The purpose of the "Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006" is to develop more fully the academic and career and technical skills of secondary education students and postsecondary education students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs by:
- Building on the efforts of states and localities to develop challenging academic and technical standards and to assist students in meeting such standards, including preparation for high skill, high wage, or high demand occupations in current or emerging professions;
- Promoting the development of services and activities that integrate rigorous and challenging academic and career and technical instruction, and that link secondary education and postsecondary education for participating career and technical education students;
- Increasing state and local flexibility in providing services and activities designed to develop, implement, and improve career and technical education, including Tech Prep education;
- Conducting and disseminating national research and disseminating information on best practices that improve career and technical education programs, services, and activities;
- Providing technical assistance that promotes leadership, initial preparation, and professional development at the state and local levels;
- Improving the quality of career and technical education teachers, faculty, administrators, and counselors;
- Supporting partnerships among secondary schools, postsecondary institutions, baccalaureate degree granting institutions, area career and technical education schools, local workforce investment boards, business and industry, and intermediaries; and
- Providing individuals with opportunities throughout their lifetimes to develop, in conjunction with other education and training programs, the knowledge and skills needed to keep the United States competitive.
Perkins V 4-Year State Plan modification
Based on Stakeholder feedback during the comment period, the Department after consulting with the US Department of Education has modified three State Determined Levels of Performance. This is outlined on page 50 of the draft 4-year Perkins V State Plan. Academic Proficiency in Science is not an accountability measure under Perkins V, nor are results on the Science assessment included in the federal accountability system required by ESSA, so it will not be required. Working with the US Department of Education, it was determined to establish 25% as the target for the non-traditional indicators. For both the secondary and postsecondary Non-traditional Program Concentration indicator, the Department has developed a Performance Target Increment of .43 for Secondary Non-Traditional Program Concentration and .15 Performance Target Increment for Postsecondary Non-Traditional Program Concentration.
The revised levels of performance are found on pages 60 and 61.