February 6, 2020 TEGL 11-19: Negotiations and Sanctions Guidance for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Core Programs. Through this guidance, the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education (Departments) delineate the process for negotiating levels of performance, as required by section 116(b)(3)(A)(iv) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). This guidance also provides explanation of the two instances in which a state may be sanctioned for performance failure or for failure to report (section 116(f) of WIOA). Section 116 of WIOA, its implementing regulations, and this guidance govern how the Departments will determine when it is necessary to sanction a state, which is statutorily required by WIOA.

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PY 2020 - 2021 Negotiations Tool
This tool aims to aid in the negotiation process of setting negotiated levels of performance for program years 2020 and 2021. It provides users with benchmarks provided by the statistical adjustment model (SAM)--as required by WIOA--along with an analysis of historical performance that shows both actual levels of performance as well as historic WIA performance outcomes viewed through a WIOA lens.

PY 2020 - 2021 State Model Summaries
These are state-specific summaries of the key elements derived from the statistical adjustment models developed for PY 2020-2021. For each individual performance indicator there are plots that show how the actual level of performance for the specific state in PY 2018 compared to all states and how the predicted level of performance (i.e., Estimate0) for the specific state in PY 2020 compares to the predicted levels for all states. There are also tables that give all the relevant model estimates and pre-PY 2020 data for all of the model variables. In addition, the last tab has a table that identifies all the variables included in each individual indicator model. Each link below is a compressed folder containing with all of the state model summaries for that region.

Supplemental Information for the 4th Quarter after Exit Indicators in PY 2020 - 2021
This supplement provides additional information to be used in the PY 2020-2021 negotiations for the 4th quarter after exit indicators.

WIOA State Negotiated Levels of Performance
These are the negotiated levels of performance agreed to by the Department of Labor and respective state agencies.

WIOA Performance Accountability Cycle e-Learning Module

The module is intended for state and local workforce boards, administrators, and policy and operations staff.  It walks the user through basic elements of the negotiations process using a narrative that follows a fictional state through each step of the cycle. 


PY 2020 - 2021 Model Selection Paper: This document provides an overview of the statistical analysis that was conducted in developing and evaluating the statistical adjustment models that will be used for the 2020 and 2021 program years (PY). Beginning with PY 2020, the statistical models will be used as a factor in performance negotiations and to assess state performance after each program year in accordance with WIOA performance accountability provisions for the following performance indicators and WIOA title I and title III programs: Employment Rate 2nd Quarter after Exit (Q2ER), Median Earnings 2nd Quarter after Exit (ME), and Measurable Skill Gains Rate (MSG) for the Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, and Wagner-Peyser programs (note: the MSG indicator does not apply to the Wagner- Peyser program).

WIOA Statistical Model Methodology Report: This document presents CEO's proposed methodology for setting WIOA performance targets. It begins with background information on WIOA and its requirements on the statistical adjustment model, followed by a brief description of previous methodologies used by The Department of Labor for establishing performance outcome goals.


The WIOA Statistical Adjustment Models include variables that accounts for the economic conditions of states. The data sources for the economic conditions variables are below.


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