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Quick Data Totals

Program Year Totals 2011

Number Enrolled 10,921
Attendance Hours 842,290
Completed Level 3,213
Completed a Level and Advance One or More Levels 1,521
Number Separated Before Completion 2,180
Remaining within Level 5,528
Percentage Completing Level 29%

Source: Office of Vocational and Adult Education. (2012, March) National Reporting System: Statistical Section, Iowa. Retrieved from OVAE Website:

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State NRS Structure

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  • ABE: CASAS ECS Reading and Math;Forms 11-18, CASAS Life Skills Reading; Math and Listening;Forms 27-38; CASAS Life and Work;Forms 81-188
  • ESL: CASAS Life and Work;Forms 81-188
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 Data Systems
  • Tracking of Programs and Students (TOPSpro)
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 Followup Methods
  • GED: Data Match
  • Employment: Data Match
  • Transition to Postsecondary Education or Training: Data Match
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 Data Tools for Monitoring and Program Improvement
    • The TOPSpro software (Iowa's NRS based electronic reporting system) has several edit checks built into the software to ensure data integrity, accuracy, and reliability. In addition, state staff generate selected reports to check for anomalies and incomplete data.
    • The TOPSpro software is regularly updated by CASAS with releases of updated versions. The updated versions contain on-line instructions. Required fields must be completed in order for calculation of federal tables.

State Tools and Resources

Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Prep

Programs and People

Alex Harris, Adult Education Program Consultant
State Director for Adult Education
Division of Community Colleges
Bureau of Adult, Career, and Community College Education
Iowa Dept. of Education
Grimes State Office Building
400 E. 14th St.,
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146
515-281-3640 (Office)
515-281-6544 (fax)


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.