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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. 

Illinois will need 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

Perkins State Plan for CTE - Draft 2

View Draft 2 of Illinois' Perkins State Plan​​ for CTEPDF Document.

Send your feedback on Draft 2 to perkins@isbe.net. Join us at one of the sessions below to learn more about Draft 2 of the plan and give us your feedback in person!

  • 3-5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28 - Regional Office of Education 9, Media Center, 3358 Big Pine Trail, Champaign
  • 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29 - East St. Louis Higher Education Center, Building B, Learning Resource Center, 601 James R Thompson Blvd., East St. Louis
  • 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29 - Continental Tire, 11525 N. Illinois Hwy 142, Mt. Vernon
  • 3:30-5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30 - Bremen High School, IMC Presentation Room, 15203 S. Pulaski Rd., Midlothian

Perkins Performance Levels and Quality Indicators Feedback Survey​

Perkins V requires the state to determine performance indicators and levels to measure the effectiveness of state and local career and technical education (CTE) programs. The Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Community College Board request your feedback on the proposed state-determined program quality indicators and performance levels. Please complete the survey online by Feb.1.

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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 (w/ local plan and comprehensive needs assessment) released for 30-day Public Comment Period
  • April 2020All Data Reporting Closes
  • M​ay 1After Integrating All Feedback, Board Approvals, and Governor’s Signature, Submit State Plan to USDOE

 Perkins CTE Transition Plan

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