Career and Technical Education

Perkins Accountability

Published: 2/24/2020 10:22 AM
Career and Technical Education in Kentucky is responsible for meeting the performance measures outlined in the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act in order to receive federal funding.

Perkins V Draft State Plan
Based on recent public input, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking feedback on its revised DRAFT of the Carl D. Perkins State Plan, also known as Perkins V or the "Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century" Act. Due to these changes, stakeholders are afforded the opportunity to share their thoughts and feedback through an additional public comment window that will begin on February 14, 2020 and conclude on March 1, 2020. The most recent amendments relate to the operational definitions of "size, scope and quality" for both secondary and postsecondary programs and are reflected on pages 35 and 69 of the draft plan.  All comments should be sent to OCTESTinfo@education.ky.gov by the close-of-business (4:00 p.m. ET) on March 1.

Perkins Performance Measures

Kentucky has identified four major performance measures:  (1) academic and technical skill achievement; (2) attainment of secondary school diploma; (3) placement in, retention in, and completion of postsecondary education, military service, or employment; and (4) participation in nontraditional CTE programs that lead to nontraditional training and employment.

Uses of Perkins Funds

Perkins legislation outlines that the use of funds must fall into two categories:  Required and Permissive.  The nine required uses of funds and the permissive uses with samples of expenditures may be found here.  Documentation is needed at the local level (Central Office) which justifies the nine required uses of the funds.  The district must meet the required uses of funds, not each school.  Some examples of how to document the nine required uses may also be found here.  Please find additional resources on the right.

Advisory Committees

To maintain Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs that meet current occupational needs, CTE educators rely heavily on advice from business and industry.
An Advisory Committee is a group of persons outside the education profession, made up of employers, intermediaries (Chambers of Commerce, Health Department, Extension Agents, etc.), and parents recognized and respected in their own fields of work who advise CTE educators, administrators, and local board of education members regarding programs, based on the employment needs of the community, state, regional, national, and international marketplace.


​Karla Tipton
Office of Career and Technical Education
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4286 Ext 4221
Fax (502) 564-4800
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