Project Title: Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V)
Public Law 115-224
CFDA Code: 84.048A
Funding Period: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
Each local education agency is allocated funds based on a formula prescribed by the Act. Eligible recipients may submit a local plan as an individual applicant or as a member of a consortium. To apply as an individual applicant, secondary school districts must have a minimum allocation of $15,000. A consortium must consist of two or more secondary school districts that have a combined allocation that exceeds $15,000.
Purpose of Grant
“The purpose of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) is to develop more fully the academic knowledge and technical and employability skills of secondary education students and postsecondary education students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs and programs of study, by:
1. Building on the efforts of States and localities to develop challenging academic and technical standards and to assist students in meeting such standards, including preparation for high skill, high wage, or in-demand occupations in current or emerging professions;
2. Promoting the development of services and activities that integrate rigorous and challenging academic and career and technical instruction, and that link secondary and postsecondary education for participating career and technical education students;
3. Increasing State and local flexibility in providing services and activities designed to implement, develop, and improve career and technical education;
4. Conducting and disseminating national research and disseminating information on best practices that, prove career and technical education programs and programs of study, services, and activities;
5. Providing technical assistance which-
- promotes leadership, initial preparation, and professional development at the State and Local levels; and
- improves the quality of career and technical education teachers, faculty, administrators, and counselors;
6. Supporting partnerships among secondary schools, postsecondary institutions, baccalaureate degree granting institutions, area career and technical education schools, local workforce investment boards, business and industry, and intermediaries;
7. Providing individuals with opportunities throughout their lifetimes to develop, in conjunction with other education and training programs, the knowledge and skills needed to keep the United States competitive; and
8. Increasing the employment opportunities for populations who are chronically unemployed or underemployed, including individuals with disabilities, individuals from economically disadvantaged families, out-of-workforce individuals, youth who are in, or have aged out of, the foster care system, and homeless individuals."
A summary and the full text of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act can be accessed by clicking here.
The full text of Iowa's State Plan may be viewed on the Department’s website by clicking here.
Major Tenets of Perkins V
Major Tenet 1:
- Maintains commitment to programs of study
- Introduces comprehensive local needs assessment
- Adds a new competitive grant program that focuses on innovation and modernization
- Increased focus on alignment to labor market needs
- Strong focus on equity, including a new purpose on increasing opportunities for special populations
Major Tenet 2:
- Retains governance structure
- Allows support for career exploration in the middle grades 5-8; i.e. the "middle grades"
- Steers the Perkins Reserve Funds toward developing strategic investments and innovations in:
- high demand career academies
- with integrated work-based learning
- regional center development
- career and technical student organizations (CTSOs); and
- accelerated, vertically integrated pathways to credentials of value
Major Tenet 3:
- Defines who is included in the accountability system
- Changes the process for setting performance targets
- Includes a strengthened stakeholder engagement process
- Focuses on the disaggregation of data
- Allows the state to choose from one of the following targets:
- student attainment of recognized postsecondary credentials
- student attainment of postsecondary credits in their CTE program/program of study; or
- percentage of students participating in work-based learning
Programs of Study in Perkins V are defined as the following:
The term 'program of study' means a coordinated, nonduplicative sequence of academic and technical content at the secondary and postsecondary level that--
A. Incorporates challenging State academic standards, including those adopted by a state under section 1111(b)(1) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965;
B. Addresses both academic and technical knowledge and skills, including employability skills
C. Is aligned with the needs of industries in the economy of the State, Region, Tribal community, or local area;
D. Progresses in specificity beginning with all aspects of an industry or career cluster and leading to more occupation-specific instruction;
E. Has multiple entries and exit points that incorporate credentialing; and
F. Culminates in the attainment of a recognized postsecondary credential.
It is the policy of the Iowa Department of Education not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, political party affiliation, or actual or potential parental, family or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code sections 216.9 and 256.10(2), Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C.§§ 1681 – 1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.). If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy by the Iowa Department of Education, please contact the legal counsel for the Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0146, telephone number: 515-281-5295, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-4544, telephone number: 312-730- 1560, FAX number: 312-730-1576, TDD number: 877-521-2172, email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.