WIOA Reporting Changes

WIOA Summary of Changes

Participants and Reportable Individuals

What's New What's Not
  • Reportable Individual: learner with less than 12 hours of instruction
  • Participant: at least 12-hours of instruction rule

Program Entry/Exit

What's New What's Not
  • Periods of Participation (PoP): Every program entry is considered a PoP, and a participant can have multiple PoPs per program year
  • Program exit: occurs when the participant has not received services for the past 90 days and has no additional services scheduled. The date of exit is the last date on which the participant receives services
  • Participant Counted for Each PoP: participants can have multiple PoPs in a program year
  • Enrollment Across Program Years: Participants who remain continuously enrolled across program years do not need to requalify as a participant in a new program year
  • Employment Barriers and Outcomes Data: counted separately for each PoP
  • Program entry: the date on which a reportable individual enrolls in an adult education and family literacy program

Employment Performance Indicators

What's New What's Not
  • Employment Follow-up:  changed from 1st and 3rd Quarter after Exit to 2nd and 4th Quarter after Exit
  • Earnings: Median Earnings 2nd Quarter after Exit
  • Employment Follow-up: Tracking participants after exit

Measureable Skill Gains (MSG)

What's New What's Not
  • EFL Placement:
    • Any subject area can be used for initial placement; it does not need to default to the lowest subject area
    • EFL placement by assessment may be carried over from a previous PoP, in keeping with state policy and test publisher guidelines
  • Post-test: EFL gain via posttesing may be achieved in a PoP based on posttesing in a subsequent PoP, in keeping with state policy and test publisher guidelines
  • Secondary credential attainment: counts as an MSG  for all PoPs if achieved by the end of the reporting period (June 30)
  • Postsecondary Education: Entry into postsecondary education after exit is counted as an EFL gain
  • Reporting: Only one type of MSG counts per PoP
  • Pre- and posttesting and assessment procedures and policies: remain the same
  • Carnegie Units/Credits: Participants in Adult High School can complete ABE Level 5 by earning enough Carnegie Units or credits to move to 11th – or 12th – grade status according to state rule

Credential Attainment Indicator

What's New What's Not
  • Postsecondary credential indicator: attainment of a postsecondary credential  for participants coenrolled in adult education and postsecondary education within 1 year of exit
  • State-recognized secondary credential: receipt of State-recognized secondary school diploma or its equivalent during the program year or within 1 year after exit, also must have employment or entry into postsecondary programming within 1 year of exit to count


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