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State Allocations

History of OVAE's funding to eligible state agencies under AEFLA.

Estimated Allocation will be awarded for FY 2015 PDF (315 KB) under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), Title II of the Workforce Investment Act. These funds were made available on July 1, 2015.


The Adult Basic Education State Grant is authorized under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), Title II of the Workforce Investment Act.

OVAE Program Guidance

  • On January 13, 2015, the Department of Education published a Federal Register notice announcing a proposal to modify the learning objectives associated with each educational functioning level (EFL) identified in the National Reporting System (NRS) for adult education. You may find the Federal Register notice at this link https://federalregister.gov/a/2015-00296. There are two documents associated with this proposal. One document is the supporting statement. The other document contains the revised learning objectives, known as descriptors, associated with each EFL. The descriptors are a part of information collection OMB 1830-0027. Any member of the public is invited to comment on either or both of these documents. To view the documents and make comments, the following steps may be helpful:

    1. To view the supporting statement, click this link http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=ED-2015-ICCD-0004-0002 and then click the "Doc" button under the words "Supporting Statement Part A."
    2. To view the proposed descriptors, click this link http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=ED-2015-ICCD-0004-0003 and then click the "Doc" button under the words "Revised Educational Functioning Level Descriptors."
    3. To make a comment, click the "Comment Now" button which is located at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=ED-2015-ICCD-0004.

  • On June 23, 2014, a Joint OCTAE and Institute of Museum and Library Services Dear Colleague Letter [PDF, 534K] was released. This letter encourages stronger partnerships between adult education programs and libraries to benefit youth and adults with low skills, especially around the development of digital literacy.

  • On June 6, 2012, a Joint Department of Education and Labor Letter [PDF, 585K] was submitted to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, to present the view of the Departments on H.R. 4297, the Workforce Investment Act of 2012, as introduced by Representative Foxx, Chair of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, and Representatives McKeon and Heck. The Departments strongly opposed the bill.

  • Section 212 of AEFLA authorizes a performance accountability system for adult education. OVAE has operationalized this requirement through issuance of the NRS Implementation Guidelines.

  • OVAE issued several policy memoranda and Federal Register notices to eligible states concerning implementation of AEFLA, program administration issues, and English Literacy and Civics Education (EL/Civics) funding.

Incentive Grants

Section 503 of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) authorizes the Secretary of Labor to award incentive grants to states that exceed performance levels for programs authorized by title I of WIA and the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA). The grants are used for a variety of purposes, including adult education and literacy.


Assessment Regulations download files PDF (4.21M) issued on January 14, 2008 specify requirements for statewide assessment policies for the NRS that must contain certain elements and be submitted to and approved by OVAE each year. The regulations also describe how tests must be administered locally in order to accurately measure education gains. A current list of tests determined to be suitable for use in the NRS for adult education can be found on the Federal Register.

Last Modified: 06/23/2015