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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

Check out the new Illinois Perkins Transition plan:

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) will be holding regional events to share the state’s draft Perkins V Plan (Career and Technical Education).

Time will be allotted for feedback and discussion.

​Please consider participating in one of the four listening sessions as the State explores and explains the draft Perkins V Plan.

  • October 7, 2019:  Pre-Tour - 4:00pm - 4:45pm; Listening Session - 5:00pm - 7:00pm Buffalo Grove High School, Library, 1100 W. Dundee Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
  • October 10, 2019:  4:00pm - 6:00pm Wilco Area Career Center, Room A-114, 500 Wilco Blvd., Romeoville, IL 60446
  • October 23, 2019:  4:00pm - 6:00pm Richland Community College, Shilling Education Center, Salon 1, One College Park, Decatur, IL 62521
  • October 24, 2019:  4:00pm - 6:00pm Kaskaskia College - Lifelong Learning Center, 27210 College Rd., Centralia, IL 62801
  • October 25, 2019:  4:00pm - 6:00pm Chicago Public Schools District Office, CPS Board Room, 42 W. Madison St, Chicago, IL 60602

This event is for any interested member of the public, including but not limited to:
  • students and parents;
  • career and technical education practitioners;
  • high school and community college administrators, teachers, and faculty;
  • business and industry (including labor organizations);
  • members of special populations including:
    • individuals with disabilities;
    • individuals from economically disadvantaged families (including low-income youth and adults);
    • individuals preparing for non-traditional fields;
    • single parents (including single pregnant women);
    • out-of-workforce individuals;
    • English learners;
    • homeless individuals;
    • youth who are in, or have aged out of, the foster care system;
    • youth with a parent who is a member of the armed forces and is on active duty;
    • local workforce board staff;
    • community-based organizations;
    • ​Adult Education administrators; and
    • community members.​

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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

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