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  • III. Operational Planning Elements
    The Unified or Combined State Plan must include an Operational Planning Elements section that support the State’s strategy and the system-wide vision described in Section II.(c) above. Unless otherwise noted, all Operational Planning Elements apply to Combined State Plan partner programs included in the plan as well as to core programs. This section must include—

III. b. 4. A. Assessment of Core Programs

Describe how the core programs will be assessed each year based on State performance accountability measures described in section 116(b) of WIOA. This State assessment must include the quality, effectiveness, and improvement of programs broken down by local area or provider. Such state assessments should take into account local and regional planning goals.

Current Narrative:

At a minimum, core workforce system partners program services included in the WIOA State Plan, will be assessed using the common measures as provided in WIOA Section 116(b). Performance will be reported on the State and Local Workforce area level. Each Core Partners’ performance in each of the primary indicators of performance will be a start point for the further evaluation of quality, effectiveness and opportunities for improvement. Each core partner program will submit their performance metrics in a statewide dashboard report on a quarterly basis. The quarterly dashboard report will be provided to the State Board’s Performance Accountability Committee with accomplishments, plans and strategies to continue successes or make improvements, as necessary, how partners address areas that are not being met and the identification of resources or supports needed to move forward.

The state and local workforce development areas providing Title I-B, Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth programs will be assessed based on a comparison of actual performance levels with the negotiated / adjusted levels of performance each quarter and annually. The following definitions will be utilized by the federal agencies in determining if the State met performance. Additional federal guidance is pending which may require adjustments to performance levels later in 2016 or early 2017.

Levels of Performance:

“Exceeds” Goals: If the actual performance in any indicator is greater than 100 percent of the negotiated level.

“Meets” goals: If the actual performance in any indicator in 90 percent or more and up to 100 percent of the negotiated level.

“Failed to Meet Goals”: If the actual performance of any indicator is less than 50% of the negotiated level this measure will “fail” the proposed threshold outlined in Section 677.190(d)(2) of the WIOA regulations. Sanctions based on performance failure will be applied only after all indicators have at least 2 years of complete data not including Program Year 2016. The State intends to issue State policy regard local area performance failure by the end of the second quarter in PY2016. Sanctions based on performance failure will be applied to local areas if two consecutive years a (after 2016), the local area fails to meet:

o 90 percent of the overall local area program score for the same core program; o 90 percent of the overall local area indicator score for the same primary indicator; or 50 percent of the same indicator or score for the same program.