This edition of NRS Tips outlines a process to plan and build a successful data system.

You can follow these steps to assure the quality of your NRS data system:

  • Requirements Analysis
  • Communicate Needs
  • Buy or Build System
  • Test
  • Rollout

The National Reporting System (NRS) is the accountability system for the federally funded, State-administered adult education program. It addresses the accountability requirements of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Title II of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA-P.L. 105-220). NRS Tips is a new quick reference tool for state directors, program directors and adult education teachers.

NRS Tips are written and produced by the staff at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), a non-profit research and policy organization (see AIR is under contract with the Division of Adult Educational and Literacy (DAEL) of the U.S. Department of Education. Visit for information on a growing number of topics. Do you have an idea for NRS Tips? Send it to