken from LINCS Notice 

The Differentiated Instruction and Lesson Planning course is now live on the LINCS Learning Portal!

Designed to assist teachers in producing rigorous, standards-based lessons while maintaining differentiation, Differentiated Instruction and Lesson Planning contains interactive activities and examples for use in practice. The course walks participants through the steps of planning lessons, including how to write effective learning objectives, choose among approaches to differentiation, and design assessments. In completing the course, participants produce differentiated lesson plans that are suited to their unique instructional content and environments.

With many adult education classrooms containing students of varying ages, native languages, educational backgrounds, and academic skills, teachers can face many new and persistent challenges. Differentiated instruction is one of the most effective approaches for helping these students learn. We hope you find this course helpful!

11. Math:  Doing versus Learning

Taken from LINCS Math and Numeracy

Click here to read Doing Math Versus Understanding Math.



NCTM also cites research suggesting that "once students have memorized and practiced procedures that they do not understand, they have less motivation to understand their meaning or the reasoning behind them." An implication of this research is that "students need to have a deep and flexible knowledge of a variety of procedures, along with an ability to make critical judgments about which procedures or strategies are appropriate for use in particular situations."

12. Postsecondary:  College and Career Navigator Training Resource

Taken from LINCS Postsecondary Completion

If you are a transition counselor, success coach, or an instructor providing guidance to students preparing for college and careers, Finding True North: The Role of the Navigator is for you.

This 3-hour, self-paced course identifies the types of supports that adult learners need to be truly prepared for college and careers and introduces the core functions and responsibilities of a navigator, such as coordinating and providing services that supplement academic instruction, which have been found to aid student persistence and success. The course also introduces the core competencies of effective navigators, advising approaches and styles, and Navigator program design elements to consider.

Cynthia Zaft

13. Technology:  Integrating Problem Solving, Digital Literacy, and Access – August 13

Taken from LINCS Notice

Free Webinar

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 3:00-4:30 pm Eastern

Register now!

Integrating Problem Solving, Digital Literacy and Access into Instruction 

Hear how adult educators have been integrating digital literacy into instruction. Ideas will be shared on how to use project-based learning activities to help adult students improve their solving problems skills while offering practice with reading, writing, speaking and listening. A panel of practitioners will share their ideas on how adult learners can improve digital literacy skills and access to technology thereby accelerating learning.

Hosts: Steve Quann and Ben Bruno, LINCS Region 1 Professional Development Center, a project of World Education 

Welcome: Heidi Silver-Pacuilla, Team Leader, Applied Innovation and Improvement, Division of Adult Education and Literacy, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education 

Presenters: A panel of adult educators will share how they have implemented lesson ideas.

Pre-webinar assignment: Review Integrating Digital Literacy and Problem Solving into Instruction

14. WIOA:  Webinar - WIOA Eligible Training Provider Provisions:  The First Year – August 5

Taken from LINCS Notice

This webinar will highlight the state and local responsibilities for the first year of implementation of the Eligible Training Provider provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), as outlined in TEGL 41-14. Under both the Workforce Innovation Act (WIA) and WIOA, participants in need of training services to enhance their job readiness or career pathway may access career training through a list of state-approved training providers.

Participants can select from the list of eligible training provider (ETP) programs that meet their needs. WIOA builds upon and modifies the system in place under WIA. This webinar will highlight and clarify those changes to assist states and workforce development boards in adjusting their processes to comply with WIOA requirements. State and local staff involved in establishing criteria, approving applications, disseminating the list of approved providers, or other similar activities should join.

Please view the newly created webcast that goes in-depth on what you need to know about the Eligible Training Provider provisions for the first year.  Please share any questions you may have to and we will look to address them during the August 5th live session.

Christina Eckenroth, Lead Workforce Development Specialist, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Heather Fleck, Supervisory Workforce Analyst, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Laura Ginsburg, Team Leadership Office of Apprenticeship, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Amy Ambrose, Workforce Analyst, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Register Here


Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm


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Norene Peterson

Adult Education Center

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