Carl D. Perkins Legislation

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act of 2018, also known as Perkins V, was designed to improve and expand high-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that meet both student and employer needs. It maintains a strong focus on academic rigor in CTE programs, while also emphasizing development of technical skills and employability skills that prepare students to be career and college ready after graduation. Perkins V promotes stronger connections between secondary and postsecondary education through greater emphasis on Programs of Study (POS), and stronger connections between education and industry through greater emphasis on work-based learning (WBL) experiences and industry-recognized credentials.

Implementation of Perkins V ensures that career and technical education programs are an integral part of a well-rounded secondary education, meeting the needs of students and educational systems as part of Minnesota’s “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) plan. Learn more about Minnesota’s ESSA plan here.

Minnesota uses the consortium model of secondary and postsecondary partnerships to facilitate allocation of Perkins V federal grant funds intended to spur innovation and support programs of study aligned with high-skill, high-wage, or in-demand occupations or industries. In order to access Perkins grant funds, local school districts must have approved CTE programs taught by appropriately-licensed CTE teachers. Teachers and administrators seeking assistance with compliance issues related to Perkins V implementation are encouraged to contact their consortium leaders.

Perkins V reauthorizes previous Perkins legislation. Minnesota has developed a transition plan for the 2019-20 school year, with full implementation of Perkins V set to begin on July 1, 2020. As part of the preparation for full Perkins V implementation, each consortia will conduct a Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA) which will guide the development of their two-year consortia plans and priorities. Access the CLNA Reporting Framework here. Resources provided below will provide information and guidance for understanding the new Perkins V legislation and its implications.