WIOA Title I-A & I-B Policy & Procedure Manual
Ch. 11) Performance Accountability and Reporting

11.5 Primary Indicators of Performance

11.5.8 Measurable Skill Gain

Effective date: February 26, 2019

Definition: The percentage of program participants who, during a program 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.

Participants Included in the Denominator:

  • Adult, Dislocated Worker, and National Dislocated Worker Grant program participants who received a training service during the Program Year.
  • Youth Program participants who meet any of the following:
    • Enrolled in "Occupational Skills Training" during participation;
    • In secondary education at program entry or during participation;
    • In postsecondary education at program entry or during participation;
    • Dual-enrolled in Job Corps;
    • Dual-enrolled in YouthBuild participation; or
    • Dual-enrolled in Adult Basic Education funded by Title II.

Co-enrollment impact on the Measurable Skill Gain

Any measurable skill gain reported during the period of participation and within the program year of the participant's exit date applies to each program in which the participant is participating in training and education. (See the Measurable Skill Gain Policy for more details.)

Applies to the WIOA Adult, Dislocated Worker, and National Dislocated Worker Grant programs:

Participants in the WIOA Title I Adult, Dislocated Worker, and National Dislocated Worker Grant programs are included in the Measurable Skill Gain indicator if the participant received training/education funded in any amount from:

  • WIOA Title I Adult;
  • WIOA Title I Dislocated Worker;
  • WIOA Title I Youth;
  • National Dislocated Worker Grant; or
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance.

Adult, Dislocated Worker, and National Dislocated Worker Grant program participants who do not receive funded training from any of the programs in this list do not qualify for the Measurable Skill Gain denominator.

Participants who receive non-WIOA funded training/education must enter the comparable training service into ASSET with the fund source "Other" to provide the most complete picture of the workforce/education services the participant received.

Applies to the WIOA Youth Program:

All participants in the Youth Program with education/training are included in Measurable Skill Gain indicator regardless of the education/training service's fund source.

All training/education services must be entered into ASSET regardless of fund source.

Applies to all programs:

Participants with the following "Other Reasons for Exit" (Exclusions) are not included in the Measurable Skill Gain indicator:

  • Institutionalized;
  • Health/Medical;
  • Deceased;
  • Reserve Forces Called to Active Duty; or
  • Foster Care. (Youth Program only)

Methods for Documenting Progress

Depending on the type of education or training program, documented progress is defined as one of the following: (See the Measurable Skill Gain Policy for more details.)

Method #1: Educational Functioning Level (EFL) Gain (The gain may only be made by participants in Secondary Education and basic education.)

  • EFL Gain via Pre-Test and Post-Test;
  • EFL Gain via entry into postsecondary education; and
  • EFL Gain via Carnegie Credit Gain (Wisconsin Title I and II do not use this because Adult High Schools in Wisconsin do not award Carnegie Units. 1)

Method #2: Attainment of a Secondary School Diploma (Participants who have not completed HS Diploma/Equivalent at program entry)

Method #3: Transcript/Report Card Meeting State's Unit Policy

Method #4: Progress Report from Employer or Training Provider

Method #5: Passage of an exam required for an occupation or progress attaining technical/occupational skills