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State directors, adult education stakeholders, and Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) staff met in August 2010 to discuss proposed changes to the National Reporting System (NRS).  Using participant input from the meeting, OCTAE decided to make changes related to reporting of the follow-up measures and to add new measures.  OCTAE presented the recommended changes for further input and comment from state directors and then submitted a revised data collection request for the changes to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Following a period of public comment in 2010, OCTAE made additional refinements and OMB approved the changes, which became effective for the Program Year that began July 1, 2012 (PY 2012).


The resources on this page help to explain the changes, which began PY 2012.

FAQs about NRS Changes for PY 2012

This is a compilation of Frequently Asked Questions asked by States about the NRS Changes for PY 2012. These questions cover changes to cohort designation and other new measures.

NRS Tips: NRS Changes for PY 2012
This NRS Tips is a quick reference tool for state staff, program directors, and adult education teachers on changes to the NRS measures and reporting that became effective in 2012.

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NRS Tips: Employment Reporting

This NRS Tips goes though the reasons for the changes to reporting entered and retained employment measures to the NRS measures, what the changes are, and examples of how the changes will work in practice.

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Summary Table for Follow-up Measures
This table outlines the collection time for core-follow-up measures by student population.

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NRS 2012 Webinar Series

To explain and discuss the changes to the NRS, the NRS support project held a series of webinars on the following dates and topics.

Overview of NRS 2012 Changes

November 22, 2011   1 - 2 PM EST

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Implementation Q&A

December 20, 2011   1 - 2 PM EST

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Sampling Procedures for the Follow-up Survey

January 12, 2012   1 - 2 PM EST

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Sample Sizes for Optimal Estimates for NRS Reporting

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NRS Discussion Forum for Estimating NRS-Defined Cohort Sizes and Performance

To assist states in estimating cohort sizes and performance targets for 2012, OCTAE offered, through the NRS support project, an online discussion space for states to present their findings and discuss issues around setting performance targets. NRS support staff and OCTAE responded to questions and moderated the forum, which operated during the month of February.

A password is required to access the online discussion space. If your state director did not receive a password, please contact

Guidance Document:

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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.