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Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century

The Perkins V Act is dedicated to increasing learner access to high-quality Career and Technical programs of study. It provides dedicated resources to implement programs and support the range of educational needs of students from exploration through career preparation. The addition of the required comprehensive local needs assessment strives to provide a balance between student needs with the current and emerging economic needs. 

Announcement: Public Comment Notice 3/22/2021 for Secondary Performance Levels

Minnesota is currently seeking public comment on updated state determined Career and Technical performance levels for accountability, as defined by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V).

In March 2020, Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-01, declaring a peacetime emergency for Minnesota in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The peacetime emergency resulted in many unanticipated consequences within the CTE Concentrator population and Minnesota’s ability to meet current state-determined performance levels. Therefore, it was determined that updating secondary accountability State-Determined Levels of Performance was essential.

Deadline to Comment: The public comment period on the proposed performance levels will be open from March 22, 2021 through April 21, 2021 to provide input to the secondary core indicator changes.

Click on the public comment bar below for details and instructions on submitting your comments.

The Minnesota 4-Year State Plan

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) contain the vision and strategies for career and technical education development, innovation, support and improvement that the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the Minnesota Department of Education, and local consortia—including their partners—have developed.

Minnesota State and the Minnesota Department of Education have developed five strategic directions.

Advancing Career and Technical Education 

  • Comprehensive Needs Assessment
  • Accountability
  • Outreach
  • Awareness and Communication

Career-Connected Learning

  • Career Pathways
    • Programs of Study
  • Career Preparation
    • Work-based Learning

Integrated Network

  • Business and Industry
  • State and federal programs; state agencies
  • Educational Partners
  • Consortia/Minnesota State/Minnesota Department of Education

Equity and Inclusion

  • Service Partnerships 
  • Providing resources
  • Data management

Knowledgeable Experts

  • Professional development and technical assistance
  • Licensure Preparation Programs
  • Mentor/mentee relationships
  • Consortia leadership


Minnesota 4-Year State Plan for the Implementation of Perkins V

  • Year 1: July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021
  • Year 2: July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022
  • Year 3: July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023
  • Year 4: July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024

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