WIOA guidelines and their impact on NEDP

August 9, 2017

SED has recently received inquiries regarding new WIOA guidelines and their impact on NEDP. The following information is intended to provide clarification and impacts only those programs funded under WIOA, WEP, or EPE. ALE funded programs are not held to the same performance standards

  • As in the past, under NRS policy, if a client has fewer than 12 contact hours, the client may be exited and are NOT counted in any NRS calculations. Clients with 12 contact hours or more are considered participants, and should earn contact hours at least ONCE every 90 days (virtually or face-to-face), or they will be automatically exited. If the hours are earned electronically, there must be evidence of the work they have completed. If the hours are earned face-to-face, an attendance sheet must be maintained by the program.
  • Administration of the TABE post-test is encouraged to show educational gain (and may be administered every 30 to 40 hours). If the participant does not earn a high school equivalency (HSE) diploma during any given fiscal year, a post-test at the end of that fiscal year, while not required, may be encouraged by your program manager to assure a positive impact on the program's post-test rate.
  • Once a client earns an HSE diploma, the diploma is counted as Measurable Skill Gain (MSG) in all POPs the participant has achieved in a given fiscal year.
  • If a client has 12 contact hours or more, and there is an indication that they may not persist in NEDP, the program may choose to post-test on TABE to show educational gain. As in the past, the client only needs to test on the lowest scored pre-test (Reading or Math).
  • If a client post-test’s and falls below an NRS Level 5, there is no consequence. The client may continue with NEDP providing there is a record of a TABE assessment with scores at NRS Level 5 or higher in ASISTS.