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MEMO:  AP 06-05

Last Updated: June 25, 2018

DATE: April 6, 2006 

TO: WIB Directors; WIB Chairpersons; Grant Recipients

FROM: Carl Buzzelli, WIA Program Manager

America's Workforce Network

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 seamless approach.

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 TEGL 17-05, 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:

An  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 and 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 deficient.

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 out-of-school.

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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