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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.

NRS Guidelines  |  NRS eNotes   |  NRS Tips   |   NRS Training Guides   |   Other  |   Archive


NRS Guidelines

icon: PDF NRS Implementation Guidelines
icon: Word NRS Implementation Guidelines
icon: Web NRS Implementation Guidelines


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.

 

icon: Word NRS Test Benchmarks for Educational Functioning Levels (EFL)

icon: Word NRS Test Benchmarks for Educational Functioning Levels (EFL) (508 Complaint Version)
Quick reference to current test benchmarks for educational functioning levels.

(Last updated 3/30/10)

icon: Word Assessment Policy Guidance (508 Compliant)
Guidance for developing or revising your state assessment policy for DAEL. (Last updated 1/06/11)

icon: Word NRS Changes for Program Year 2005 (archived)
Summarizes changes to NRS reporting requirements for 2005.

icon: Word NRS Changes for Program Year 2006 (archived)
Summarizes changes to NRS reporting requirements for 2006.

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NRS eNotes

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 nrs@air.org.  You may also access previous NRS eNotes by clicking one of the links below.

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NRS Tips

NRS Tips is a quick reference tool for state staff, program directors, and adult education teachers. Click on one of the links below for information on a growing number of topics including:

  • Sampling

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Do you have an idea for NRS Tips? Send it to nrs@air.org

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NRS Training Guides

icon: PDF 2011 Training on Smart Fiscal Management for Adult Education Programs

 icon: Word 2011 Training on Smart Fiscal Management for Adult Education Programs (508 Compliant)

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.

icon: PDF 2009 Training on The Local Connection: Building a Data Use Learning Community

 icon: Word 2009 Training on The Local Connection (508 Compliant Version)

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.

icon: PDF 2008 Training on Building and Sustaining NRS Quality Data

 icon: Word 2008 Training on Building and Sustaining NRS Quality Data (508 Compliant Version)

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.

icon: PDF 2007 Training on Desk Monitoring

 icon: Word 2007 Training on Desk Monitoring (508 Compliant Version)

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.

icon: pdf 2006 Training on Learning to Be an NRS Data Detective

 icon: Word  2006 Training on Learning to Be an NRS Data Detective (508 Compliant Version)

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.

icon: PDF 2005 Training on Developing Report Cards

 icon: Word 2005 Training on Developing Report Cards (508 Compliant Version)

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.

icon: PDF 2004 Training on Developing an NRS Data System

 icon: Word  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.

icon: PDF 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.

icon: PDF 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.

icon: PDF 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.

 

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Other

icon: PDF NRS 2012 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. 

icon: PDF 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.

 

NRS Product Showcase

Over the last seven years, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) has developed many products and services to assist states in meeting NRS requirements. View the product showcase for an overview of these products.

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Archive

Archived documents are available upon request by sending an email to nrs@air.org with the name or description of the 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 Vocational and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education.