May 13, 2013
Vol. 4, No. 10
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New High School Equivalency Assessment Launched


CTB/McGraw-Hill, the nation's leading provider of assessments for the adult education market, formally introduced the Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ (TASC™) External link opens in new window or tab, a Common Core-aligned high school equivalency assessment targeted to the more than 40 million adults in the U.S. without a high school degree or equivalency.

"CTB's launch of the TASC™ addresses the interest of many states in a new, affordable high school equivalency assessment that is widely accessible to adult learners and provides options for how the exam is administered," CTB/McGraw-Hill said in a media release. "The TASC™, which will be available as a paper-and-pencil exam as well as online, will provide flexibility for test takers and allow states to phase in computer-based testing at a pace that meets their students' needs."

California Department of Education will be holding public hearings on changes to equivalency test regulations on Tuesday, May 14.


OTAC and TIMAC Applications Now Open

Adult Education Students Succeed

OTAN's two popular academies are opening their doors to teacher candidates for 10 spots each for the 2013-14 school year. These year-long professional development projects support adult education agency efforts to implement the effective use of technology and online instructional delivery with the goal of improving student learning outcomes.

The Online Teaching Academy (OTAC) was initiated in 2010 to meet the growing need for professional development to implement online and blended instruction. Participant projects can include complete stand-alone courses, supplemental materials to support classroom instruction or support for an existing online curriculum such as GED Connection or USA Learns. Participants learn how to use Moodle, an online learning management system, as a platform for content delivery. They are also introduced to effective practices in online teaching and learning. Read more about OTAC application process and apply by June 30, 2013.

The Technology Integration Mentor Academy (TIMAC) is entering its ninth year and continues to focus on integrating technology into classroom instruction. Popular topics this year were increased effective use of interactive whiteboards and document cameras, and using software effectively, whether computer- or internet-based. TIMAC participants have also been creating Web-based resources such as Web sites, wikis, blogs, and social networks to extend learning beyond the classroom. We encourage you to read more about TIMAC requirements and apply online by June 30, 2013.



Find and register for training throughout California and conferences throughout the USA at the California Adult Education and Professional Development Web site External link opens in new window or tab.

The workshops listed below are subject to change.

Online Workshops

Moodle v2: Customizing Your Course and Grade Book
with Blair Roy
May 15, 2013 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Moodle v2: Using the Lesson Activity
with Blair Roy
May 22, 2013 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Teaching Critical Thinking for the Internet
with Branka Marceta
May 29, 2013 – 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Plus more than 30 additional Online Workshops are scheduled for June 17-28. See them all and register at the California Adult Education and Professional Development Web site External link opens in new window or tab.

Face-to-Face Workshops

To schedule a workshop for the 2012-13 school year contact Linda Swanson at 800-894-3113 or

Online Documents & Tools - Create and Share on the Cloud!
May 17, 2013 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Petaluma Adult Learning Center

Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part II
May 31, 2013 – 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Torrance Adult School - Griffith Adult Education Center

Online Documents - Create and Share on the Cloud! Series II
Aug. 22, 2013 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Petaluma Adult Learning Center

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