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Making NRS Work focuses on the elements of the reporting system. These include:

  • Collection of quality data
  • Development of an effective data system
  • Successful use of data for program improvement
  • Monitoring program effectiveness
  • Student assessment

Data Quality

Data Quality refers to the collection of relevant, accurate data that can help program staff answer questions about recruitment, retention and the effectiveness of their programs and components.

Data Systems

Data Systems are individual student record systems that states use to maintain their data for reporting to the NRS.

Data Use

Data Use is the understanding and application of data to make decisions on program management and improvement.

Program Monitoring

Program Monitoring examines programs and reviews performance data to evaluate the efficacy of the program and identify areas in need of improvement.


Assessment refers to standardized tests, administered before and after students complete a program (pre- and posttests), used by state and local agencies to measure educational gain.

Promising Practices

Promising Practices are strategies for making the best use of data to help improve state programs.

Additional Information
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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.