The new comprehensive local needs assessment (CLNA) is one of the most significant changes introduced in the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). The purpose of the CLNA is to support data-driven decisionmaking and more closely align planning, spending and accountability activities under Perkins V to provide focus at the local level. Advance CTE convened a Shared Solutions Workgroup – comprised of state and national leaders – charged with developing thoughtful and forward-looking resources that help states maximize the opportunity of the CLNA. As a result of this Workgroup, Advance CTE developed a tool to help states identify the major decision points that will impact the design, development and implementation of their CLNA and related local application. In addition, this tool provides a bank of questions to draw from to help states create a template that elevates and addresses state and local priorities. To access the Microsfot Word version of the tool, click here.
The Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment Shared Solutions Workgroup, convened by Advance CTE with support from the Association for Career and Technical Education, is generously funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.