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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Implementation  |  DC Data Vault  |  Grants  |  National Reporting System Data  |  Policies and Procedures  |  Guidance Letter(s)  |  Assessment  |  Technical Assistance  |  Monitoring  |  Resources


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Implementation

WIOA requires many agencies to work together on implementation to bring to fruition the vision of the DC WIOA Unified State Plan, Section II, (B)(1) to ensure that:

  • Every DC resident is ready, able, and empowered to discover and attain their fullest potential through lifelong learning, sustained employment, and economic security.
  • Businesses are connected to the skilled DC residents they need to compete globally, are full participants in the workforce system, and are able to drive the District’s economic growth.
  • Residents and businesses in all eight wards are supported by a system that includes coordinated, cohesive, and integrated government agencies and partners working to help communities thrive.

The Mayor, the Workforce Investment Council, and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Core Partner Agencies, including the Department of Employment Services (DOES, Titles I and III), Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Adult and Family Education (OSSE, Title II), and Department on Disability Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration (DDS/RSA, Title IV), are working in collaboration with the Department of Human Services (DHS), the University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC) and other stakeholders.

OSSE’s authority for administering the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) grant is the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Title II - Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 – Public Law 113-128. You can review the District of Columbia’s Unified WIOA State Plan.

DC Data Vault

The DC Data Vault is a transactional data system that helps the District to focus on better serving customers by dramatically improving interagency collaboration. WIOA core partner agencies including the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Department of Employment Services, Department on Disability Services/Rehabilitation Services Administration, and Department of Human Services are working together to use the DC Data Vault.

The DC Data Vault

  1. Facilitates the referral of District residents to and from agencies for services;
  2. Allows staff to schedule and register customers for assessments;
  3. Filters programs based on customer interests, preferences and needs;
  4. Links customers to programs and monitor their receipt of services;
  5. Allows staff to upload, maintain and share customer eligibility documents;
  6. Provides access to customer information and notifications to key staff;
  7. Generates customer profile;
  8. Tracks customer progress and outcomes; and
  9. Facilitates cross agency communication and collaboration for services for District residents.

The DC Data Vault is managed by OSSE in collaboration with Literacy Pro Systems, Inc. (the developer of the AFE’s management information system – LACES (Literacy Adult Community Education System). Please see the DC Data Vault Standard Operating Procedures.

Grants

AFE is responsible for administering the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) grant, a federal initiative authorized by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Title II - Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 – Public Law 113-128. The AEFLA grant program is also supported with a match of local funds, as required by Title II, Section 222(b) of WIOA.

OSSE awards, on a competitive basis, multi-year grants (minimum of three years) to eligible providers of demonstrated effectiveness for the purpose of developing and implementing Integrated Education and Training Programs (IE&T) in the District of Columbia.

AFE, in collaboration with the DC Workforce Investment Council (WIC), held the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) and WIC Career Pathways grant competition in spring 2017. OSSE, in partnership with the DC WIC, announced the grant awards on June 30, 2017.

In 2018, OSSE announced the Gateway to Careers Grant, please visit the grant page for additional information and resources.

You may search for grants related to Adult Education in OSSE’s Library.

National Reporting System Data

The US Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (USDE OCTAE) maintains a database of National Reporting System (NRS) data reported annually by state. Click here to visit the landing page for the database.

Guests can access the public site without an email and password. On the landing page, select “Here” to enter as a guest.

Policies and Procedures

OSSE Adult and Family Education (AFE) develops policies and procedures to guide the administration of federal and local Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) Grant Funds. These policies and procedures are in place to ensure that state and local programs comply with federal, state, and local reporting and accountability requirements. AFE sub-grantees are monitored for adherence to these policies and procedures.

OSSE Guidance Letter(s) - Adult and Family Education

Assessment

The Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) is the state mandated assessment system in the District of Columbia. AFE provides CASAS Implementation Training and CASAS eTest Coordinator and Proctor Preparation regularly to DC providers and partners. Assessment data is use to determine placement and to monitor student performance and progress. Charts showing CASAS scale scores, National Reporting System (NRS) Educational Functioning Levels (EFLs) and Grade Level Equivalencies are posted on the CASAS website.

AFE also provides training and resources to help providers and partners screen adults for learning and other disabilities. Please visit our Learning Needs Screening sections for these resources.

Technical Assistance

AFE provides technical assistance to sub-grantees, adult education and training providers, and other stakeholders on intake and assessment, instruction, program design, and accountability. For technical assistance, please email [email protected].

Monitoring

AFE monitors sub-grantees that receive federal and local funds. The monitoring system we use to evaluate sub-grantee performance includes the following activities: on-site visit(s), desk review(s), and classroom observation(s) of each sub-grantee each program year. For additional information please review the following resources.

Resources

In addition to the resource links provided below, AFE makes instructional resources available to integrated education and training, adult and family education, workforce preparation, and workforce training providers and partners for use by and with District residents. Agencies may use these resources for classroom instruction and District residents may use them for self-directed study.

In addition to the resource links provided below, AFE makes instructional resources available to integrated education and training, adult and family education, workforce preparation, and workforce training providers and partners for use by and with District residents. Agencies may use these resources for classroom instruction and District residents may use them for self-directed study.

Integrated Education & Training (IE&T)

There are a number of national organizations providing materials on how to implement Integrated Education & Training at the local and state levels.

Resources we trust include CASAS and National Skills Coalition.

Labor Market Information

The DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) provides labor market information about the District of Columbia and the Washington metropolitan area on high-demand sectors and the fastest growing occupations.

The DC Workforce Investment Council (WIC) is a private-sector led board responsible for advising the Mayor, Council, and District government on the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of an integrated and effective workforce investment system.

National Reporting System

The National Reporting System (NRS) for Adult Education is an outcome-based reporting system for the State-administered adult education programs.

Partnerships

Standards

National Standards

OSSE's Adult and Family Education (AFE) Standards for Integrated Education and Training (IET)

Career Coach

Career Coach is designed to help District residents with career exploration by providing the most current labor market information regarding salaries, employment, job postings, and related education and training. Career Coach users gain information about national and regional high-demand industries as well as the occupations and skills associated with these industries. With Career Coach, users can look at the transferability of skills between occupations, see local employers’ skills needs, and analyze career paths.

Change Agent

The Change Agent is a biannual magazine for adult educators and learners published by the New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC) at World Education. The Change Agent provides socially relevant content, powerful student writing that inspires discussion, and ready-to-use lesson plans that are aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). The Change Agent materials are designed for a multi-level audience.

Essential Education

Essential Education has five instructional resources available:

1. CASAS Academy

  • Skill-based lessons aligned to CASAS competencies.
  • Lessons suitable for adult learners at grade level equivalency 4-8.
  • Uses CASAS scale scores or internal placement test based on the CASAS competencies to determine suitable lessons.

2. Computer Essentials

  • Over 40 lessons focusing on basic computer skills/digital literacy.
  • Initial assessment determines student’s familiarity with technology.

3. GED Academy

  • Adaptive learning platform creates individualized student learning plans.
  • Lessons suitable for adult learners at grade level equivalency 4-12.
  • Four predictive practice tests in each GED subject area.
  • Extended response essays scored by professional staff.

4. Money Essentials

  • Lessons focusing on math, reading and financial literacy.
  • Shows students how to evaluate their credit standing.

5. Work Essentials

  • Seventeen lessons focusing on workforce readiness.

News for You

News for You is an interactive site that uses current events and real news articles to help students learn to read, write, speak and understand English. Seven new stories are posted each week, along with audio, exercises, vocabulary, a crossword puzzle, and a poll.

Virtual Job Shadow

Virtual Job Shadow is an online tool that helps individuals engage in career awareness and exploration and develop a plan to pursue their dreams with a unique video-based career planning platform. Virtual Job Shadow’s interactive tools help students and job seekers develop career paths based on choice, not chance.

How Can My Agency Access these Resources?

To request access to these products, submit an email to [email protected] which includes the product for which you are requesting access, your name, email, and phone number as well as your agency name, address, and website. Please include your mission statement and the primary population that your agency serves.