Preparing for the Reauthorization of the Perkins Act

I wanted to share with you important contents that Brett Pawlowski, Executive Vice President of NC3T, shared today in our Engage-Connect newsletter.
“Another year has come and gone without a reauthorization of the Perkins Act, and those who follow the process closely aren’t sure when we’ll see something pass. The good news, however, is that we have a very good idea as to what it will look like when it ultimately does happen, and that it shouldn’t turn our worlds upside down. As ACTE and Advance CTE note, “Broadly speaking, HR 2354 can best be understood as a moderate proposal that does not fundamentally change the major contours of existing Perkins law. Instead, the bill makes many modifications within the current structure of Perkins while largely retaining its overall shape.”

Given that this version of Perkins (or one awfully close to it) will pass sooner or later, it’s smart to start thinking about how you’ll respond, and ideally start to do that work now in order to make that change as smooth as possible. So think about some of the changes and how you can prepare to accommodate them:
  • The proposed language revises or adds 21 definitions, including changes to core definitions such as CTE and Programs of Study and new definitions such as work-based learning. This is partly to align Perkins with ESSA and WIOA and partly to help clarify the way we talk about CTE.
  • There are secondary and post-secondary indicators of performance for participants and concentrators which must be accommodated; fortunately, many of these, such as graduation rates, are already in wide use.
  • Local plans will now need to report on the results of a comprehensive needs assessment done in partnership with representatives of multiple stakeholder groups; this assessment must be done every two years. Further, local uses of funds must be tied to the result of the local needs assessment.

    There’s much more detail in the ACTE/Advance CTE analysis, which I would highly recommend. And as you think about reform and improvement of your CTE and pathways work, please let us know how we can help via technical assistance, professional development, and other kinds of support.”