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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

Continuous Improvement in CTE Programs of Study Recorded Webinar and Feedback

Please view the recorded Continuous Improvement in CTE Programs of Study webinar to learn about efforts of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Community College Board to provide secondary and postsecondary education entities the necessary tools and resources to drive continuous improvement in CTE programs. ISBE welcomes your feedback on the following draft Program of Study tools and resources by filling out the Program of Study Survey no later than Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

March 18, 2020 - Continuous Improvement in CTE Programs of Study

ISBE also welcomes feedback on the School Year 2021 Proposed CTE Program Matrices Survey​ no later than Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

Perkins State Plan for CTE - Draft 3

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). Draft 3 was presented to ISBE’s Board on February 18, 2020 and on March 18 for final approval. The final state plan will be submitted on April 15, 2020.

​Perkins V Planning Resources

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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

 Webinars and Presentations


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