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Quick Data Totals

Program Year Totals 2013-14

Number Enrolled 20,274
Attendance Hours 1,409,286
Completed Level 7,726
Completed a Level and Advance One or More Levels 6,792
Number Separated Before Completion 9,844
Remaining within Level 2,704
Percentage Completing Level 38%

Source: Office of Vocational and Adult Education. (2012, March) National Reporting System: Statistical Section, Arkansas. Retrieved from OVAE Website: view.cfm?state=IL&year=2009&tableID=4

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State NRS Structure

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  • ESL: BEST (Basic English Skills Test) Plus; BEST Literacy
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 Data Systems
  • AERIS (Adult Education Reporting Information System). AERIS is a Web-based, student-centered data management system.
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 Followup Methods
  • GED: Data Match and survey
  • Employment: Data Match and survey
  • Transition to Postsecondary Education or Training: Data Match and survey
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 Data Tools for Monitoring and Program Improvement
  • All data is entered at the local level by data entry personnel or by teachers and must first be approved by the local administrator before it is recorded in AERIS. At the state level, Tracy Andrews, the AERIS analyst, runs monthly reports of local programs' data (primarily NRS Table 4) and checks for inconsistencies or errors. Low performing programs must submit monthly reports to the state office as part of their program improvement plans. End of the year annual NRS tables are run by the state office and checked thoroughly.
  • AERIS has several error checking screens and pop-up alerts to notify data entry personnel of possible data omissions or errors, out of range values, or anomalous data. The state office runs monthly reports that are analyzed for errors. If errors or major inconsistencies are noticed, state staff contacts the local programs for corrections which must be submitted within one month according to state office policy.
  • AERIS contains an Attendance Alert Report and a Testing Alert Report. The Attendance Alert Report generates a list of students who have not attended classes, beginning the 60th day of non-attendance. The Testing Alert Report generates a list of students who have 60 or more hours of instruction and need to be posttested. Local program administrators can also run each NRS Table for the entire program, by class(es), or by teacher(s) to measure success rates of students in different ways.
  • AERIS has a built-in message screen, the state has an AERIS user listserv, and there is a distribution list of all AERIS users which give Ms. Andrews the ability to contact people on a regular basis. Users can also use the listserv to post questions. In some cases, on-site in-services are provided where programs are having special problems or there has been a turnover in data entry staff or administration.

State Tools and Resources

Arkansas Adult Learning Resource Center

Programs and People

Jim Smith, State Director
Arkansas Department of Career Education, Adult Education Division
Luther Hardin Building, 3 Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201-1083
(501) 682-1970

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.