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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 . 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 download files PDF (112 KB) 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 on October 16, 2017. The financial reports, narrative report, and assessment policy are due on December 31, 2017. 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.

Last Modified: 03/20/2018