NRS History

NRS History


  • The NRS was revised to conform to WIOA in 2016. There are now uniform definitions for all partner programs.


  • The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed by President Obama on July 22, 2014 and replaces the Workforce Investment Act.


  • States began submitting their student and program outcomes to DAEL.


  • Implementation of the NRS started.


  • The NRS was developed and became mandatory after the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) was enacted on August 7, 1998.


  • As a result of the March 1996 DAEL meeting, development of the NRS formerly began in October 1997.


  • At the national DAEL meeting in March 1996, adult education stakeholders validated the framework and identified outcome measures for a new national reporting system for adult education (NRS).


  • Citing a lack of data on program effectiveness, the adult education program was threatened with integration into a general system of workforce development. In response, state directors of adult education asked the Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL) to develop a national system for collecting data on adult education student outcomes.


  • The Government Performance and Review Act (GPRA) required that all Federal agencies develop strategic plans to demonstrate that they are reaching their goals for federal programs, including adult education programs.


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