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State Allocations

History of OCTAE'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 Innovation and Opportunity Act or 2014. 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 Innovation and Opportunity Act.

OCTAE Program Guidance and Policy Memoranda

  • On August 18, 2015, the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education released a program memorandum entitled Vision for the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act in the Workforce System and Initial Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act [PDF 118KB]. The program memorandum provides a framework to support implementation activities and recommended actions states should undertake to help realize the vision for AEFLA under WIOA.

  • 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. OCTAE has operationalized this requirement through issuance of the NRS Implementation Guidelines.

  • OCTAE 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. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, signed into law on July 22, 2014, revises and reauthorizes the WIA, including the repeal of incentive grants. Thus, awards funded for Program Year 2013 performance were the final year of incentive grant awards to states.


download files Assessment Regulations [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 OCTAE 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: 10/19/2015