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Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education

September 2022
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Adult & Community Learning Services
Volume 2, Issue 008, September 2022

HSE Monthly Update

Due to the HiSET® PSI transition there will be NO HiSET® TESTING available between September 24 and October 3, 2022. This includes paper-based testing at DOC, DYS, and the county houses of correction.

Important dates for test takers to know about this transition:

  • September 22 - Final Day for test taker scheduling at;
  • September 23 - First day of test taker scheduling at;
  • September 23 - Final Day for testing and test administration at;
  • October 3 - First day of testing at

Test takers will need to create new usernames and passwords for and will receive instructions from HiSET about this process.   
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is pleased to announce that effective September 12, 2022, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will pay for a Massachusetts resident’s first GED® test in each subject plus limited retakes.

Payment of test fees will no longer be a significant barrier to candidates who were unable to attain their high school credential through traditional means.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts also accept the HiSET® exam as an assessment for high school equivalency and the Commonwealth will also be paying the test fees for this exam at a date to be announced.

Information on how to access these tests may be found at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s High School Equivalency Website:  High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing Program - Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education  or GED’s website:

Any payment of HSE exams by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is contingent on available funding.

LACES Update

Here are some updates and new features in LACES for FY23.

First, users can now send emails and text messages directly from LACES to students, staff, and tutors. Watch this video overview of this new feature: (Password: nf-MWL).

Next, did you know that student records may be imported into LACES via a .csv file with the limited information found on the student intake pages? This allows multiple student records to be created by importing rather than by entering the records manually. The Student Import process was updated in our last release to make 'Email' a required field and to add a column for 'Secondary email.' 

Third, check out the August release notes for time saving enhancements. You can now batch edit the required “Years Teaching Exp. In Adult Ed” field. You can also batch move assessments forward for selected students.

And, ICYMI, Wyvonne Stevens-Carter recently shared some good news in her August 23, 2022 memorandum outlining the FY23 desk review process.

Information for New Directors

Due to the release of the Open and Competitive Request for Proposals, ACLS will not offer an FY23 New Directors’ Orientation.  Please check out the links and reminders of what to do below.  If you are newly hired, please contact your program specialist for an orientation of the ACLS website. ACLS program specialists will continue to support you during the Open and Competitive year with any questions regarding your FY23 budget.
ACLS, in partnership with UPD Consulting, is excited to announce the return of the Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ADEI) Professional Learning Series for this academic year. This opportunity is for organizations (including leaders, instructional and support staff, and current students) that want to focus on identifying and transforming racial inequities in their adult education settings. ACLS is offering programs $1,000 per participant to support costs associated with participation.

Please see the graphic (below) for more information. If this opportunity interests you, please contact your Director or reach out to UPD at to request a link to the enrollment form. Be sure to make your request quickly.  The first session starts in October and we don’t want you to miss out!

If you are unsure of which staff can attend from your organization, please reach out to to reserve the number of spots you would like.
From ACLS’ data analyst, Brian Newquist, “Thank you to all the programs that responded to my requests that you update and verify LACES data. You improved the quality of the data that I will be submitting to the NRS at the end of the month. These federal reports showcase the student outcomes that resulted from the excellent services that you and your staff provide.”

PD Opportunities for NewsELA, Burlington English, EnGEN, AZTEC and AZTEC Spanish GED

ACLS and SABES are pleased to announce that professional development opportunities are now available to r support the use of ACLS-offered  online products.  Each product now has a dedicated section  on the SABES PSPD Center's Digital Literacy webpage, and trainings will be listed on the SABES Calendar.  ACLS will continue to allocate seats to programs, accept all requests from programs, and troubleshoot any issues with accessing the trainings.   SABES will  take on the role of scheduling, offering and promoting opportunities for trainings, and integrating the use of products into instruction.  For access and account issues please contact  If you would like to request  seats from ACLS, click here.

GED Ready™: The Official Practice Test Vouchers Available Again in FY23

If your program would benefit from these vouchers which are valid until 11/1/2023, please email to request a set of voucher codes.

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Back to School Resources
The resource lists below, arranged by content area, contain high quality professional development opportunities and tools to support both teachers new to the field of adult education and veteran teachers looking for resources to start the new school year with. Instructional Coaching
If you are looking for instructional coaching that is
  • Customized
  • Reflective
  • Purposeful and job-embedded
  • Intensive and sustained
  • Inclusive and equitable
  • On-site
Look no further! The SABES Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) PD Centers’ instructional coaches can work with you at no cost. Contact the SABES (C&I) PD Centers for more details.

What programs say about SABES instructional coaching:
“We very much appreciate the support you have given to us in helping us create/revise our scope and sequence documents, and inevitably our instruction, to be the best it can be.”
“Our ESOL teaching staff has benefitted very much from coaching provided by SABES. Our coach came to our program and provided our staff with all the materials and step by step support we needed in response to our request for a refresher of the (at the time) new MA ELPS. She coached us on how to navigate the document and work toward beginning to apply it to our existing curriculum. We appreciated the support and the reassurance that we could continue to work with SABES to meet our needs.”
“The SABES coach helped me incorporate my goals and proficiencies into my curriculum. The coach is a very seasoned professional and was a joy to work with. It was so helpful to have someone to take professional development to the next level.”
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