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Public Comment Invited on Draft WIOA Performance Targets

Revised March 11 - Comment Period Extended to March 21
Note: Comment period has ended.

As part of the new planning process under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the state of Washington is required to submit proposed performance levels for the core WIOA programs for each of the next two years, using some new performance measures. The six programs are:

Title I

  • WIOA Adult – Employment and training services for adults experiencing difficulties in finding employment.
  • WIOA Dislocated Workers - Employment and training services for adults dislocated from jobs in occupations in which they are unlikely to find re-employment.
  • WIOA YouthEmployment, education and training programs for low-income youth.

Title II

Title III

Title IV

Comment Period: Deadline to submit comments has been extended to Thursday, March 21 at 5 p.m.

Comment and recommendations about the proposed performance levels are invited from interested parties and the public at large. Comments will be summarized for the state's Workforce Board which may consider modifying this proposal before it is presented to the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education.

Send comments and questions to workforce@wtb.wa.gov

Comments specific to the DVR proposal should be sent to DVRStatePlan@dshs.wa.gov. Comments specific to the DSB proposal should be sent to michael.mackillop@dsb.wa.gov. If possible, please cc these comments to workforce@wtb.wa.gov.

Process for Setting Performance Levels

Performance levels will be finalized after public comment for submittal to federal agencies as part of the state’s  WIOA plan. For all programs except Rehabilitation Services and Services for the Blind, the state will negotiate with the U.S. Departments of Labor or Education to finalize the performance target levels for the year.

These proposed target levels apply to outcomes that will be assessed and reported during two “program years” (PYs). PY16 begins July 1, 2016, and PY 17 begins July 1, 2017.

For all programs, there will be an end-of-year review and revision (summer of 2017 and 2018) to adjust the final scoring of performance to account for unanticipated developments and/or for assumptions made in developing targets that turn out to have been incorrect. This is very important in these first years of WIOA implementation.

For PY 16, developing targets involves a lot of uncertainty because, due to reporting lags, the exiting participants counted during that year will primarily have participated under pre-WIOA program rules, and there is no extensive history of past performance outcomes under these new measures. Adding more uncertainty, final definitions will not be released until June 2016.

For PY 17, the outcomes will be measured primarily for participants affected by new priorities and service models developed in accordance with the new priorities in WIOA.

Given these uncertainties, most of the performance levels suggested here are fairly close to current levels of performance, due to uncertainties about the size, timing - and even sometimes the direction - of changes involved in shifting to new measures and modified program priorities, organization, and delivery. The lower targets for some of the Title I Youth measures reflect recently increased requirements in GED testing, as well as a shift to prioritizing services to more out-of-school youth.

In keeping with past practices, Workforce Board staff have negotiated with the local Workforce Development Councils over local performance levels for the Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth programs. These levels, in turn, drive state-level performance levels that are brought to the Board and then released for public review. Proposals for the other core WIOA programs were developed at the state level by staff of the respective managing agencies and reviewed by the Board.

For more information about WIOA and the state WIOA plan, see: http://wtb.wa.gov/WIOA.asp

Definitions of the New Measures – In Brief

  • Rate of Employment in second quarter after exit

  • Median earnings in second quarter after exit

  • Rate of Employment in fourth quarter after exit

  • Percent of those receiving education or training who attain a Credential during participation or within four quarters after exit

  • Percent of participants participating in training and have a Measurable Skill Gain during the year – This is a very complicated measure, and it will not be implemented this year for any programs, except Title II Basic Education for Adults. See note below at under “Measures Marked as Pending."

  • One or more measures of Effectiveness in Serving Employers will be developed by the federal agencies for future use.

Measures for Vocational Rehabilitation, Services for the Blind, and Basic Education for Adults

Because most of these measures are new to these programs, proposed performance levels are not required this year, though they will be in the future. (See note below for Measurable Skill Gain for Basic Education for Adults). For nearly 10 years, Washington has been measuring employment outcomes similar to the WIOA measures for Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind. Drawing on that experience, it was decided to voluntarily propose performance targets a year early to get some experience with the new system, though there will be no negotiation with the U.S. Department of Education to finalize target levels.

Measures Marked As “Pending

PY 17 Proposed Levels for Title I Adult

The PY 17 proposed levels for Title I Adult are currently pending, but will be added to this web page shortly. Because some areas in Washington have chosen to implement a new service pattern of co-enrollment between Title I Adult and the Title III Employment Services program, Adult performance measures in that year will be a complicated average between the current outcomes of Adult and Employment Service participants. Additional modeling for the phase-in of this co-enrollment is nearly completed.

Measureable Skill Gain for Basic Education for Adults

While Basic Education for Adults is the only program for which relevant performance data on skill gain has been collected in recent years, the rules for computing this measure for Title II are not yet available, and it will not be possible to produce, review and approve the required target by the April 1 plan submittal deadline.

 

 

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PROPOSED PY 16 & PY 17 PERFORMANCE LEVELS - STATEWIDE

Title I- WIOA

Working Estimates

ADULT

 

3rd latest 4Q's

2nd latest 4Q's

latest 4Q's

 

3 yr avg.

 

PROPOSED PY 16

PROPOSED PY 17

2nd Quarter Employment

Required

72.9%

74.1%

72.9%

 

73.3%

 

72.3%

65.5%

2nd Quarter Median Earnings

Required

$6,055

$6,133

$5,851

 

$6,013

 

$6,036

$6,209

4th Quarter Employment

Required

70.7%

72.3%

73.0%

 

72.0%

 

72.9%

63.5%

Credential- during or by 4th Quarter

Required

63.0%

60.3%

57.4%

 

60.2%

 

57.6%

57.6%

Measurable Skill Gain

Waived for this year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISLOCATED WORKER

 

 

2nd Quarter Employment

Required

78.2%

73.6%

74.4%

 

75.4%

 

73.7%

73.7%

2nd Quarter Median Earnings

Required

$8,275

$8,121

$8,418

 

$8,272

 

$8,390

$8,390

4th Quarter Employment

Required

76.2%

72.8%

73.4%

 

74.1%

 

73.2%

73.2%

Credential- during or by 4th Quarter

Required

67.9%

58.2%

58.0%

 

61.4%

 

56.9%

56.9%

Measurable Skill Gain

Waived for this year

 

 

 

 

 

YOUTH

 

 

2nd Quarter Placement

Required

64.9%

68.0%

68.0%

 

67.0%

 

65.2%

65.2%

2nd Quarter Median Earnings

Required

$2,793

$2,975

$2,836

 

$2,868

 

$2,713

$2,713

4th Quarter Placement

Required

69.6%

70.9%

70.4%

 

70.3%

 

68.1%

68.1%

Credential - during or by 4th Quarter

Required

66.3%

67.9%

65.0%

66.4%

60.7%

60.7%

Measurable Skill Gain

Waived for this year

 

 

       

 Title II

Working Estimates

Basic Education for Adults

 

3rd latest 4Q's

2nd latest 4Q's

latest 4Q's

 

3 yr avg.

 

PROPOSED

PY 16

PROPOSED PY 17

2nd Quarter Employment

Waived for this year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Quarter Median Earnings

Waived for this year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th Quarter Employment

Waived for this year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credential- during or by 4th Quarter

Waived for this year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Measurable Skill Gain

Required

pending

pending

       

Title III

Working Estimates

 Wagner-Peyser Employment Services

 

 

 

latest est. of actual

 

 

 

PROPOSED PY 16

PROPOSED PY 17

2nd Quarter Employment

Required

 

 

68.0%

 

 

 

68.0%

69.0%

2nd Quarter Median Earnings

Required

 

 

$5,657

 

 

 

$5,854

$6,053

4th Quarter Employment

Required

 

 

66.0%

 

 

 

66.0%

67.0%

Credential- during or by 4th Quarter

Not required by statute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Measurable Skill Gain

Not required by statute

 

 

       

 

The following two tables replace the single Title IV Table in the previous version.

 
Title IV      
Vocational Rehabilitation   Proposed PY 16 Proposed PY 17
2nd Quarter Employment Waived for this year 49.38% 49.38%
2nd Quarter Median Earnings Waived for this year $3,080 $3,080
4th Quarter Employment Waived for this year 46.56% 46.56%
Credential-during or by 4th Quarter Waived for this year 56.10% 56.10%
Measurable Skill Gain Waived for this year -- --
 

 

 
Title IV      
Services for the Blind   Proposed PY 16 Proposed PY 17
2nd Quarter
Employment
Waived for this year 39.00% 39.00%
2nd Quarter
Median Earnings
Waived for this year $5,100 $5,100
4th Quarter
Employment
Waived for this year 34.00% 34.00%
Credential - during or by 4th Quarter Waived for this year 50.00% 50.00%
Measurable Skill Gain Waived for this year -- --
 

 

Staff contact: Dave Pavelchek, Deputy Director | (360) 709-4630

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