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Additional Assessment Information
NIFL LINCS Assessment Special Collection

Assessment refers to standardized tests, administered before and after students complete a program (pre- and posttests), used by state and local agencies to measure educational gain.

icon: PDF Federal Register Notice - NRS Assessments (August 2015)

This is the annual announcement of tests, including test forms and delivery formats, determined to be suitable for use in the NRS.

WIOA requirements for states to adopt content standards and other changes challenge adult education to develop appropriate new assessments that will take advantage of the latest technology and approaches to assessment.  Last fall, OCTAE held a meeting of assessment experts to discuss changes in assessment and this paper <Developing Next Generation Assessments for Adult Education> summarizes some of that discussion.  (October 2015)

icon: Word State Assessment Policy Guidance (508 Compliant Version)
All states must submit annually an assessment policy to DAEL that meets NRS requirements. This guide for state staff describes the key topics and information that must go into this policy. Last revised  July 20, 2016

NRS Assessment Database
The NRS Assessment Database is resource for states that includes general information about assessments that may be appropriate for adult education and English literacy students.

icon: Word State Data Systems (archived)
The State Data Systems Chart includes information shared by states about their current data systems at the 2006 NRS Summer Regional Training on the Five Sides of the NRS. Please contact state adult education staff directly with questions or comments about the information included here. (Note: The NRS does not endorse any particular data system, this information is provided voluntarily by states to share with the field.)

icon: Web NRS Implementation Guidelines Online
Learn more about NRS requirements for state assessments by reviewing "State Responsibilities in Assessing and Measuring Educational Gain."

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Archived documents are available upon request by sending an email to with the name or description of the document.

The National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS) is administered by the Division of Adult Education and Literacy in the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education.