The reauthorization of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (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)). For a detailed discussion of the differences between programs on performance indicators, see TEGL No. 14-18 and accompanying technical assistance resources on WorkforceGPS. A discussion of TAA-specific differences is available in Attachment 10 to the TEGL and discussed in this webcast.
These indicators report on workers who have been determined group eligible (petition was certified), had an actual or threatened separation, and received benefits or services provided funded under the TAA program.
TEGL No. 10-16, Change 1 provides the description, methodology, and operational parameters for each of the five primary indicators of performance. Credential Attainment and Measurable Skills Gains were subsequently modified in the OMB 1205-0521 modification of 6/2018. These are listed as WIOA Quarterly Report calculation modifications on the WIOA performance reporting page, but also apply to the methodology used to calculate TAA performance measures.
For most measures, 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. A participant who has attained a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent is included in the percentage of participants who have attained a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent only if the participant also is employed or is enrolled in an education or training program leading to a recognized postsecondary credential 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:
*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.|