Adult Education for Success

The National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS) is the accountability system for the Federally funded adult education program, authorized by Section 212 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The NRS includes the WIOA primary indicators of performance, measures that describe adult education students and their program participation, methodologies for collecting performance data, and program reporting procedures.

Learn more about the NRS, adult education data management, ways to use data to improve adult learning opportunities, and training and technical assistance that are available to states.

Explore the NRS Support Project

Supporting Accountability in Adult Education: The National Reporting System Support Project Annual Report October 2016–March 2018 (PDF, 1,025kb) Download/Learn More

Training and Online Materials

The NRS provides technical assistance and training to States in ways that best meet the needs of State and Local program providers to improve data quality, increase data use for program development, develop data systems, and more. Select one of the topic areas (icons) below to learn more. 


Explore featured resources related to WIOA and the NRS including: state guidance, reporting, LEAP training materials, and external WIOA resources.

NRS Technical Assistance (TA) Guide

WIOA and NRS Resources

LEAP: NRS Training on WIOA 2016

WIOA Summary of Changes

WIOA Joint Participant Individual Record Layout (PIRL)


NRSTips: Collecting Data for Post-Exit Indicators in Practice. Under WIOA, adult education programs must collect data on program participants after program exit for each performance indicator. This NRSTips provides examples of successful strategies from one local program and one state for collecting required data on two performance indicators—credential attainment and employment. Learn more

Data Flow Workbook. The new Data Flow Workbook will help you through the process of creating a graphical flowchart to document and communicate your state’s needs and challenges for obtaining and using data. Learn more

NRSTips: Tracking Students Over Time. This NRS Tips will help you better understand the WIOA requirements related to following up with students after they exit, and includes guidelines and describes primary methods for tracking students’ outcomes. Learn more

Updated NRS TA Guide. The NRS TA Guide has been updated with revised financial forms and revised survey. Learn more