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The National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS) is an outcome-based reporting 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. The project is being conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Washington, DC. An NRS technical working group provides guidance to DAEL on NRS policy and projects designed to improve the use of NRS data.

The NRS Implementation Guidelines and related technical assistance documents assist State and local education staff in implementing and managing adult education program accountability systems. The NRS Implementation Guidelines, the core of the NRS, may be downloaded for printing or viewed online in a searchable format. Additional information on changes to NRS implementation, policies, and follow-up measures can be found at the NRS technical assistance web site.

Regulations (73 FR 2315, Jan. 14, 2008, as amended at 81 FR 55551, Aug. 19, 2016) specify requirements for statewide assessment policies that must 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.

Annual State Reporting Requirements

The National Reporting System (NRS) for Adult Education and Literacy 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 Investment Act (WIA). OCTAE issues guidance on annual reporting requirements download files PDF (180KB) to eligible state agencies by October 1 each year. All reports must be submitted by December 31. Eligible state agencies utilize the online NRS data system to comply with annual reporting requirements which include:

  • Financial Reports
  • NRS Statistical Tables
  • Narrative Report
  • Assessment Policy
  • Data Quality Checklist

The public may view state and national data in the NRS data system. 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.

Last Modified: 10/02/2017