Current understanding of requirements relating to collecting Social Security Numbers for the purposes of federal reporting of qualifying tuition and fees for the Hope Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit:
No reporting is required for courses for which no academic credit is offered. Academic credit is defined as credit for course work leading to a post-secondary degree, certificate or other recognized post-secondary educational credential.
Note: On this basis, reporting is not required for Basic Skills enrollments. Also, non-credit continuing education programs should not be reported.
More information is included in a Nov. 17, 2005 memo sent to college presidents.
Non-Basic Skills ESL students (e.g. college-level, developmental education, international and/or continuing education students) and Basic Education for Adults ESL students (Basic Skills, $25 tuition only) may be in the same classroom if no federal Basic Skills funds are used to support non-Basic Skills students, materials or salaries. Basic Skills ESL students must be registered and coded to a Basic Skills course and Non-Basic Skills students must be registered and coded to a college-level, developmental education, international and/or continuing education course.
Colleges and other providers must account for expenditures related to these mixed classrooms based on the proportionate share of each type of student in the classroom. Please note: only those state funds directly supporting the BEdA students may be used as match for Maintenance of Effort purposes.
- Follow the Assessment Policy.
- Use the state WABERS+ Intake Form or SBCTC-approved form for collecting BEdA student data.
- Follow state policy for recording attendance/contact hours.
- Enter data into the BEdA data collection system – WABERS+ often enough to inform instruction. Data MUST be entered at least quarterly.
- Check local data for errors prior to submitting data to the state system.
- Require that students requesting a tuition waiver sign a waiver form for requesting the waiver and keep that form with the students’ records.
- Have and follow a written progression policy.
Corrections education providers must also:
- Comply with DOC policy.
- Follow Information Standards Board.
- Comply with DOC IT security requirements – college BEdA programs follow campus IT.
- Follow Operational Memoranda of the correctional facility.
- Comply with superintendent of the correctional facility.
SBCTC and its funded providers follow the Washington State Community and Technical College General Retention Schedule for records retention. Records retention policy specific to Adult Basic Education providers is covered in Schedule Title CT07: Grants Management. For providers offering HS+, additional requirements can be found in Schedule Title: CT04.
Because the majority of funding for Basic Education for Adults is from federal sources and granted to providers by SBCTC, records retention is covered in record series CT0701.003 and reads:
CT0701.003 Grants issued by the state/SBCTC
Provides a record documenting request for specially funded projects (includes grant announcement and application, notification of grant awards, grant agreement signed by concerned parties, evaluation summaries, fiscal reports, correspondence related to grant monitoring, audit reports and related documentation). Also includes grant project status, data collection and evaluation instruments, questionnaires, statistics and the like, and progress and compliance reports prepared and submitted by grantee.
Office Administering Grant or other Designated Administrative Office 6 Years following:
- Termination of grant
- Resolution of litigation/audits
- Satisfaction of retention period stated in grant, whichever is longest.
Records to be retained include, but are not limited to the following:
- WABERS+ Intake Form (one form each Period of Participation when the student enrolls)
- Attendance (signed original documents with actual number of hours for each day the student participated in a class)
- CASAS pre- and post-test results
- Exception for testing forms
- Documentation of CASAS testing in only one subject
- Registration forms
- Tuition Waivers
Requirements specifically for HS+ read:
CT0401.025 Graduation authorizations
Provides documentation to support the awarding of degrees, diplomas and certificates of completion. May include copy of graduation application, evaluation of student credits (earned and transferred) and final determination.
Reporting Requirements for Career and Training Services
WIOA section 116(d)(2) requires Title II providers to report “the average cost per participant of those participants who received career and training services” paid for with federal AEFLA funds. Accordingly, BEdA programs will report Participant counts and AEFLA funds expended on career and training services using the descriptions below and Local Career and Training Services Report Template in WABERS+. Local providers will report data in WABERS+ by the September snapshot each year. Afterward, SBCTC will report statewide aggregate data to the National Reporting System (NRS) on the WIOA Statewide Performance Report by October 1 and Federal Financial Report (FFR) by December 31. It is important for every provider to complete this report, even if no federal funds were expended on these services.
Classifying Career Services and Training Services
OCTAE Program Memo 17-2 classifies career and training services as including the following activities:
Career Services Applicable to AEFLA
- Outreach, intake, and orientation
- Initial assessment (pretest)
- Referrals and coordination with other programs and services
- Provision of performance information and program cost information on eligible providers of education, training, and workforce services by program and type of provider
- Provision of information on availability of supportive services or assistance and appropriate referrals (including child care; child support; medical or child health assistance available through the State’s Medicaid program and CHIP; SNAP benefits; EITC; assistance under TANF, and other supportive services and transportation)
Training Services Applicable to AEFLA
- Training component (the workforce content elements: e.g., welding, NAC, etc.) of Integrated Education and Training (IET) programs (stand-alone IET or part of I-BEST and IELCE programs)
Identifying AEFLA Funds Expended on Career Services and Training Service Costs
WIOA requires that the costs for career and training services be determined separately. Report only funds expended from your BEdA Master Grant and IELCE Grant. Given that WIOA defines “administrative costs” separately from the definitions of career services and training services, do not include administrative costs when reporting costs for career services and costs for training services.
Career Services Costs
- Participants Served – Report the total number of Participants with complete data during the program year (Exclude Reportable Individuals).
- Participants Exited – Report the number of Participants who Exited the program by the end of winter quarter.
- Funds Expended – Report any and only federal dollars spent on the career services identified above.
- If no federal dollars were spent on the career services identified above, enter zero.
Training Services Cost
- Participants Served – Report the total number of Participants receiving the training component (workforce
content elements) of IET programs that are funded by federal dollars during the program year (Include all students inIET/IELCE/I-BEST programs that are
funded by federal dollars. Exclude Reportable Individuals).
- If no participants received the service identified above, enter zero.
- Participants Exited – Report the number of Participants receiving the training component (workforce content elements) of IET programs that are funded by federal dollars who Exited the program by the end of winter quarter (Include all students in IET/IELCE/I-BEST programs that are funded by federal dollars. Exclude Reportable Individuals).
- Funds Expended - Report any and only federal dollars spent on the training component (workforce content elements) of anIET program.
- If no federal dollars were spent on the training services identified above, enter zero.
WIOA section 116(b)(2) requires Title II providers to report the indicators of effectiveness in serving employers. Accordingly, BEdA programs will report services provided to employers using the descriptions and Employer Services Template in WABERS+. Local providers will report data in WABERS+ by program year. Then SBCTC will report annual statewide data to the Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board (WTECB). Finally, the WTECB will aggregate data and report the performance indicators (described below) on the WIOA Statewide Performance Report by October 1. It is important for every provider to complete this report annually. Direct questions to Jon Kerr, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classifying Employer Services
Employer Services includes the following activities. See Employer Services Definitions below for detailed definitions.
- Employer Information and Support Services — Providing services designed to educate and engage staff in the local job market/economy and the range of services available through the local One-Stop delivery system.
- Workforce Recruitment Assistance — Providing workforce recruitment assistance from staff or remotely through electronic technologies. Can include organizing, conducting, and/or participating in job fairs;
- Engaged in Strategic Planning/Economic Development — Engaging in either workforce investment strategic planning or business growth and economic development strategic planning.
- Accessing Untapped Labor Pools — Establishing pipeline activities in partnership with the public workforce system. Can include joint partnerships with other education programs to improve skill levels and programs to address limited English proficiency and vocational training.
- Training Services — Providing publicly funded training assistance, including customized training, OJT, and incumbent worker training.
- Incumbent Worker Training Services — Providing publicly funded incumbent worker training assistance.
- Rapid Response/Business Downsizing Assistance — Arranging rapid response services and other assistance available to workers and employers affected by layoff, plant closures, or natural disasters or plan a layoff response.
- Planning Layoff Response — Arranging a layoff response plan following notification of a current or projected permanent closure or mass layoff, including natural or other disasters.
In Washington State, WTECB has established two approaches designed to gauge critical workforce needs of the business community:
- Repeat Business Customers (Percentage of repeat employers using services within the
previous three years) – This approach tracks the percentage of employers who receive
services that use core program services more than once.
- This approach is useful in determining whether employers who receive services from the core programs are satisfied with those services and become repeat customers. This approach also assesses the workforce system’s ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with employers over extended periods of time.
- Employer Penetration Rate (Percentage of employers using services out of all employers in the State) – This approach tracks the percentage of employers who are using the core program services out of all employers represented in an area or State served by the public workforce system (i.e., employers served).
- This approach is useful in determining whether the core programs are serving a large portion of employers in an area and are adequately meeting the workforce needs of the area.
Employer Services Definitions
OCTAE Program Memo 17-2 classifies Employer Services as including the following activities:
- Employer Information and Support Services — Providing services designed to educate
and engage staff in the local job market/economy and the range of services available
through the local One-Stop delivery system. Establishment information services may
be provided in a variety of service interventions including orientation sessions,
workshops, or other business consultations (e.g., initial site visits). Information
and support services that are delivered to establishments through mass mailings or
communications, “cold” calling or other follow-up contacts, and regular establishment
newsletters, brochures, or publications are not reportable services under this category.
These services include, but are not limited to, providing information on:
- State and Federal tax credits or workforce investment incentives (State and Federal tax credits (WOTC) or workforce investment incentives);
- Customized workforce information on State, regional and local labor market conditions, industries, occupations, and the characteristics of the workforce, skills businesses need, local employment dynamics information such as workforce availability, worker supply and demand, business turnover rates, job creation, and job identification of high growth and high demand industries; and,
- Proactive linkage and referral of establishments to community resources that support their workforce needs.
- Workforce Recruitments Assistance — Providing workforce recruitment assistance from
staff or remotely through electronic technologies. Activities include, but are not
limited to, assisting employers to meet their human capital and skilled workforce
- Supporting employers’ search for qualified candidates;
- Securing information on job requirements and providing employers with One-Stop staff support for candidate screening and pre-employment interviews at the One-Stop Career Center (or affiliate site) or on site at the place of business;
- Taking job order information and promoting the employment opportunities (e.g., advertising the opening to the workforce);
- Conducting special recruitment efforts including out-of-area or out-of-state recruitment for candidates with special skills;
- Organizing, conducting, and/or participating in job fairs;
- Providing employers with meeting/work space at the One-Stop Career Center (or an affiliate site) for screening or interviewing;
- Conducting pre-employment testing, background checks and assistance in completion of the I-9 paperwork; and
- Providing employers with job and task analysis services, and absenteeism analysis.
- Engaged in Strategic Planning/Economic Development — Engaging in either workforce investment strategic planning or business growth and economic development strategic planning. These activities could include, but are not limited to, participating in community based strategic planning, sponsoring employer forums, securing information on industry trends, providing information for the purpose of corporate economic development planning, and partnering in collaborative efforts to identify workforce challenges and developing strategies to address those challenges.
- Accessing Untapped Labor Pools — Establishing pipeline activities in partnership with the public workforce system. Activities include, but are not limited to, outreach to youth, veterans, individuals with disabilities, older workers, ex-offenders, and other targeted demographic groups; industry awareness campaigns; joint partnerships with high schools, community colleges, or other education programs to improve skill levels; and programs to address limited English proficiency and vocational training.
- Training Services — Providing publicly funded training assistance, including customized training, OJT, and incumbent worker training.
- Incumbent Worker Training Services — Providing publicly funded incumbent worker training assistance.
- Rapid Response/Business Downsizing Assistance — Providing an initial on-site visit or contact to either (a) discuss the range of rapid response services and other assistance available to workers and employers affected by layoff, plant closures, or natural disasters, or (b), as required by WIOA section 3(51) (A), plan a layoff response following notification of a current or projected permanent closure or mass layoff, including natural or other disasters.
- Planning Layoff Response - Providing an initial on-site visit or contact, as required by WIOA section 3(51)(A), to plan a layoff response following notification of a current or projected permanent closure or mass layoff, including natural or other disasters.
A BEdA provider’s performance rates may be significantly understated when student Social Security Numbers (SSN) are not available for matching. Data for several of the mandatory NRS reporting criteria (earning a GED® or high school diploma, getting or retaining employment, and/or enrolling in further education or training are based solely on matching student Social Security numbers with other state agency databases).
All students MUST check "Yes" or "No" when signing the SSN Disclaimer on the bottom of the WABERS+ Intake Form. Only Social Security Numbers for students who check "Yes" are data-matched.
The student, not the BEdA provider, must decide whether to supply a Social Security Number.
Counting Student Attendance Hours
Attendance and contact hours for Basic Education for Adults students include the verifiable hours of instruction or instructional activity the learner receives from the program. Instructional activity includes any program-sponsored activity designed to promote student learning in the program curriculum, including:
- Educational interviewing (goal-setting, orientation, transition and pathway planning, completing assessments, portfolio development, etc.)
- Classroom and distance education instruction
- Participation in a learning lab
Distance education hours for formal learning activities that occur outside the classroom may be counted and recorded using the proxy hour methods defined in the Assessment Policy. Contact hours for distance learners may be a combination of actual contact and contact through telephone, video, teleconference or online communication, where student and program staff can interact and through which learner identity is verifiable. The method for determining proxy hours and the amount of distance education hours available must be predetermined and included in the course syllabus. The course must be set up so the total hours possible match the credit hours of the course.
Sample Syllabus Statements for Courses with Distance Education
Below are sample statements for each distance education proxy hour model to demonstrate an acceptable way to describe each one in a syllabus. For ease of use, we recommend using the Learner Mastery Model. Additionally, this model can be programmed in Canvas using a grading scheme to calculate total hours at the end of each class.
Learner Mastery Model
Online participation will count for attendance based on completion of modules. The amount of attendance you will earn is based on a percentage of the points earned in each module. The time you spend on task will be recorded as attendance hours and your final grade in the class will reflect this effort. This is the scale that will be used to determine the amount of attendance you earn:
|Percentage Points||Attendance Earned|
|75 - 100%||9 hours|
|50 - 74%||7.5 hours|
|25 - 49%||5.5 hours|
|1 - 24%||2 hours|
|Note: This scale can be adjusted to reflect the number of hours/credits of online instruction.|
Clock Time Model
Online participation will count for attendance based on the time you spend engaging in the online material using <software name> for a maximum of <# hours-minutes>. The time you spend on task will be recorded as attendance hours and your final grade in the class will reflect this effort.
Teacher Verification Model
Online participation will count for attendance based on satisfactory completion of assignments. A time value for attendance is given for each assignment based on your instructor’s best estimate of how long an average student would need to complete the assignment. The time for each assignment is included in the course syllabus. The time you spend on task will be recorded as attendance hours and your final grade in the class will reflect this effort.
Documenting Attendance Hours
Student attendance must be recorded and verified for all activities. Face-to-face attendance must be recorded daily by class, assessment session, tutoring session, or learning lab session. For distance education hours, attendance rosters must be kept by the instructor indicating the proxy hours awarded for each distance learning activity e.g., completed lessons, assignments, or assessments.
The original attendance sheet where the instructor manually or electronically marked the student attendance becomes the source document and must be retained as part of the student record. When attendance is taken electronically, the instructor must print and sign the spreadsheet and turn it in as the source document.
Reporting Attendance Hours
Programs are required to report attendance hours in WABERS+ at least quarterly, although monthly or more frequent reporting is highly preferred. Reporting data in a timely manner according to a fixed, regular schedule is the key factor for promoting data quality.
For instructions on entering hours in WABERS+, consult the WABERS+ User Manual. Contact the WABERS+ Helpdesk if you need assistance. Report face-to-face and distance hours separately. When reporting distance hours, make sure to add the “eLearning” special program mark and define its type (i.e. hybrid, online, etc.).
Hours entered in WABERS+ cannot exceed the number of credit hours for which the course is designed. Refer to the SBCTC Policy Manual for guidance on determining credit values and credit equivalents.
A unique student identification number is required for all BEdA students. As directed in RCW 28B.10.042, the social security number cannot be that identification number for any student, staff, or faculty.
SBCTC-BEdA providers will use an official SBCTC WABERS+ Intake Form to collect entry status data from BEdA students. The WABERS+ Intake Form is on the Resources tab inside WABERS+ and includes all NRS-required information that must be reported in WABERS+, plus the Attorney General's approved wording for requesting the use of student SSNs for data matching purposes. See note in the next section about the SSN Disclaimer. Providers will collect a new Intake Form for each Period of Participation.
All providers are to only request students to complete our Intake Form after admission is complete. Providers may not create a form combining college registration and BEdA intake information as federal funding rules prohibit BEdA providers from asking certain questions during registration. To be in compliance with federal funding regulations, providers must collect all of the required NRS data on students for reporting purposes.
Providers choosing to make any changes to the official SBCTC WABERS+ Intake Form, including the development of an electronic form, are required to submit the draft form to the WABERS+ Helpdesk for approval. Electronic signatures should be approved by the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). If developing an electronic form, please also submit specifications regarding the software you plan to use and your organization’s OCIO-approved electronic signature policy.
Records must be kept in accordance with the Records Retention policy; however, each program may determine the type of filing system in which hard copy records are stored. All records must be readily accessible for program monitoring. Please note that student disability paperwork should NOT be kept with BEdA student records.
Student records must include the following documents:
- The WABERS+ Intake form – one form each Period of Participation when the student enrolls.
- A record that includes CASAS appraisal score and all CASAS pre-test and post-test scores.
- Documentation if student is pre-tested in only one subject area. Please see the Assessment Policy for more detail.
- Actual original record of attendance hours. Refer to Student Contact/Attendance hours above.
- Documentation that a student with 45 or more hours at the end of the quarter is not ready for post-test or anyone not post-tested.
- Exception Request Form, signed by program director AND documented evidence that the student is likely to make a gain on a post-test.
- Tuition Waiver
HS+ diplomas are considered under Graduation Authorizations under CT0401.025 in the General Retention Schedule. Documents that must be kept for graduating students “include a copy of the graduation application, evaluation of student credits (earned and transferred) and final determination.”
At colleges, all Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language and high school equivalency preparation students are charged tuition of $25 per student per quarter. Colleges may waive the $25 charge for students who are unable to pay.
Basic education providers that offer a waiver of the $25 quarterly tuition are required to develop, implement and maintain a BEdA Waiver Policy statement/document that details the waiver as well as the process and requirements for student requesting the waiver.
A student requesting a waiver of the $25 will be required to complete and sign a program waiver form annually. The completed waiver form will identify the waiver requirement(s) met by the student. No further documentation will be required unless specified in a program’s individual Tuition Waiver Policy statement/document. Waivers will be submitted to the appropriate program designee for approval, and approved waiver forms will then be retained as described in the program’s Waiver Policy statement/document for 7 years per federal requirements.
Per the Local Basic Education for Adults Provider Data Quality Standards Checklist, each funded local provider must have written processes and procedures for the following:
- Documented procedure for requesting and collecting Social Security Numbers (including how to deal with missing numbers) and documenting informed consent to use the SSN for data-matching purposes.
- Written definitions for all data elements, including demographic measures and contact hours and has provided them to all appropriate staff.
- Has documented and uses a system for verifying that program staff are following state assessment and data policies and procedures.
- Goal-setting and orientation procedures as described in the Minimum Components which includes collecting intake information and placing students into the program.
- Documented procedures are in use for correcting errors and resolving missing data with correct information.
- Documented procedures are used for dealing with analysis problems and deviations.
- Documented procedures are used to verify that local data are collected appropriately, and that local reports accurately reflect data collected.
- Documented procedure for waiving BEdA student tuition as locally defined. Policies should identify forms of documentation to be retained in student files to substantiate the basis for waivers.
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