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HiSET Practice Exam – Science

HiSET is joining the GED as an alternative pathway to a K12 degree in Minnesota. This link provides students with an opportunity to assess their science knowledge prior to taking the HiSET exam.

ELA Speaking & Listening Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate knowledge in rhetorical analysis of a speech. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Statistics & Probability Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate knowledge in statistics & probability. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Number Sense Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate knowledge in number sense. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Geometry Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate knowledge in geometry. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Algebra Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate knowledge in algebra. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Adult ELL Pathway to Literacy

Find the Adult ELL Pathway to Literacy curriculum and online assessment tools here. These resources were developed by a team of literacy level teachers, and piloted with in-person and online classes of literacy level learners.

Physical Science Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma competencies in Physical Science. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Nature of Science & Engineering Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma competencies in Nature of Science & Engineering. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Life Science Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma competencies in Life Science. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Earth & Space Science Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma competencies in Earth & Space Science. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

U.S. Government Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma compentencies in U.S. Government. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Geography Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma compentencies in Geography. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

History Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma competencies in History. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Economics Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma competencies in Economics. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Rubrics for Providing Writing Feedback

These two rubrics were created by Stephanie Sommers, Writing Curriculum Team Lead with Minneapolis Adult Education. They are examples of single point rubrics, a format with "at target" expectations in a middle column, a blank column to the left for "below target," and another blank column to the right for "above target." This provides students with specific and valuable teacher feedback for improving their performance.

Implicit Bias Test

The Implicit Association Test (IAT) is an initiative of Project Implicit, an international nonprofit collaborative that researches "thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control." The IAT consists of a series of tests that can be taken to measure personal attitudes on race, religion, gender and sexual identity, ability, age, etc., as a first step towards addressing implicit bias.

Anti-Racist Educator Self-Examination and Questionnaire

This working document is intended be used as a tool for educators to reflect on their own pedagogical assumptions, biases, backgrounds, and preconceived notions, with a view to enabling teachers to intentionally create anti-racist classes.

e-Diagnostic Reading Assessment (DRA) Processes and Scoring for Teachers and Testers

A PDF companion to the other e-DRA slides and documents that: (1) outlines standard testing processes step-by-step, (2) supports accurate scoring and determination of Grade, Mastery, and Instructional Levels, and (3) provides text-dependent comprehension questions.

Comprehension Interview

The Comprehension Interview is an informal tool for asking students about their reading habits, content choices, and use of strategies before, during, or after reading. Although optional, it does inform which strategies need to be taught during limited instructional time.

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What Caused the Tiger Salamanders to Disappear

This unit focuses on the disappearance of tiger salamanders from a vernal pool (where salamanders breed). This curriculum, originally adapted for EL learners at a 5th grade reading level, has nine weeks of life science curriculum material. The curriculum was developed by the NYU SAIL research lab, who was awarded a design badge by the Next Generation Science Standards for high quality curricula. It has activities that are designed to cultivate scientific literacy skills alongside building content.

MN Building Success – An Overview of Establishing a HiSET Test Center

In this webinar, led by HiSET Adult Education Manager Tess Yuirk on February 12, 2024, participants looked at testing modalities for student testing, discussed the reasons for test center set-up, looked at the types of test centers, and walked through the process of setting up a test center.

HiSET Practice Exam – Science

HiSET is joining the GED as an alternative pathway to a K12 degree in Minnesota. This link provides students with an opportunity to assess their science knowledge prior to taking the HiSET exam.

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MN ABE YouTube Channel

The MN ABE YouTube Channel is a free online PD resource that you can use to explore teaching techniques and classroom ideas in action! Find out more in this MN ABE Connect newsletter article.

Upcoming ABE Events

February 26, 2024 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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Volunteer Core Training Module 4: Instructional Best Practices: Working with Materials

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Registration Deadline: MON. 2/26/24 Participants will engage in a couple of classroom activities to experience scaffolding, checking comprehension and the gradual release of responsibility. These aspects of teaching and tutoring are then defined, explained further and participants get opportunities to practice them. Learn More

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February 27, 2024 12:30 pm–1:15 pm
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Burlington English Lunch and Learn: Xue’s Office Hour

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 2/27/24 You will be able to join Xue’s open office hour to come with any questions or issues that you have. If you need help with a technical issue,… Learn More

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February 27, 2024 1:30 pm–2:30 pm
Minnesota Department of Education
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HSE Testing Coffee Talk Series

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Registration Deadline: Register up to the date of each Coffee Talk. This past year, we have added a new option to our testing services, making us a two-test state. We have had and continue to need help with connectivity issues, online proctoring, scheduling availability, student identifications, accommodation issues,… Learn More

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