Missouri Career Education

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Perkins IV

State Plan

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 was officially signed into law by President Bush on August 12, 2006. Also known as "Perkins IV," the reauthorization of the program represents one of the largest federal investments in our nation's high schools and is a key component of our secondary and postsecondary education systems.

Guiding Assumptions

Perkins IV maintains much of the program improvement emphasis of Perkins III but requires Missouri Career Education to focus on some new areas.  The following guiding assumptions are instrumental in moving Perkins IV forward.

Missouri Career Education must continue to be strategically placed within the broader vision, mission, and goals for education within the state.

New Perkins IV areas of emphasis

Perkins IV requires Missouri and local eligible recipients to emphasize areas designed to result in program improvement and increased student achievement. These areas are:

Secondary/postsecondary curricular alignment and improved student transition

Emphasis on quality data and accountability to drive funding decisions resulting in improved student achievement and program improvement

Increased and documented academic and technical rigor in both secondary and postsecondary Missouri Career Education courses

Sustained professional development for secondary and postsecondary instructors and administrators

Programs of study must be implemented at both the secondary and postsecondary levels that meet labor market needs.

Changes in funding structure and use of funds to improve performance in these identified areas of emphasis