Program and Accountability RequirementsThe Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Title II: Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) grant recipients must adhere to the following requirements.
This notice and the additional requirements provide guidance on program and accountability requirements of the California Department of Education (CDE) Adult Education Office (AEO) for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Title II: Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) grantees for Fiscal Year 2019–20. Failure to comply with any of the program requirements or submissions will be cause for withholding of the WIOA, Title II: AEFLA grant reimbursements until requirements and submissions are met.
Local Administrative Costs
The cost of professional development must be taken from local administrative costs and not instructional costs per Section 233(2) of WIOA; 34 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 463.26.
No fees of any kind may be collected from students for participation in the WIOA, Title II: AEFLA programs. Refer to the CDE Management Bulletin AEFLA–2018–01 [https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/ae/ga/mb18-01.asp].
A quarterly electronic submission of the ECR is required for grant reimbursements. Non-federal monetary expenditures and in-kind contributions must also be reported quarterly on the ECR. Additionally, workforce training activities and one-stop infrastructure costs are to be tracked and must be reported on the final ECR. The ECR and instructions may be accessed at California Adult Education Online Application and Reporting [https://caadultedreporting.org/adulted/] .
Local Assessment Policy
All WIOA, Title II: AEFLA funded agencies must update their Local Assessment Policy annually, effective the beginning of each program year, and must retain a copy on site for review by the CDE upon request. Funded agencies may access the Local Assessment Policy template at CDE AEO Resources [https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/ae/ir/] for more details.
Memorandum of Understanding with the Local Workforce Development Board
All funded local agencies must satisfy the requirements of 34 CFR 361.505 and 34 CFR 361.720. Agencies may enter into either an umbrella Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Local Workforce Development Board or a separate MOU with their local America’s Job Center of California (AJCC). WIOA, Title II: AEFLA agencies will support, from the federal funds reserved for local administration, an amount not to exceed five percent of the grant award. The proportionate share of local infrastructure costs are based on proportionate use of the AJCC and the relative benefits received by the grant. Additionally, local federal administrative costs may include reportable non-federal resources that are cash, in-kind, or third-party contributions.
Co-Enrollment in Workforce Training
All adult learners enrolled in workforce training that leads to an industry (federal or state) recognized credential must be reported in TOPSpro® Enterprise (TE).
For the California WIOA, Title II: AEFLA program industry-recognized training credentials include, but are not limited to:
- Locally approved certificates eligible for inclusion on the Employment Training Provider List;
- Career Development and College Preparation Career and Technical Education certificates with more than 48 contact hours;
- Certificates that meet the minimum threshold for inclusion under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act; or
- Certificates that meet the threshold for Title IV Federal Student Aid.
Note: Please contact the AEO for further information about credentials not listed above.
Employment and Earnings Follow-up Survey
All WIOA, Title II: AEFLA funded agencies are required to survey adult learners for whom a social security number is not available for data matching. All adult learners who exit the program during the program year are required to be surveyed the second and fourth quarters after exit to determine their employment outcome. For further information regarding the follow-up survey, please see detailed instruction at CASAS California Accountability and Assessment [https://www.casas.org/training-and-support/casas-peer-communities/california-adult-education-accountability-and-assessment] , or contact CASAS by phone at 1-800-255-1036 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All WIOA, Title II: AEFLA funded agencies are required to complete a Technology and Distance Learning Plan and Professional Development Plan. In addition, agencies receiving funds for the WIOA, Title II: AEFLA Section 243 Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) program are required to complete an IELCE Plan.
- Professional Development Plan: Providers are required to set aside funds and offer relevant professional development for administrators, instructors, and support staff to implement an effective adult literacy program. The Professional Development Plan is an online submission through the OAR website. A link to access this requirement will be provided at a later date.
- Technology and Distance Learning Plan: All funded local agencies are required to complete a Technology and Distance Learning Plan. To facilitate the process, the AEO provides an Implementation Guide and sample Technology and Distance Learning Plan. The Technology and Distance Learning Plan is an online submission through the OAR website. A link to access this requirement will be provided at a later date.
- IELCE Plan: Providers receiving funds for the WIOA, Title II: AEFLA Section 243 IELCE program are required to update their IELCE Plan annually. The IELCE Plan will outline the provider’s approach to delivering adult education and literacy activities concurrently and contextually with workforce preparation activities and workforce training. The IELCE is an online submission at CASAS IELCE Plan [https://www.casas.org/training-and-support/casas-peer-communities/california-adult-education-accountability-and-assessment/california-el-civics/california-integrated-english-literacy-and-civics-education-plan] .
Data Accountability Requirements
The CDE requires all the WIOA, Title II: AEFLA grantees to use the TE computerized database system to collect and report adult learner demographics and program information. In addition, the WIOA, Title II: AEFLA funded agencies are required to comply with the National Reporting System (NRS) for Adult Education requirements, specifically all agencies in California must:
- Track adult learner progress through the administration of the CASAS tests
- Record instructional hours in TE at least once a month, either through a CASAS Update Record, by importing from a third party attendance system, or directly adding hours into the TE attendance module
- Submit summary reports to document all adult learner progress
The CDE AEO has contracted with CASAS to offer online and face-to-face trainings to meet the NRS accountability requirements, administer approved assessments, and use TE software. The TE software, student record forms, test booklets, and CASAS eTests® are available at no cost to the WIOA, Title II: AEFLA grantees.
Additional details on data and accountability requirements for California are available at CASAS California Adult Education Accountability and Assessment [https://www.casas.org/training-and-support/casas-peer-communities/california-adult-education-accountability-and-assessment] .
Pursuant to Unemployment Insurance Code Section 14013, the CDE requests that the WIOA, Title II: AEFLA service providers ask individuals receiving services to voluntarily provide their social security number and written consent for the disclosure of their personal information, using the Voluntary Authorization to Share Personally Identifiable Information and Records Form [http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/ae/ga/documents/volauthdataform2017.docx] (DOCX).The decision to provide a social security number is voluntary. A decision to not volunteer the social security number must not affect any individual’s eligibility to receive or participate in adult education services. For more details about data privacy, refer to the CDE Management Bulletin AEFLA 2017–01 [https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/ae/ga/mb17-01.asp].
Data Accountability Training
All the WIOA, Title II: AEFLA funded agencies are required to have at least one person on staff complete one California Accountability training and one CASAS Implementation training by January 31, 2020. The CDE strongly encourages local agencies to adopt a team approach for trainings and continuous improvement in managing student data outcomes. Positive student learning outcomes drive future grant funding in California’s pay-for-performance system. More details regarding training sessions are available at California Adult Education Professional Development [https://caadultedtraining.org] .
Deliverable Reminders and Status
Email reminders are sent to agencies using the local contact information provided by agencies. Add or update your agency information on the OAR website at California Adult Education Online Application and Reporting [ https://caadultedreporting.org/adulted/] ; sign in and select Agency Contacts. Local agencies may also view the submission status of all deliverables; sign in and select WIOA. Electronic copies of previously submitted deliverables are also found here.
Technical Assistance Contacts
For more information about TE software, data entry, assessment tests, material ordering guides, or technical assistance on assessment and data accountability, please contact the CASAS California Accountability Training Manager by phone at 1-800-255-1036, or by email at email@example.com.
For technical assistance about the Technology Plan and Professional Development Plan, please contact the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) by phone at 916-228-2580 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For technical assistance about the Professional Development Plan, please contact the California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project by phone at 1-800-427-1422, or by email at email@example.com.
If you have any questions regarding the WIOA, Title II: AEFLA program, please contact your respective CDE Regional Consultant or the AEO by phone at 916-322-2175.