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July 26 -- The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), Department of Education (ED), invites comments by September 25, 2023 regarding Measures and Methods for the National Reporting System for Adult Education.

Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA – P.L. 113-128), entitled the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), was enacted on July 22, 2014. AEFLA creates a partnership among the Federal government, States, and localities to provide, on a voluntary basis, adult education and literacy services. Section 116 of WIOA requires States and Local Areas that operate the six core programs of the workforce development system to comply with common performance accountability requirements for those programs. . . . In June 2016, DOL and ED released an information collection request (ICR) – the WIOA Joint Performance Accountability Information and Reporting System (WIOA Joint Performance ICR), as required by section 116(d) of WIOA (29 U.S.C. § 3141(d)), which included the WIOA Annual Statewide Performance Report jointly developed by ED and DOL (Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control No. 1205-0526). This vehicle facilitates State and local collection and reporting of common performance data with respect to the core programs, consistent with the requirements of section 116 of WIOA.

In addition to the WIOA Joint Performance ICR, ED’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) modified its previously-approved ICR, used by States for performance reporting under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) through the National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS), as a non-substantive change package to conform to the performance accountability requirements under WIOA. The NRS ICR (OMB Control No. 1830- 0027) obtains aggregate data annually from States using a set of instruments developed by ED. For purposes of the AEFLA program, States are required to complete and submit annually to OCTAE the WIOA Annual Statewide Performance Report and the Measurable Skill Gains Report of the Joint Performance ICR and the aggregate performance data tables, data quality checklist, narrative report, and financial reports of the NRS ICR under OMB Control No. 1830- 0027.

The respondents are the 57 states/outlying areas that receive adult education state grant funds under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA). The information collected is the states' annual performance report. OCTAE will use the data to ensure that states meet the performance accountability requirements of AEFLA.
NRS: https://nrs.ed.gov/
Draft data collection instruments and technical documentation: https://www.regulations.gov/docket/ED-2023-SCC-0141/document
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2023-15761

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