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  • III. Operational Planning Elements

    The Unified or Combined State Plan must include an Operational Planning Elements section that supports 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—

    • b. State Operating Systems and Policies

      The Unified or Combined State Plan must include a description of the State operating systems and policies that will support the implementation of the State strategy described in section II Strategic Elements.  This includes—

III. b. 6. B. Assessment of Participants’ Post-program Success

Describe how lead State agencies will use the workforce development system to assess the progress of participants who are exiting from core programs in entering, persisting in, and completing postsecondary education, or entering or remaining in employment. States may choose to set additional indicators of performance.

Current Narrative:

Idaho’s workforce system will primarily measure participant progress using the indicators defined in WIOA Section 116 and subsequent guidance. Many of the data elements required to track participant progress in employment and post-secondary education are already collected in some fashion by at least one of the lead State agencies administering a core program. These performance indicators track participants’ post-program employment in the second quarter and fourth quarter after exit, as well as credential attainment up to one year after program exit.

For example, The Idaho Department of Labor houses all of the WIOA Title I-B programs, as well as Wagner-Peyser, and the Unemployment Insurance program. As a result, they are able to provide other core partners with wage and employment records. Both Title II (Adult Education) and Title IV (Vocational Rehabilitation - IDVR) programs are housed in separate divisions of the State Board of Education, allowing them access to post-secondary enrollment data via the National Student Clearing House, as well as the State’s Longitudinal Data System for Education.

Currently, the existing data sharing agreements established continue to allow core programs to share and report progress measures for WIOA participants. Data sharing agreements negotiated under WIOA follow a similar structure as before. For example, the Adult Education program presents its Employment cohort lists to the Department of Labor to determine employment status of students after exit. As noted earlier, these processes will continue.