On July 31, 2018, the President signed into law the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), reauthorizing the existing Perkins IV law. Perkins V will take affect on July 01, 2019, with the first year being a transition year. See our Perkins Reauthorization web page for additional information and resources.
The Carl D. Perkins Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) is the most important piece of legislation affecting career and technical education (CTE) in Illinois. Perkins IV focuses state and local efforts on continuously improving programs to facilitate the academic achievement of CTE students by:
- Strengthening the connections between secondary and postsecondary education;
- Restructuring the way stakeholders – high schools, community colleges, universities, business and parents – work together;
- Increasing state and local accountability standards.
Several themes are evident in Perkins IV:
- Accountability for results and program improvement at all educational levels
- Coordination of CTE with the entire P-20 system
- Integration of academics and CTE
- Alignment and connections between secondary and postsecondary education, including baccalaureate
- Involvement of business and industry, and community-based partners