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The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, commonly referred to as Perkins V, was signed into law on July 31, 2018. This federal law reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, which provides almost $1.43 billion in federal support for career and technical education (CTE) programs in all 50 states and U.S. territories, including support for integrated career pathway programs for students. Iowa receives nearly $13.9 million annually in federal funds, divided between secondary and postsecondary CTE programs delivered through public school districts and community colleges.
Perkins V State Plan
Iowa’s state plan for meeting requirements of Perkins V, and the related secondary and postsecondary accountability performance targets, may be viewed below.
The Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act for the 21st Century (i.e., Perkins V) introduced the concept of the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA). The needs assessment is to be used by each eligible recipient as a guidepost, informing the development of the local application and, in particular, how the eligible recipient uses its federal Perkins funds. Learn more about Iowa's CLNA process.
"Congress made accountability for results a central focus of Perkins V, setting out new performance requirements for States and local programs. These requirements were established to assess the effectiveness of the State in achieving statewide progress in career and technical education and to optimize the return on investment of Federal funds in career and technical education." Perkins Collaborative Resource Network
"The data explored in this story highlight CTE access, participation, and educational and labor market outcomes. They tell an interesting story of the potential benefits of a concentrated sequence of CTE courses in high school. Concentrating in CTE can provide students with a strong foundation of technical knowledge and employability skills to complement their academic studies and prepare them for both college and career options."
Under Perkins V, states are required to report annually on core indicators of performance for both secondary and postsecondary. States are also required to report disaggregated data on the performance of students by race, ethnicity, gender, and special population categories. Grant recipients should analyze their performance results, which can be utilized in budget and program evaluation.
|1S1||Four-Year Graduation Rate||93.00%||93.25%||93.50%||93.75%|
|2S1||Academic Proficiency in English Language Arts||66.00%||66.25%||66.50%||66.75%|
|2S2||Academic Proficiency in Mathematics||62.00%||62.25%||62.50%||62.75%|
|2S3||Academic Proficiency in Science||58.25%||58.50%||58.75%||59.00%|
|4S1||Nontraditional Program Concentration||14.60%||15.00%||15.25%||15.50%|
|5S3||Participated in Work-Based Learning||7.00%||8.00%||9.00%||10.00%|
|2P1||Earned Recognized Postsecondary Credential||50.32%||50.50%||50.75%||51.00%|
|3P1||Nontraditional Program Concentration||9.75%||10.00%||10.25%||10.00%|
Perkins V Secondary Performance Indicator: Work-Based Learning
Perkins V Work-Based Learning Defined from Sec. 3 [20 U.S.C. 2302] 55: Sustained interactions with industry or community professionals in real workplace settings, to the extent practicable, or simulated environments at an educational institution that foster in-depth, firsthand engagement with the tasks required in a given career field, that are aligned to curriculum and instruction.
Iowa Perkins V Reserve Funding Projects
The Iowa Perkins State Plan provides the opportunity to use reserve funds to help establish new College and Career Transition Counselor (CCTC) positions across Iowa. Through a competitive application process, the CCTC Partnership steering committee will award small grants across the state to community colleges that partner with school districts in their service area. Learn more about these positions and grant funding opportunities.
Perkins Local Application
The FY24 Perkins V Secondary and Postsecondary applications are posted in funding opportunities in the IowaGrants.gov system. The application deadline is June 30, 2023. The following guidance, memos, and videos provide more information and assistance for completing the application.
Accounting for Perkins Funds
Pell Audit Guidance
Perkins V Claim Resources
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|Documents and Links|
|Allowable and Unallowable Expenditures||Perkins V Allowable and Unallowable Expenditures - AY 2023-24 - Document includes links to the required approval forms or contact responsible for reviewing and granting the prior approval.|
|Timelines and Due Dates FY24 Webinar Recording (9-27-23 Claims Webinar Series)||Timelines and Due Dates FY 24 Webinar PowerPoint (9-27-23)|
|Assurances and Certifications|
|Claim Updates and FAQs||Claim Updates and FAQs Presentation Slides|
|Prior Approval Forms|
|Instructions||Embed a CTSO Invoice Instructions|
|Accountability and Monitoring Webinar Recording (11-8-23)||2023-11-08 Accountability and Monitoring Webinar PowerPoint|