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2005 Summer Institute – Demonstrating Results: Developing State and Local Report Cards for Adult Education

The 2005 Summer Institute focused on the development of State and Local report cards for accountability. Selected states that completed the training will put to use the State and Local report cards they developed within the next year.

Examples of State and Local report cards will be linked to this website as they are disseminated publicly and shared with the U.S. Department of Education.

The 2005 Summer Institute materials include a Guide, Excel spreadsheets in which to collect specific data related to performance measures and other data collected by states, a PowerPoint presentation and corresponding handouts and materials used at the training to aid states in a step-by-step development of their report cards, report card templates, and other resources and reference materials. Below you will find an outline of the materials that were distributed at the training in the form of a separate guide and notebook.

All documents for this training have been archived and are available upon request by sending an email to nrs@air.org.


NRS Guide

  • 1. Guide – Demonstrating Results: Developing State and Local Report Cards for Adult Education
    This guide provides an explanation of the purpose of report cards and their use for accountability, as well as instructions in how to develop report cards.


Facilitation & Professional Development Materials

  • 2. Presentation and Handouts from the 2005 Summer Institute
    The PowerPoint slides and corresponding handouts follow the instructions of the Guide and will enable the user to identify and develop essential elements of report cards, create a rubric for evaluating performance, and develop a dissemination plan.


Training Tools

  • 3. Excel spreadsheets for collecting State and Local data.
    The Excel spreadsheets were distributed to states prior to the training to ensure that data would be available to them at the training. The first spreadsheet may be used to collect State data and the second may be used to collect Local data. Note: data used for accountability in report cards may include any data the State or Local program collects; however, all report cards must include the 4 performance measures regardless of other information selected.

  • 4. Report Card Templates, User Guide, Navigating Techniques
    Five separate report card templates were developed for the training:
    • State Trends Report Card (focuses on data trends over several years in the state)
    • State Comparison Report Card (focuses on data comparisons across programs or between the State and Federal programs)
    • Local Trends Report Card (focuses on data trends over several years for that Local program)
    • Local Comparison Report Card (focuses on data comparisons between the program and State, between programs within the State, or between the Local, State, and Federal programs)
    • Local Extended Report Card (this extended version in a tri-fold format allows more space to include graphs and text in the report card)

    In addition, a User Guide has been developed to provide technical assistance in creating charts and graphs from the data entered into the Excel spreadsheets as noted above. A Navigating Techniques document is also included to provide detailed formatting and style information about the report card templates and to aid developers as they make changes to the templates. Review the User Guide and Navigating Techniques documents prior to starting work to revise the templates.

    Review the User Guide and Navigating Techniques documents (both archived) prior to revising the templates.


Additional Materials

  • 5. Other Sample State Report Cards and Resources
    The chart below lists several actual State report cards used in the K-12 system, one performance report, and one in-use template. Web site links to all these documents are included in the chart as well.


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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.