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The federal reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act named Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act also known as Perkins V was signed into law by the President on July 31, 2018. The purpose of this Act 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 CTE​ programs and programs of study. Perkins V requires secondary, postsecondary and business/industry to work together to strengthen career and technical education for students. 

Perkins V requires Illinois to submit a transition plan in April 2019 and a 4 year state plan in April 2020. The development of the plan aligns with other statewide efforts, including Postsecondary Workforce Readiness Act (PWR) Illinois’ competency-based learning pilot, Postsecondary and Career Expectations framework (PACE)PDF Document, college and career pathway endorsements and Transitional Math,  Illinois' 60 x 2025,  ​Career Pathways DictionaryPDF Document and ISBE College and Career Readiness IndicatorsPDF Document for accountability under ESSA, Dual Credit Quality Act  and the Expanding Career Pathway Opportunities in Adult Education​PDF Document. ​​

New Information for Perkins V

COVID-19 Fiscal Waiver - Perkins

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released an expedited waiver opportunity for the extension of Perkins funding. The approval process for this waiver was expedited due to the pandemic.  This meant that the public comment period, required when waivers are submitted to ED in other instances, could occur after the submission of an application. 
ISBE applied and received approval for the Perkins waiver. While the waiver application and approval process was expedited, ED requests that States still collect public comment.  The application ISBE submitted is linked below. Please submit any comments on the Perkins Fiscal waiver application by June 27, 2020 to cte@isbe.net.


The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) want to thank you for your feedback on Illinois’ Perkins Draft State Plan for Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). The final state plan was submitted by April 15, 2020 to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) after Governor Pritzker and ISBE and ICCB Board approval. The plan was approved by ED on May 22, 2020.

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Perkins V Timeline

  • ​Spring 2019State Pla​n Work Group Convenes and Provides Recommendations to Inform Plan​
  • May 2019Submit Transition Plan (FY2020)
  • Summer 2019Release Performance Targets for 60-day Public Comment Period
  • Fall 2019​State Plan Draft 1 (w/ local application and comprehensive needs assessment) released for 30-day Public Comment Period
  • Winter 2019-2020State Plan Draft 2 and CTE Program Quality Indicators and Performance Levels released for Public Comment Periods
  • April 15After Integrating All Feedback, Board Approvals, and Governor’s Signature, Submit State Plan to USDOE

 Perkins CTE Transition Plan

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