The following is a list of NRS and other publications on adult education by staff members of the American Institutes for Research. You may download PDF versions of all documents.
OMB Number 1830-0027, Revised October 2012
This document outlines the history and overview of the NRS, provides definitions of core and secondary measures; describes the NRS data flow process; provides guidance on data collection, data matching and quality control; and discusses NRS reporting requirements.
NRS Test Benchmarks for Educational Functioning Levels (EFL) (updated February 2015)
508 Compliant Version
Quick reference to current test benchmarks for educational functioning levels.
(Last updated July 2014)
Assessment Policy Guidance (508 Compliant)
Guidance for developing or revising your state assessment policy for DAEL. (Last updated 11/06/15)
NRS Changes for Program Year 2005 (archived)
Summarizes changes to NRS reporting requirements for 2005.
NRS Changes for Program Year 2006 (archived)
Summarizes changes to NRS reporting requirements for 2006.
NRS eNotes highlights additions and attractions of the NRSWebsite, as well as inform you of any upcoming events. The publication is disributed to adult education staff by e-mail every month or two. Sign up to receive NRS eNotes in your inbox by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also access previous NRS eNotes by clicking one of the links below.
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Authors: Larry Condelli, Dahlia Shaewitz, Amanda Duffy, Marcela Movit, David HOllender
Release Date: May 2014
In revisiting data quality, this guide offers new approaches and tools to identify and prevent data quality problems. It introduces a local data quality checklist, modeled after OCTAE's state checklist, which states can use to understand and evaluate local data collection practices. This guide also brings together previously developed material on improving data quality into a single resource, a data quality toolkit that permits easy access to this content, to support ongoing state and local training around data quality practices.
Authors: Larry Condelli, Dahlia Shaewitz, and Mary Ann Corley
Release Date: June 2011
This guide assists states to implement NRS requirements, improve data quality, and use NRS data to promote program improvement. This guide focuses on fiscal management, but it maintains the goal of improving state data quality—in this case financial data—for NRS reporting. This guide is designed to support national training on fiscal management of the adult education program conducted in June 2011 and accompanying materials.
Authors: Larry Condelli, Natalia Pane, Dahlia Shaewitz, Mary Ann Corley, David Hollender, Delphinia Brown, Greta Colombi, Marcela Movit
Release Date: July 2009
This guide uses a “community of learners” model as an organizing framework to promote data use, foster communication on data, and sustain a culture of data use at the local level. Provided in the guide are specific strategies for increasing motivation among program staff to use data.
Authors: Larry Condelli, Dahlia Shaewitz, Greta Colombi, Steve Coleman, and Natalia Pane
Release Date: June 2008
This guide helps meet the need for continuous training by providing a basic summary of the NRS and clarifying NRS requirements. The guide also offers a new look at basic issues for NRS veterans and returns to the fundamental concepts—building quality data and using data for program improvement—that were the subject of previous guides.
Authors: Larry Condelli, Steve Coleman, and Dahlia Shaewitz
Release Date: May 2007
This guide introduces desk monitoring and its essential elements, and lays out how to plan, implement, and use desk monitoring.
Authors: Larry Condelli, Natalia Pane, Steve Coleman, Dahlia Shaewitz, and David Hollender
Release Date: June 2006
This guide focuses on five sides to making NRS work: two foundational elements that must be in place to collect and use data (data collection policies and procedures and a state data system) and policies and procedures in three areas (assessment, goal setting, and follow-up measures) for collecting NRS core outcomes.
Author: Larry Condelli
Release Date: August 2005
This guide provides an explanation of the purpose of report cards and their use for accountability, as well as instructions in how to develop report cards.
2004 Training on Developing an NRS Data System (508 Compliant Version)
Authors: David Hollender
Release Date: June 2004
This guide is designed to help state and local adult education staff make informed decisions on the design and development of a data system. It outlines a process for identifying requirements that reflects the range of needs from functional and operational perspectives.
2004 Training on NRS Data Monitoring for Program Improvement (archived)
Author: Larry Condelli, Peggy Seufert, and Steve Coleman
Release Date: April 2004
This workshop is the fourth in a training series designed to promote the quality and use of data collected under the NRS. The goal of the workshop is to provide training to State staff on how to meet requirements to set local program performance standards, and how to better monitor and continuously improve their local programs using NRS data.
2003 Training on Using Data (archived)
Authors: Larry Condelli and Aashti Zaidi
Release Date: May 2003
In addition to explaining basic concepts and issues about data, this guide also includes a framework and model for using NRS data for program management and improvement.
2002 Guidance and Training on Data Quality (archived)
Authors: Larry Condelli, Laura Castillo, Mary Seburn, and Jon Deveaux
Release Date: August 2002
The purpose of this guide is to provide practical, easy to understand information and materials for state and local staff that clarify the data collection process and explain NRS procedures for ensuring the collection of quality data.
NRS 2015 Brochure of Online Courses
The NRS project has created a brochure detailing available online training courses, including a description and time commitment for each course, frequently asked questions, and details of how to register.
NRS Annual Report, 2007-2008 (archived)
The report provides an overview of the project activities performed in fiscal year 2007-2008, such as Trainings, Technical Assistance, Data Collection and Analysis, Assessment, and Communication and Dissemination.
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