Carl D. Perkins Legislation

Perkins IV Legislation

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 was designed to improve and expand services for students enrolled in career technical education (CTE) programs. It provides an increased focus on the academic achievement of CTE students, strengthening the connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and improving state and local accountability. Access the full-length Perkins IV law.

Minnesota’s statewide plan has incorporated five goal areas to address from the Perkins legislation. These include:

  • Goal 1: Designing and Implementing Programs of Study
  • Goal 2: Effectively Utilize Employer, Community, and Education Partnerships
  • Goal 3: Improve Service to Special Populations
  • Goal 4: Provide a Continuum of Service Provision for Enabling Student Transitions
  • Goal 5: Sustaining the Consortium of Secondary and Postsecondary Institutions

The implementation of the Perkins Act ensures that career 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 utilizes the consortium model of secondary and postsecondary partnerships to facilitate allocation of Carl D. Perkins IV federal grant funds. 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 Act implementation are encouraged to contact their consortium leaders.

Perkins V Legislation

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, also known as Perkins V, was signed into law by President Trump on July 31, 2018, and goes into effect July 1, 2019. Perkins V provides the charge and funding to support high-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs that meet both student and employer needs.  Perkins V reauthorizes previous Perkins legislation, with changes that will provide new opportunities for district and schools. Minnesota will develop a transition plan for the 2019-20 school year, with full implementation of Perkins V set to begin July 1, 2020. Resources provided below will provide information and guidance for understanding the new Perkins V legislation and its implications.