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

On July 31, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). 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 today’s economy. It 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.

How states can focus on equity and quality as they develop their four-year plans under the new federal career and technical education law, Perkins V.

Recommendations for State Implementation

The new federal CTE law, Perkins V, provides states and local communities opportunities to ensure all young people—but particularly those from historically underserved groups—can benefit from high-quality CTE programs. It is essential for states to prioritize these students in implementation of the new law and develop plans aligned with the state’s overall vision for preparing learners in a rapidly changing world.

To support their efforts, we offered concrete recommendations, with a focus on equity and quality, as a resource during the development of four-year Perkins V state plans. These recommendations were co-developed with several partners, including the Center for American Progress, Jobs for the Future, the Learning Policy Institute, the Linked Learning Alliance, NAF, and the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, Inc.

Read the Joint Recommendations

Understanding Perkins V: All4Ed Primers

What’s New in Perkins V?
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. Watch the video, or read our fact sheet, for an overview of the biggest changes in the new law.

Perkins V includes notable changes for accountability systems for CTE programs.
Accountability Systems

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. Learn more in our primer or watch the video.

How Perkins V supports Linked Learning and other high-quality college and career pathways initiatives in high schools
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. Read more about how the new law supports this work, or watch our video.

Webinar: Perkins and Pathways
This webinar provides an overview of what’s in the new law, plus how the new law can specifically support the implementation of high-quality Linked Learning in California.
Special Populations

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. Learn more in the fact sheet below.

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

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

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

All4Ed’s Work on CTE

Career and Technical Education, College and Career Pathways

College and Career Pathways

All4Ed advocates for policies and practices that ensure high schools provide all students experiences that prepare them for success in college, work, and life.
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March 9, 2021

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Preparing Students for Careers

A collection of fact sheets on three policy areas states have used to advanced career readiness: graduation pathways, competency-based policies, and accountability systems.
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June 5, 2020

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May 27, 2020

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Creating Career and Technical Education Pathways That Support Equitable Opportunities for Students

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November 22, 2019

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September 16, 2019

Publication | Career and Technical Education

Perkins Career and Technical Education Primer: Special Populations

A summary of supports for “special populations” in Perkins V to recruit and retain students in high-quality CTE programs and improve their academic outcomes.
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August 15, 2019

Publication | Career and Technical Education, College and Career Pathways, Every Student Succeeds Act, High Schools

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

All4Ed’s joint recommendations to advance equity and quality as states develop four-year Perkins V state plans for career and technical education programs.
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February 15, 2019

Federal Flash | Career and Technical Education, Congress, Federal Education Budget, Opportunity to Learn, Other Priorities

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