Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act


Status: On July 31, 2018, the President signed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act into lawThis bill reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins) and will be referred to as Perkins V.

Purpose: Perkins is dedicated to increasing learner access to high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study. With a focus on systems alignment and program improvement, Perkins is critical to ensuring that programs are prepared to meet the ever-changing needs of learners and employers. Perkins reflects the 100-year federal commitment to 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 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.

Resources on Perkins V

  • Perkins V (July 2018)
    Full text of Perkins V (The Strengthening Carer and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act)
  • Perkins V Redline (August 2018)
    This document shows how the text of Perkins V compares to Perkins IV

Resources on Perkins IV 

  • Perkins Collaborative Resource Network
    The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education Division of Academic and Technical Education website with information on Perkins, including non-regulatory guidance, state profiles, performance data and more

Resources on the Federal Investment in Perkins

Advance CTE Members can also access additional resources on Perkins funding and uses.