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2003 Training on Using Data

NRS program and performance data can provide valuable information to Local programs and others involved in program management and improvement. In March and April 2003, the American Institutes for Research conducted train-the-trainer workshops on Using NRS Data for Program Management and Improvement. State teams from 43 States attended these training events that offered a model for using NRS data, as well as ideas on data presentation and analysis and how effective use of data can shape program practices and policies.

NRS Guide

  • The Using NRS Data for Program Management and Improvementguide presents basic information about the nature of data and how to use it from the point of view of local program staff. It assumes little or no knowledge of data use, although it also includes more advanced information. The guide illustrates key concepts using examples and data from states and local adult education programs.

Facilitation & Professional Development Materials

  • The purpose of this professional development sequence is to help state and local literacy program personnel learn to use data to guide them in making information-driven decisions about program management and improvement. This two-part professional development sequence focuses on data use in three areas: program accountability, learner retention, and learning gains.

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.