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Using CASAS to Meet NRS Accountability Requirements

History of the National Reporting System (NRS)

The National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS) is an outcome-based reporting system for the state-administered, federally funded adult education program. The NRS began in the late 1990s, in response to the trend toward greater accountability, for both adult education and employment programs. With a system designed to demonstrate program effectiveness and improve student outcomes, the NRS provides a means of regular evaluation for adult education nationwide—for states, programs, teachers, and students.

In August 1998, the voluntary nature of the NRS changed when the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act within the Workforce Investment Act (WIA – P.L. 105-220) became law. Mandatory statewide implementation of NRS began in 1999. In 2000 states began submitting their student and program outcomes to the NRS. For more information about the history of the NRS, click here.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014, and supercedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. This Act brings together the core programs of the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Education (ED) to help youth and adult job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market. It also works to match employers with the skilled workers needed to compete in the global economy. For an overview of WIOA, click here.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires states to align workforce development programs, to promote accountability and transparency, to foster regional collaboration, to improve the American Job Center (AJC) system, and to improve services to employers, and promote work-based training. WIOA also requires states to provide access to training, to enhance services for the unemployed and other job seekers, to improve services to individuals with disabilities, to provide services to disconnected youth and other vulnerable populations, to enhance Job Corps programs, and to streamline and strengthen strategic roles of Workforce Development Boards (WDB).

Components of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires core programs to report on common performance indicators, to measure and report worker and student progress, and to evaluate program and service effectiveness. Core programs services use standardized assessments to collect and report student and client learning gains data. This process ensures accurate and consistent monitoring of program results among programs and agencies and provides baseline data needed to document improvements in literacy skills. CASAS tests meet these requirements and correlate with the Educational Functioning Level definitions used in the NRS.

Resources

Resources to help you learn more about the National Reporting System (NRS):

  • Check out the official NRS website, www.nrsweb.org
  • Click here for the official Technical Assistance Guide for Performance Accountability under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
Resources to help you learn more about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
  • Access the Web page on the U.S. Department of Labor Web site that describes the
    Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
  • Click here for a text copy of the WOIA law.

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