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Perkins is dedicated to increasing learner access to high-quality CTE programs of study. Perkins is critical to ensuring that programs are prepared to meet the ever-changing needs of learners and employers.

On July 31, 2018, the President signed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act into law. This bill reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) and is referred to as Perkins V.

Perkins V reflects the 100-year federal commitment to Career Technical Education (CTE) by providing federal support for CTE programs and focuses on improving the academic and technical achievement of CTE students, strengthening the connections between secondary and postsecondary education and improving accountability. Perkins V affords states and local communities the opportunity to implement a vision for CTE that uniquely supports the range of educational needs of students — exploration through career preparation — and balances those student needs with the current and emerging needs of the economy.

Perkins V Implementation Resources
  • State Plan Guide (April 2019)
    This guide from the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) contains the details about the requirements for the Perkins V one-year transition plan (due Spring 2019), the four-year state plan (due Spring 2020) and additional details about OCTAE's interpretation of Perkins V.
  • Consolidated Annual Report (CAR) Guide (June 2019)
    This guide from the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) contains the details about the requirements for submitting the annual CAR reports. 
  • Perkins V State Plan Approvals Guide (May 2020)
    Refer to this guide for statuses on state plan approvals by The U.S. Department of Education Office of Career and Technical Adult Education (OCTAE), viewing full state plans and leveraging state resources. 
  • 2020 Nontraditional Crosswalk (October 2020)
    To assist states and local recipients in identifying CTE programs and programs of study that prepare individuals for nontraditional fields, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) developed the 2020 Nontraditional Crosswalk. States can use this crosswalk along with other data sources, and review the results of their CIP matching to the crosswalk.

Find all Perkins V implementation resources in the Perkins Virtual Resource Table and in the Learning that Works Resource Center.

Perkins V Policy Resources

Perkins V Text and Comparisons to Perkins IV

Perkins V Summaries and Analyses

Perkins IV Resources
Federal Investment in Perkins Resources