Iowa Department of Education seeks public comment on revised Perkins V state plan
The Iowa Department of Education is seeking comment on a proposed revision to the state plan for the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for 21st Century Act, commonly known as Perkins V.
The U.S. Department of Education allows for revisions to performance measures within Perkins V state plans when changes occur related to the improvement in data or measurement approaches. Due to newly updated data, the department has proposed a change to the following performance measure in Iowa’s state plan:
A student gets counted under this indicator if individuals from their gender comprise less than 25 percent of the individuals employed in the related occupation or field of work.
Under this performance measure, the public is invited to review the proposed changes to the State Determined Level of Performance targets and submit comments at https://bit.ly/3bwd0by. Comments will be collected through April 9.
Iowa Department of Education officials have also scheduled two virtual public hearings to record additional feedback on the proposed revision. Both hearings are scheduled for Wednesday, March 17, with the first session from 8 to 9 a.m. and the second from 4 to 5 p.m. All participants can link to the public hearings via Zoom.
Perkins V is the federal law that reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 and bestows nearly $1.2 billion to all 50 states and U.S. territories for career and technical education (CTE) programs. In Iowa, $12 million in Perkins funds are allocated for secondary and postsecondary CTE programs at public school districts and community colleges. CTE programs provide a valuable experience through hands-on training and education for students preparing for their future careers.