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Common Measures Policy

ETA is committed to performance. One way of evaluating and improving performance is to have common performance measures for programs with similar goals. ETA and VETS have worked to define common measures, and as of July 1, 2005, these measures were implemented for the WIA title IB and Wagner-Peyser employment services and VETS programs. The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) programs implemented the common measures on October 1, 2005.

PLEASE NOTE: July 22, 2014 -The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) aligns the performance indicators for core programs, and adds new ones related to services to employers and postsecondary credential attainment. New performance requirements become effective July 2016. See TEN 5-14, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Announcement and Initial Informational Resources, for additional information.

  • TEGL 17-05, Change 2 The intent of this guidance is to further clarify the application of the literacy/numeracy measure initially provided in Attachment C, Educational Functional Level Descriptors, in Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 17-05, issued February 17, 2006, and to rescind TEGL 17-05, Change 1, issued August 13, 2007. This change TEGL only addresses specific reporting changes for the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth literacy/numeracy measure.
  • TEGL17-05, Change 1 To further clarify the application of the literacy/numeracy measure, initially provided in Attachment C, Educational Functional Level Descriptors, in Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 17-05, issued February 17, 2006. This change TEGL only addresses specific reporting changes for the Youth literacy/numeracy measure. RESCINDED by TEGL 17-05, Change 2
  • TEGL 17-05 February 17, 2006: This Common Measures Policy for the Employment and Training Administration's (ETA) Performance Accountability System and Related Performance Issues replaces the existing guidance with a single unified document. This TEGL rescinds TEGL 7-99; TEGL 6-00; TEGL 6-00 change 1; and TEGL 28-04.
1 Attachment A: Common Measures At-A-Glance Direct Access to Plan
2 Attachment B: Definitions of Key Terms Direct Access to Plan
3 Attachment C: Educational Functioning Level Descriptors Direct Access to Plan
4 Attachment D: WIA Title IB Core Performance Measures for PY 2005 and PY 2006 Direct Access to Plan
5 Attachment E: Federal Job Training and Employment Programs Impacted by Common Measures Direct Access to Plan

Revised Reporting and Recordkeeping Instructions

The collection of information on common performance measures is accomplished through revised reporting requirements for each program implementing the measures.

Final Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements

The Employment and Training Administration has received FINAL clearance of revisions to the reporting and recordkeeping requirements: the Workforce Investment Act Information Management System, the Trade Act Participant Reporting System, and the Labor Exchange Reporting System for the Wagner-Peyser Act and the Veterans Employment and Training Service. These reporting systems have been modified to include data elements necessary to assess state progress against a set of common performance measures. Final clearance of the revised reporting requirements enables states to begin reporting outcomes for the common measures at the beginning of Program Year 2005 (WIA, Wagner-Peyser and VETS) and at the beginning of Fiscal Year 2006 (TAA).

Common Measures At a Glance

ADULT MEASURES

Entered Employment

Of those who are not employed at the date of participation:

# of adult participants who are employed in the first quarter after the exit quarter


# of adult participants who exit during the quarter

Employment Retention

Of those who are employed in the
first quarter after the exit quarter:

# of adult participants who are employed in
both the second and third quarters
after the exit quarter


# of adult participants who exit during the quarter

Average Earnings

Of those adult participants who are employed in the first, second, and third quarters after the exit quarter:

Total earnings in the second plus the total earnings in the third quarters after the exit quarter


# of adult participants who exit during the quarter

 

 

 

 

YOUTH MEASURES

Placement in Employment or Education

Of those who are not in post-secondary education or employment (including the military) at the date of participation:

# of youth participants who are in employment (including the military) or enrolled in post-secondary education and/or advanced training/occupational skills training in the first quarter after the exit quarter


# of youth participants who exit during the quarter

Attainment of a Degree or Certificate

Of those enrolled in education (at the date of participation or at any point during the program):

# of youth participants who attain a diploma, GED, or certificate by the end of the third quarter after the exit quarter


# of youth participants who exit during the quarter

Literacy and Numeracy Gains

Of those out-of-school youth who are basic skills deficient:

# of youth participants who increase one or more educational functioning levels


# of youth participants who have completed a year in the program (i.e., one year from the date of first youth program service) plus the # of youth participants who exit before completing a year in the youth program


Glossary of Program Performance Measures

COMMON PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Adult Measures

  • Entered Employment Rate: Of those who are not employed at the date of participation, the number of adult participants who are employed in the first quarter after the exit quarter divided by the number of adult participants who exit during the quarter.
  • Employment Retention Rate: Of those who are employed in the first quarter after the exit quarter, the number of adult participants who are employed in both the second and third quarters after the exit quarter divided by the number of adult participants who exit during the quarter.
  • Six Months Average Earnings: Of those adult participants who are employed in the first, second, and third quarters after the exit quarter, the total earnings in the second quarter plus the total earnings in the third quarter after the exit quarter divided by the number of adult participants who exit during the quarter.
  • Average Earnings Change in Six Months: Of those who are employed in Q1 after exit, the total post-program earnings (earnings in Q2 + Q3 after exit) minus pre-program earnings (earnings in Q2 + Q3 prior to registration) divided by the number of adults who exit during the quarter.
Q=Quarter

Youth Measures

  • Attainment of a Degree or Certificate: Of those enrolled in education (at the date of participation or at any point during the program), the number of youth participants who attain a diploma, GED, or certificate by the end of the third quarter after the exit quarter divided by the number of youth participants who exit during the quarter.
  • Literacy and Numeracy Gains: Of those out-of-school youth who are basic skills deficient, the number of youth participants who increase one or more educational functioning levels divided by the number of youth participants who have completed a year in the program (i.e., one year from the date of first youth program service) plus the number of youth participants who exit before completing a year in the program.
  • Placement in Employment or Education: Of those who are not in postsecondary education or employment (including the military) at the date of participation, the number of youth participants who are in employment (including the military) or enrolled in postsecondary education and/or advanced training/occupational skills training in the first quarter after the exit quarter divided by the number of youth participants who exit during the quarter.

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PROGRAM SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Foreign Labor Certification

  • Percent of H-1B Applications Processed Within Seven Days of the Filing Date for Which No Prevailing Wage Issues are Identified: This estimate is based on the difference between the date an application is received and the date it is processed by ETA divided by the total number of applications received for a given reporting period for which no prevailing wage issues are identified. An application is considered processed if the last significant event is (1) certified (2) denied or (3) withdrawn.
  • Percent of Employer Applications for Labor Certification under the Streamlined System that Are Resolved Within Six Months of Filing: This estimate is based on the difference between the date an application is received by ETA and the date it is processed by ETA divided by the total number of applications received for a given reporting period. An application is considered processed if the last significant event is (1) certified (2) denied or (3) withdrawn.
  • Average Cost for Processing a New PERM Application: This calculation is part of DOL's Cost Analysis Manager (CAM) initiative.
  • Percent of the H-2B Applications Processed Within 60 Days of Receipt: This estimate is based on the difference between the date an application is received by a State Workforce Agency and the date it is processed by ETA divided by the total number of applications received for a given reporting period. An application is considered processed if the last significant event is: (1) certified, (2) denied, (3) withdrawn, (4) remand issued to the employer, or (5) remand issued to the State Workforce Agency.

1This definition was used for earnings in Program Year 2005.   Q=Quarter


Indian and Native American Adults

  • Average Hourly Wage Gain: Measures the INA program's ability to increase participant earnings by comparing "preprogram" wages with "post-program" wages. As a dollar amount, the post-program wages minus pre-program wages for those participants that obtained employment after exiting the program. The outcome for this measure is an average of all "pre" and "post" program wages for all participants that obtained employment at exit.
  • Employability Enhancement Rate: As a rate, the total number of terminees who obtained an employability enhancement (whether or not they entered employment), divided by the total number of terminees enrolled in the program year.
  • Entered Employment Rate: The number of terminees who entered unsubsidized employment at termination divided by the total number of terminees.
  • Positive Termination Rate: As a rate, those who either entered unsubsidized employment at termination or attained an employability enhancement, divided by all terminees enrolled in the program year.
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Indian and Native American Youth

  • Attainment of Two or More Goals: The total number of youth participants enrolled in the Grantee's Supplemental Youth Services Program who attained at least two of the thirteen goals listed in the legislation divided by the total number of Supplemental Youth Services participants enrolled during the report period.
  • Educational Attainment for Dropouts: The number of dropouts who have obtained a high school diploma, GED, or increased their literacy and numeracy by two grade levels divided by the total number of dropouts.

Internet-Based Assistance

  • Percent of New Requirements Ratings for O*NET-SOC Occupations: Number of occupations updated and released in database divided by the total number of O*NETSOC occupations during the fiscal year.
  • Percent of O*NET-SOC Occupations for Which Updated Data Are Released: Number of occupations for which incumbent survey activities have been completed and closed out divided by the total number of O*NET-SOC occupations during the fiscal year.

Prisoner Reentry Initiative (PRI)

  • Recidivism Rate: The percentage of participants who are rearrested for a new crime or reincarcerated for revocation of a parole or probation violation within one year from release from prison.

Registered Apprenticeship

  • Employment Retention Rate: The number of apprentices employed nine months after registration divided by the number of apprentices registered in the first quarter of the fiscal year.
  • Earnings Gain: The difference between the average of the current wage of the total number of entrants still employed nine months later and the average of the starting wage of the total number of entrants registered in the first quarter of the fiscal year.
  • Average Cost Per Registered Apprentice: Program budget allocation divided by total active federal program participants (apprentices).

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

  • Placement Rate: The number of participants during the report period who were placed in unsubsidized employment divided by the number of authorized grantee community service positions. Placement in unsubsidized employment may be either part-time or full-time.
  • Service Level: The count of participants during the report period divided by the total number of authorized grantee community service positions.

Unemployment Insurance (UI)

  • Percent of Intrastate Payments Made Timely: The percentage of intrastate UI benefit first payments for full weeks of unemployment issued within 14 days following the first compensable week in states with a waiting week, and 21 days in non-waiting week states. Detection of Recoverable Overpayments
  • The amount of overpayments (dollars) established through state operations as a percent of the estimated amount states can detect and establish for recovery.
  • Entered Employment Rate: The percent of persons receiving an intrastate first payment in a given quarter who had earnings in the next quarter.
  • Percent of Employer Tax Liability Determinations Made Timely: The percent of new employer determinations made within 90 days of the end of the quarter in which employers became liable to pay unemployment taxes.
1This definition was used for earnings in Fiscal Year 2006.   Q=Quarter

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