In the summer of 2018, The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) was reauthorized, continuing the investment in secondary and postsecondary Career Technical Education (CTE) programs across the nation. Last Fall, Advance CTE provided an analysis of all 50 states and Washington D.C.'s Perkins V plans, identifying common aspects that are indicative of a comprehensive and cohesive state plan, a number of which go beyond the law’s requirements and expectations to achieve a CTE without limits. This resource builds on the knowledge from Advance CTE's review of state Perkins V plans to share promising practices and strategies for state CTE leaders to leverage when implementing their state plans regarding equity and special populations as defined in Perkins V.
Perkins V encourages states to promote equity in CTE through data analysis, funding, technical assistance, professional development and regular engagement of stakeholders representing learners with special population status. This resource discusses the mechanisms in Perkins V dedicated to closing equity gaps and addressing the individualized needs of each learner under Perkins V, as well as examples of how states are successfully approaching this work.