In this NRS Tips, we will describe some of the benefits of and elements necessary to create a quality longitudinal data system.
 

Understanding your students is key to providing effective instruction and services.

Can your data system answer the following questions?

  • What is the relationship between intensity of instruction, length of time in adult education, and educational gain?
  • How long do students typically stay in adult education?
  • For students who withdraw from adult education programs, how many re-enroll and how long is the gap between withdrawal and re-enrollment?
  • What characteristics (e.g., age, educational functioning level at entry, program type) distinguish students who stay 1 year or more from those who stay for shorter periods?

The National Reporting System (NRS) is the accountability system for the federally funded, State-administered adult education program. It addresses the accountability requirements of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Title II of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA-P.L. 105-220). NRS Tips is a new quick reference tool for state directors, program directors and adult education teachers.

NRS Tips are written and produced by the staff at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), a non-profit research and policy organization (see www.air.org). AIR is under contract with the Division of Adult Educational and Literacy (DAEL) of the U.S. Department of Education. Visit nresweb.org for information on a growing number of topics. Do you have an idea for NRS Tips? Send it to nrs@air.org.