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TAA Performance Reporting

The reauthorization of the TAA program through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TAARA 2015), title IV of the Trade Preferences Act of 2015 (Pub. L. No. 114-27), aligns most performance accountability indicators for the TAA Program by specifying many of the same performance indicators as specified for WIOA core programs (19 U.S.C. 2311(j)(2)(A)(i)).

These indicators report on workers who have been determined group eligible (petition was certified), had an actual or threated separation, and received benefits or services provided funded under the TAA program.

TEGL 10-16, Change 1 provides the description, methodology, and operational parameters for each of the five primary indicators of performance.

There is a significant time delay in the reporting of performance measures. Indicators cannot be reported until the participant exits, the relevant quarter after exit is reached, and a two quarter delay to allow for state collection and reporting of data. For example, FY 2018 results would be reporting on participants for Employment Rate - 2nd Quarter After Exit with participants who exited the program between October 1st, 2016 and September 30th, 2017 (four quarters after the period).

Five* Primary Indicators of Performance Detail
A. Employment Rate - 2nd Quarter After Exit The percentage of participants who are in unsubsidized employment during the second quarter after exit from the program.
B. Employment Rate - 4th Quarter After Exit The percentage of participants who are in unsubsidized employment during the fourth quarter after exit from the program.
C. Median Earnings - 2nd Quarter After Exit The median earnings of participants who are in unsubsidized employment during the second quarter after exit from the program
D. Credential Attainment The percentage of those participants enrolled in an education or training program (excluding those in on-the-job training (OJT) and customized training) who attain a recognized postsecondary credential or a secondary school diploma, or its recognized equivalent, during participation in or within one year after exit from the program.
E. Measurable Skill Gains The percentage of program participants who, during a year, are in an education or training program that leads to a recognized postsecondary credential or employment and who are achieving measurable skill gains, defined as documented academic, technical, occupational, or other forms of progress, towards such a credential or employment. Depending on the type of education or training program, documented progress is defined as one of the following:
  1. Documented achievement of at least one educational functioning level of a participant who is receiving instruction below the postsecondary education level;
  2. Documented attainment of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent;
  3. Secondary or postsecondary transcript or report card for a sufficient number of credit hours that shows a participant is meeting the State unit's academic standards;
  4. Satisfactory or better progress report, towards established milestones, such as completion of OJT or completion of one year of an apprenticeship program or similar milestones, from an employer or training provider who is providing training; or
Successful passage of an exam that is required for a particular occupation or progress in attaining technical or occupational skills as evidenced by trade-related benchmarks such as knowledge-based exams.

*TAARA 2015 created five primary indicators of performance that align with the same indicators under Section 116 of WIOA. However, TAA does not report on the sixth WIOA Measure: Effectiveness in Serving Employers.

Under the 2009 and 2011 Amendment versions of the program, the TAA program reported on statutorily required Trade Act Measures (TAM) and Departmental Common Measures (CM) used to compare results across programs.

Common Measures Trade Act Measures
Entered Employment Rate Percentage of individuals that are employed in the first quarter after program exit. Percentage of individuals that are employed in the second quarter after program exit.
Employment Retention Rate Of those employed in the first quarter after exit, the percentage employed in both the second and third quarter after exit. Of those employed in the second quarter after exit, the percentage employed in both the third and fourth quarter after exit.
Average Earnings Of those earning wages in the first quarter after exit, the total amount earned by those that earned wages in both the second and third quarter after exit. Of those earning wages in the second quarter after exit, the total amount earned by those that earned wages in both the third and fourth quarter after exit.



Updated: September 28, 2018