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Montana Information

WIOA Kickoff Followup:  9/7/15

All of the presentations (apprenticeship coming soon) are on the regular DLI website .  They are under Data and Publications

1. HiSET Blast

Summary of Updates

·       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

HiSET® Program eUpdate | August 2015

Practice Tests

The HiSET® Program is pleased to announce the release of the new practice tests! The Free Practice Tests, eBooks and Official Practice Test in Language Arts — Writing, Language Arts — Reading, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies have been updated to prepare test takers for the 2016 HiSET exam. The new releases include evidence-based writing prompts, a set of a paired passages and new mathematics items. For a breakdown of the updates and how to purchase the new practice tests, please see the Quick Reference Guide (PDF).

Program Manual

The 2016 HiSET Program Manual (PDF) will be available on our Download Library on September 1, 2015. This new edition contains updates to the directions for test administration, annual test book returns and other program updates.

Preparation Documents

The 2015 Test at a Glance (TAAG) (PDF) has been updated to include more details and a new section on the College and Career Readiness Standards for the Mathematics section. This updated PDF is available on our Download Library.

The 2016 Test at a Glance (TAAG) (PDF) will be released and available on our Download Library on September 1, 2015. The new 2016 TAAG (PDF) will have College and Career Readiness Standards for Reading, Writing and Mathematics. All subtest areas have been updated to include approximate percentages and new content areas.

Writing Section

The Scored Sample Writing Response and Writing Response Scoring Guide (Rubrics) have been updated to include a new evidence-based writing prompt, a new writing sample and a new rubric and will be available on our Download Library on September 1, 2015. You can access both the Scored Sample Writing Response and Writing Response Scoring Guide (Rubrics) on our Download Library.

Sample Items

New sample items for all subtests with Depth of Knowledge levels will also be available on September 1, 2015. You can access these new sample items on our Download Library.

Expired Vouchers Policy

Organizations or individuals that have purchased vouchers have up to six months from the date of expiration to notify us that they would like to be issued new voucher numbers for those vouchers that have not been redeemed. After six months from the expiration date, the voucher will be removed and unavailable for further use. Please contact us at so we can assist you with this process.

Registering Test Takers — Important Reminder

When registering test takers, please click the submit button only ONCE. Double-clicking creates duplicate batteries and appointments in our systems.

Save the Date — ETS HiSET Conference


November 30–December 2, 2015


Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
500 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Registration is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration information will be available soon.

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:  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.


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 Moving Pathways Forward Resources

Click here to access all MPF Resources.

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 8/24/15.

4. TABE:  Participate in the TABE 11 & 12 Field Test Review

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.

Programs electing to participate will benefit in several different ways. First, they will contribute to improving the quality and development of the adult assessments they already use to effectively assess the skills and knowledge of adult learners. Second, they will gain familiarity in experiencing the new TABE forms. And finally, as a thank you for participating, both your program and students will receive monetary compensation.

Learn More 
For additional information on participating in the TABE 11&12 national field test, please fill out this brief survey. After you fill out the survey we will keep your information on file and will contact you when we are ready to begin the field test.

To access the survey, click
here »

For questions about prequalification for the field test study please contact:

Mike Johnson
National Adult Education Manager
Data Recognition Corporation | CTB

5. WIOA Update

9/7/15:  WIOA Kickoff Followup

Presentations posted on DLI website under Data and Publications.

8/24/15:  WIOA Vision Document from US Department of Education

  OCTAE Program Memorandum (OCTAE/DAEL 15-4) : Vision for the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act in the Workforce System and Initial Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; and

·        OSERS Technical Assistance Circular (RSA-TAC-15-02):  Vision for the State Rehabilitation Services Program as a Partner in the Workforce Development System under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.Back to Top.

8/13/15:  WIOA Vision for One Stop Delivery System

WIOA Montana Updates:

Click here  to access the following:

Montana WIOA:  Chunking Pertinent Information for Montana.

National Information

6. Career Pathways:  Career Pathways Toolkit - A Guide for System Development

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways

To assist in providing services to workforce system customers, the U.S. Department of Labor has released a revamped and revised “Career Pathways Toolkit: A Guide for System Development.” This new guide builds off the success of the original toolkit published in 2011 and incorporates provisions from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

The primary audience for this toolkit is persons working at the state level representing one of the core partners developing a WIOA Unified Plan.  These partners include the State Workforce Agencies, the State Adult Education Agencies, and the State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies.  The Department plans to release a companion workbook with additional tools and resources to help states and local partners develop and sustain career pathways programs, sector strategies, and registered apprenticeships.

This toolkit features six key elements for developing a comprehensive career pathways system, and includes examples from communities, a toolbox with team-building tools and resources, and 'how to' guides for carrying out related activities.

The six key elements include:

·        Building cross-agency partnerships and clarifying roles

·        Identifying industry sectors and engaging employers

·        Designing education and training programs

·        Identifying funding needs and resources

·        Aligning policies and programs

·        Measuring system change and performance

Michael Cruse

7. ESL:  Networks for Integrating New Americans Discussion

Taken from LINCS Notice

Event Title: Strengthening and Transforming ESL Programs through Community Networks

Event Type: Online Discussion

Date(s): September 28-30, 2015

Greetings members!

This month, the LINCS Community is taking an important step in helping to strengthen nationwide integration efforts for new Americans by sharing the work of World Education’s Networks for Integrating New Americans initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE).

Please join us from September 28-30, 2015, in the LINCS English Language Learners and Program Management groups, for a special Strengthening and Transforming ESL Programs through Community Networks online discussion. This online discussion will focus on:

·        How working in coalitions with community partners can advance common goals and strengthen partner organizations, and

·        How three ESL programs have been transformed by their participation in networks focused on immigrant integration.

This initiative uses organizational networks for promoting immigrant integration as a dynamic, two-way process in which immigrants and receiving societies work together to build vibrant and cohesive communities.  Its goal is to strengthen adult education programs’ role in networks to:

·        Improve immigrant access to effective and innovative English language programs;

·        Support immigrants on the path to citizenship; and

·        Support immigrant career development through training and education.

Aimed at expanding the knowledge and experience of ESL program staff and adult education program leaders that have or want to consider new possibilities for collaboration in connecting ESL instruction to adults’ broader economic, civic, and linguistic integration, this is an event you will not want to miss.

8. Program Management:  Adult Basic Skills Programs – A Crucial Tool in Fighting Poverty

Taken from LINCS Program Management

David Rosen shared the following information about the CLASP publication of Stephen Reder’s article, “Adult Basic Skills Programs:  A Crucial Tool in Fighting Poverty.

Especially appropriate for International Literacy Day this short commentary written by adult literacy researcher Stephen Reder, and published today by CLASP as part of its Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity initiative, may be eye-opening for those who work for poverty reduction and/or those who work to increase adult literacy education to help families achieve economic self-sufficiency.

… I like that Reder frames this not only to include the importance of basic skills to employment and earnings, but also that he suggests that literacy is "a connector that helps hold us together as a society" including advancing general health, trust in others, feelings of political empowerment and willingness to volunteer. 

Reder cites a recent study based on data from his longitudinal study of adult literacy that "estimated that adults who went through [adult basic skills] programs earned an average of about $10,000 more per year than they would have earned had they not gone through the programs."

He also suggests that "Innovative programs in both the public and nonprofit private sectors are exploring new ways to help adults, families, and communities move out of poverty. These include training and support for goal-setting, financial planning, “assertive engagement” in family stabilization, building “executive function” skills, family independence in economic development, and other innovations in life management. Improved basic skills will facilitate these important life management tasks that are so often needed to escape poverty and attain economic stability."

9. WIOA:  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Youth

Taken from LINCS Adult English Language Learners

More than 700,000 young immigrant Dreamers in the United States have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). But did you know that DACA recipients are eligible to participate in federally funded job training programs?

Policy guidance issued in 2014 by the US Department of Labor affirms that individuals who are work-authorized are eligible to participate in job training programs under the Workforce Investment Act (now known as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).

In this Q&A, we explain how the process works, and spotlight a nonprofit that has succeeded in helping DACA youth obtain occupational training.

Take a look – and please share this update with others who may find it useful.

10. WIOA:  Request for Comments on WIOA Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements 

Taken from LINCS Notice

The Departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development are soliciting comments concerning a collection of data that will be used for unified and combined state plans under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  The WIOA Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements is a consolidated information collection that would implement sections 102 and 103 of WIOA (P.L. 113-128). WIOA requires that, no later than March 3, 2016, each State, at a minimum, submit a Unified State Plan as a condition of receiving funds for core programs subject to the Unified State Plan requirements. In the alternative, States may submit a Combined State Plan as a condition of receiving funds under certain named programs subject to the Combined State Plan provisions. See 29 U.S.C. §§ 3112 and 3113The Unified or Combined State Plan requirements are designed to improve service integration and ensure that the publicly-funded workforce system provides a range of employment, education, training, and related services and supports to help all jobseekers secure good jobs while providing businesses with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.  To that end, the Unified or Combined State Plan would describe how the State will develop and implement a unified, integrated service delivery system rather than discuss the State’s approach to operating each program individually.

A copy of the proposed Information Collection Request with applicable supporting documentation may be accessed at by selecting Docket ID number ETA-2015-0006 or directly at!documentDetail;D=ETA-2015-0006-0002The comment period is open for 60 days and closes on October 5, 2015.  Any comments not received through the processes outlined in the Federal Register will not be considered by the departments.  Technical assistance materials will be available at

Norene Peterson

Adult Education Center

415 N. 30th Billings, MT 59101