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Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V)

MC2 STEM High School in Cleveland, Ohio. (photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for the Alliance for Excellent Education)

On July 31, 2018, President Trump signed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) into law. The law reauthorizes and updates the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 to ensure career and technical education (CTE) programs meet the demands of the twenty-first-century economy. The new law includes several changes and additions relevant for educators, postsecondary institutions, employers, workforce development boards, community-based organizations, and others who serve historically underserved students in both secondary and postsecondary education.

To learn more about what the updated law means for CTE, view the resources below:

Innovating for Equity and Excellence: Perkins V Implementation Recommendations for States

The new federal CTE law, Perkins V, provides states and local communities with the opportunity to be creative in ensuring that all young people—particularly those from historically underserved groups—are considered in the implementation of the new law, and that high-quality CTE implementation is prioritized and aligned with a state’s overall vision for preparing 21st century learners.

Here we offer concrete recommendations with a focus on equity and quality as a resource to states in the development of their four-year Perkins V state plans. These recommendations were co-developed with several partners in the work, including the Center for American Progress, JFF, the Learning Policy Institute, the Linked Learning Alliance, NAF, and the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, Inc.

Perkins Career and Technical Education Primer: Special Populations

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) reauthorizes and updates the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV).

Perkins V includes specific supports for unique demographic groups, referred to in the law as “special populations,” intended for recruiting and retaining these groups in high-quality career and technical education programs and improving their overall academic performance.

Changes in Perkins V

Perkins V includes several modifications that better align and integrate school districts, institutions of higher education, and employers to prepare more young people for high-skill, high-wage careers. Download the Fact sheet

Accountability Systems for CTE

Under Perkins V, states have greater flexibility to set performance levels in their accountability systems for CTE programs. But the law requires states to prioritize the performance of historically underserved students in those systems. Download the Fact sheet

Opportunities in Perkins V to Support Linked Learning and College and Career Pathways

There are several provisions in Perkins V that support the implementation of Linked Learning and other high-quality college and career pathways initiatives. Download the Fact Sheet

Perkins & Pathways: How the New Federal Career and Technical Education Law Supports College and Career Pathways and High-Quality Linked Learning

Additional Resources

CTE Excellence and Equity Act (S.1004)

Recommendations for the Reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006

Guide for the Submission of State Plans from the U.S. Department of Education

Recommendations for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act State Plan

Perkins Collaborative Resource Network (U.S. Department of Education)

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