The President signed the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 2006 (which will be often referred to as “Perkins IV”), into law on August 12, 2006. The new Act will provide an increased focus on the academic achievement of career and technical education students, strengthen the connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and improve state and local accountability. This page provides current information on the Department’s efforts to implement the new Act.
Purpose for Perkins
- The purpose of Perkins is to fully develop the academic and career and technical skills of secondary students and postsecondary students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs by:
- developing challenging academic and technical standards and assisting students in meeting such standards;
- promoting the development of services and activities that integrate rigorous and challenging academic and career and technical instruction;
- promoting activities that link secondary education and postsecondary education for students participating in career and technical education;
- increasing State and local flexibility in providing CTE services and activities;
- conducting and disseminating national research and information on best practices that improve CTE;
- providing technical assistance that promotes leadership and professional development and improves the quality of CTE teachers, faculty, administrators, and counselors;
- supporting partnerships among secondary, postsecondary, and baccalaureate degree-granting institutions, local workforce investment boards, and business and industry; and
- providing individuals with opportunities throughout their lifetimes to develop the knowledge and skills needed to keep the United States competitive.