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Iowa Administrative Rules - Chapter 23 Adult Education and Literacy Programs (Effective date: January 14, 2015)

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Effective date: The majority of WIOA provisions became effective on July 1, 2015, the first program year after enactment)

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Joint Rule for Unified and Combined State Plans, Performance Accountability, and the One-Stop System Joint Provisions - Final Rule (Effective date: October 18, 2016)

Iowa Administrative Rule - Chapter 32, High School Equivalency Diploma (Effective date: July 1, 2018)

Policy and Standards

Program Standards - Draft

Instructor Standards

Iowa's 2014 Assessment Policy Approval Letter

State Plan

2016 State Transition Plan

2014 State Plan Extension


Adult Education and Literacy PY2017 Annual Report

Adult Education and Literacy PY 2016 Annual Report


Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) Resources

Notice of Public Posting – AEL Unified State Plan Modifications Draft

In accordance with the ICR, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements, States must submit a WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan. The four-year state plan must be submitted to the Departments by March 2, 2020

To fulfill the requirement for public comment, which allow interested stakeholders to participate actively, effectively, and transparently in the development of the plan, that time period is now open until February 5, 2020. Particular input is sought from representatives of the following:

  • Local Workforce Development Boards and chief elected officials
  • Businesses
  • Representatives of labor organizations
  • Community-based organizations
  • Adult education providers
  • Institutions of higher education
  • Other stakeholders with an interest in services provided by the the six core programs
  • The general public, including individuals with disabilities

DRAFT of the Iowa Unified State Plan 2020-2024

Section VI contains specific partner plans including Title II, Adult Education and Literacy - comments related to this plan can be made through the same portal.


Program specific information on the adult education and literacy is included in the final core program document

For final law and regulations refer to the following:

AEFLA Resource Guide, 2017
U.S. Department of Education - WIOA Information
U.S. Department of Labor - WIOA Information

WIOA Wednesday Webinars

Recently, the Iowa Adult Education and Literacy team has been presenting a series of webinars.  Below you will find the recordings and slides used for each of these webinars:

Webinar #1 – Integrated Education and Training
September 14, 2016

Webinar #2 – Adult Education and Literacy Activities
September 21, 2016

Webinar #3 – Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education
September 28, 2016

Webinar #4 – Corrections Education
October 12, 2016

Webinar #5 – Assessing Quality
October 26, 2016

Webinar #6 – Content Standards
November 10, 2016

Webinar #7 – Measurable Skill Gains
November 16, 2016

Webinar #8 – Career Pathways
November 23, 2016
Career Pathway Template

Additional PowerPoints were added in 2014-15 covering key points in the implementation of WIOA at the local level for adult education programs.

Unpacking - Part I
Planning for New AEFLA Activities
Unpacking - Part II

Planning for the AEFLA Activities
Unpacking - Part III
WIOA Readiness Assessment Tool A

Video recordings from the OCTAE were produced to help educate staff on various aspects of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA).

Session 1: WIOA Overview
Session 2: Overview of Title II
Session 3: Performance Accountability Provisions
Session 4: Title I State Boards and Unified Plans

Integrated Education and Training (IET) March 1, 2017, Training

PowerPoint from Meeting
Four Models for IET
Hawkeye Community College "I-Best 101"

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on March 06, 2021 at 11:45am.