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 crosswalk tool designed to support state-level discussions about and the coordination of state- and federally required needs assessments, such as the required under Perkins V, the Every Student Succeeds Act and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. To access the Excel 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.