November 15, 2016
DATE: April 6, 2006
TO: WIB Directors; WIB Chairpersons;
FROM: Carl Buzzelli, WIA Program Manager
SUBJECT: Clarification of the
Definition of Out-of-School Youth (as Defined in U.S. Department of Labor
TEGL 17-05, Issued February 17, 2006)
Purpose: This issuance is
intended to align the WIA definition with that of the State Department of
Education so that Connecticut’s youth can be served in a more coordinated
Background: The issue of
what defines an individual as out-of-school has been a source of debate in the
employment and training community for many years dating back to the Job Training
Partnership Act (JTPA). It has recently come to the forefront again
as we implement the new Common Measures and continue to integrate programs
across agencies with conflicting definitions.
The U.S. Department of Labor issued
Common Measures Policy for the Employment and Training Administration’s
(ETA) Performance Accountability System and Related Performance Issues, on
February 17, 2006. Attachment B of that TEGL provides a definition of key
terms. The TEGL defines an out-of-school youth as:
eligible youth who is a school dropout, or who has received a secondary school
diploma or its equivalent but, is basic skills deficient, unemployed, or
underemployed (WIA section 101(33)). For reporting purposes, this term includes all youth except: (i) those who are attending any school
have not received a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, or
(ii) those who are attending post-secondary school and are not basic skills
Based upon this definition we must determine who is to be
considered as “attending any school” and does not have a secondary school
diploma or its recognized equivalent. Any youth who meets that term is
considered in-school, as well as those who are attending post secondary school
and who are not basic skills deficient. Any other youth are considered
Policy: The key to
determining the status under which the individual would be classified is the
phrase “attending any school”. More specifically, the most confusing issue
in Connecticut has been whether to classify individuals enrolled in Adult
Education as in-school or out-of-school. To clarify the meaning and
intent, we have consulted with our partners, the State Department of Education.
It is the determination of those involved in those discussions that the issue
should be guided by the utilization of Title I federal funds for Education.
Those funds are not utilized for Adult Education. Therefore any individual
enrolled in Adult Education is considered as out-of-school.
Obviously it is difficult to account
for every individual case you may be involved with that has an issue concerning
educational status. If a case develops that you cannot address, we will
provide you with clarifications as may be necessary.
One other area of concern for school
status has been the issue of individuals who are being home schooled. It
is our determination after consultation with the State Department of Education
that such individuals will be classified for WIA purposes as out-of-school.
If you do need a specific
determination that has not been addressed in this issuance, please contact your
area liaison at (860) 263-6590. They will, along with WIA administrative
staff, determine the response to your question. If you have any other
questions on this issuance, please contact Steve Litke at (860) 263-6599.
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