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The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act was signed into law on July 31, 2018. Commonly referred to as Perkins V, the federal law reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, which provides almost $1.2 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 $12 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.

Iowa 4-year Perkins State Plan

Iowa Perkins State Plan Approval Letter


"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.

Secondary Perkins V Performance Indicator Reference

Postsecondary Perkins V Performance Indicators Reference

Work-Based Learning Perkins V Performance Indicator Component in Iowa

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.

  • Internships, pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, and qualified service area options. Information is available on the Department’s Work-Based Learning Website including details on an overview of the components, reporting, and resources for districts.
  • School-based enterprise registered with the Iowa Department of Education through an annual application and include the required standards in the curriculum for the students.

Iowa Perkins V Reserve Funding Projects

College and Career Transition Counselors: The College and Career Transition Counselor (CCTC) project creates counselor positions to work directly through community colleges and partner high schools across Iowa. The Iowa Perkins State Plan provides the opportunity to use reserve funds for areas of need that directly connect to students in secondary and postsecondary arenas. Use of the reserve funds will help establish the CCTC positions across Iowa. Through the 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. Each partnership will hire a CCTC whose main focus will be to work with students in grades 11 and 12 and as the first-year advisor at the community college for students from the partner school districts. View the College and Career Transition Counselor Toolkit for more information on this initiative.  

College and Career Readiness Informational Zoom Recording

College and Career Transition Counselor Presentation

College and Career Transition Counselor Q&A Notes

Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA)

CLNA Regional Phase Local Worksheet (School Districts, Consortium, Community College) 2021

Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment Signature Sheet - fillable

Perkins Local Application

The FY21 Perkins V Secondary and Postsecondary applications are posted in funding opportunities in the system. The pre-application deadline is June 30, 2020 and the full application deadline is September 30, 2020. The following guidance, memos and videos provide more information and assistance with completing the application.


FY21 Perkins Grant Application: General Guidance for Submission


FY21 Perkins Grants and Local Perkins Applications

Consortium Requirements for Distribution of Perkins Funds to Secondary Education


FY21 Perkins V Pre-Application

FY21 Perkins Vi Final Application

Accounting for Perkins Funds

Accounting for Perkins Funds: Consortia

Iowa Grants Guidance

FY21 Perkins Grant Application: General Guidance for Submission

Perkins V Claim Resources

Slide Deck Presentations Instructions & Resources Templates Memos Recordings 
Allowable Use of Funds Steps for Submitting a Claim Template 1 CTSO Memberships November 3 Webinar Recording
Budget Amendment Embed a CTSO Invoice Template 2 Timelines FY2021  

Assurances & Certifications

Claims Template Instructions

Equipment & Supply Checkout Template

Middle School Requirements  
Inventory Management Allowable & Unallowable Costs Equipment Inventory Template 2017-2021    

Perkins FAQ & Perkins Federally Required Policies and Procedures


Perkins-Funded Equipment Guidelines

Perkins Equipment Guidelines

Perkins Equipment Disposition Form

Perkins-funded Equipment Inventory Template


Perkins Bill

Perkins V

Post-Secondary Information

Post-Secondary Perkins Certified Annual Report Documentation

Perkins V Secondary and Post Secondary Monitoring

Community College Perkins Desk Audit Form

Secondary Perkins Desk Audit Form


Perkins V Informational Meeting - February 15, 2019 AM

Perkins V Informational Meeting - February 15, 2019 PM

Perkins V Informational Meeting - PowerPoint

Next Steps Working Group Presentation from 10-25-18


Perkins V Plan Timeline


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 14, 2021 at 1:42am.