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The National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS) is an outcome-based accountability system for the State-administered, federally funded adult education program. Developed by the U.S. Department of Education's Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL), the NRS continues a cooperative process through which State adult education directors and DAEL manage a reporting system that demonstrates learner outcomes for adult education. An NRS technical working group provides guidance to DAEL on NRS policy and projects designed to improve the use of NRS data.

The NRS TA Guide and related technical assistance documents are available at the NRS technical assistance web site assist State and local education staff in implementing and managing adult education program accountability systems.

Regulations (81 FR 55551) specify the requirements for statewide assessment policies that must be submitted annually to OCTAE for review and approval. The regulations also describe how tests must be administered locally in order to accurately measure educational gain. A current notice of tests determined to be suitable for use in the NRS for adult education can be found in the Federal Register.


Annual State Reporting Requirements

The online NRS database is a performance and financial reporting system designed to collect aggregate statewide data from formula grantees on an annual basis. It reflects the requirements of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). OCTAE provides technical assistance on reporting requirements to eligible state agencies on an annual basis. Eligible state agencies utilize the online NRS database to comply with annual reporting requirements which include:

  • Statistical performance reports
  • Data quality checklist
  • Federal financial reports
  • Narrative Report
  • Assessment Policy

The statistical performance reports and the data quality checklist are due annually on October 1. The financial reports, narrative report, and assessment policy are due annually on December 31. The public may view state and national performance data and financial reports in the online NRS database. To log into the system as a public user, select the green "HERE" box. All statistical performance reports for individual states are available, by program year, at the "Statistical Section" link. Financial reports from states can be accessed through the "Financial Section" link. Additionally, annual narrative reports for individual states can be retrieved through the "Narrative Section" link. The public may view national data in the NRS data system by selecting the "Statistical Section" link, the green "Reports" tab, and running aggregate NRS tables and reports.

WIOA Program Year 2016–17 Statewide Performance Reports New

Section 116(d)(2) of WIOA requires States to submit an annual performance report, including information on levels of performance achieved with respect to the primary indicators of performance. For Program Year 2016–17, AEFLA programs reported outcomes for the Measurable Skill Gains (MSG) indicator, as this was the only primary indicator of performance under section 116(b)(2) for which data were available in the first year of WIOA performance reporting. The Statewide Performance Reports for each State and outlying area, as well as a link to the national summary report, can be found below. Also included is a link to the Statewide Performance Reports page at the U.S. Department of Labor. To assist in understanding the reports, the “WIOA Statewide Performance Report Specifications” document link provides plain text explanations of the report elements.

Statewide Performance Reports by State for the Adult Education Program, WIOA Title II New

Last Modified: 06/27/2018