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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:

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.

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.

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.

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

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


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