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The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act was signed into law on July 31, 2018. Commonly referred to as Perkins V, the federal law reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, which provides almost $1.2 billion in federal support for career and technical education (CTE) programs in all 50 states and U.S. territories, including support for integrated career pathway programs for students. Iowa receives nearly $12 million annually in federal funds, divided between secondary and postsecondary CTE programs delivered through public school districts and community colleges.
Iowa’s state plan for meeting requirements of Perkins V, and the related secondary and postsecondary accountability performance targets, may be viewed below.
"Congress made accountability for results a central focus of Perkins V, setting out new performance requirements for States and local programs. These requirements were established to assess the effectiveness of the State in achieving statewide progress in career and technical education and to optimize the return on investment of Federal funds in career and technical education." Perkins Collaborative Resource Network
"The data explored in this story highlight CTE access, participation, and educational and labor market outcomes. They tell an interesting story of the potential benefits of a concentrated sequence of CTE courses in high school. Concentrating in CTE can provide students with a strong foundation of technical knowledge and employability skills to complement their academic studies and prepare them for both college and career options."
Under Perkins V, states are required to report annually on core indicators of performance for both secondary and postsecondary. States are also required to report disaggregated data on the performance of students by race, ethnicity, gender, and special population categories. Grant recipients should analyze their performance results, which can be utilized in budget and program evaluation.
Work-Based Learning Perkins V Performance Indicator Component in Iowa
Perkins V Work-Based Learning Defined from Sec. 3 [20 U.S.C. 2302] 55: Sustained interactions with industry or community professionals in real workplace settings, to the extent practicable, or simulated environments at an educational institution that foster in-depth, firsthand engagement with the tasks required in a given career field, that are aligned to curriculum and instruction.
- Internships, pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, and qualified service area options. Information is available on the Department’s Work-Based Learning Website including details on an overview of the components, reporting, and resources for districts.
- School-based enterprise registered with the Iowa Department of Education through an annual application and include the required standards in the curriculum for the students.
Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA)
The Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA) instructional videos below are provided as a reference to learn more about the CLNA process and to provide secondary and postsecondary education entities the necessary tools and resources to drive continuous improvement in CTE programs.
Introduction to the CLNA
Element 1 Student Performance Data
Element 2 Size, Scope and Quality; Programs of Study
Element 3 Labor Market Information
Element 4 Recruitment, Retention of Educators
Element 5 Equity and Access
Element 6 Building/Program Safety
Budget, Application and Next Steps in the CLNA
Perkins Local Application
The FY21 Perkins V Secondary and Postsecondary applications are posted in funding opportunities in the IowaGrants.gov system. The pre-application deadline is June 30, 2020 and the full application deadline is September 30, 2020. The following guidance, memos and videos provide more information and assistance with completing the application.
Perkins V Secondary and Post Secondary Monitoring