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),
college and career pathway endorsements and
Transitional Math, Illinois' 60 x 2025, Career Pathways Dictionary and
ISBE College and Career Readiness Indicators for accountability under ESSA,
Dual Credit Quality Act and the
Expanding Career Pathway Opportunities in Adult Education.
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