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.
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