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Extension of Existing NRS Information Collection

Dear Colleagues,

I’m pleased to announce that we have published a notice in today’s Federal Register providing information about our proposal to extend and revise an existing information collection request (ICR) for the National Reporting System (NRS) for adult education.  In November 2017, the Office of Management of Budget most recently approved the ICR required by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act program (AEFLA) by approving changes that conform to the performance accountability requirements in section 116 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  We are requesting an extension of this approval with the following two modifications:

  • Revisions to Table 4 “Measurable Skill Gains by Entry Level” – In our response to public comments on March 22, 2017, we announced our intention to use the data reported by states on Table 11 of this ICR to determine whether additional types of measurable skill gain (MSG) should be identified for performance accountability.  As a result, we are proposing to add two new columns to report additional types of MSG outcomes for participants in the Integrated Education and Training program.
  • New Table 99 “Indicator Denominators for the Statewide Performance Report” – This proposed table will collect the number of participants included in the denominators for each indicator on the Statewide Performance Report (SPR).  It would be incorporated into the “Edit” screen of the NRS website’s SPR reporting grid to facilitate efficient and accurate data entry.  The data in this table would be used to automatically calculate performance for each indicator on the SPR, thereby eliminating the need to enter the rates for each indicator

These proposed revisions seek to obtain a more accurate reporting of participants served in the AEFLA program.  The ICR is available for review and comment for 60 days starting July 23, 2020.  The ICR with applicable supporting documentation may be accessed at https://beta.regulations.gov/docket/ED-2020-SCC-0117/document.  Comments must be submitted on or before September 21, 2020 and may be submitted electronically at https://beta.regulations.gov/comment/ED-2020-SCC-0117-0001

Thank you for everything you do on behalf of our students!

Best regards,

Jay LeMaster
National Reporting System for Adult Education
Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education
Washington, DC