Non-Regulatory Guidance for
Accountability

Perkins IV allows states, with input from their eligible recipients, to establish their own measures for the indicators of performance. States also identify the student populations on which they will report data. The Department provides guidance to help states establish their definitions and measures, and to promote greater consistency in reporting across the nation.

Program Memorandum – Student Definitions and Measurement Approaches (PDF, 408 KB)

Secondary Level

CTE Participant: A secondary student who has earned one (1) or more credits in any career and technical education (CTE) program area.

CTE Concentrator: A secondary student who has earned three (3) or more credits in a single CTE program area (e.g., health care or business services), or two (2) credits in a single CTE program area, but only in those program areas where 2 credit sequences at the secondary level are recognized by the State and/or its local eligible recipients.

Postsecondary/Adult Level

CTE Participant: A postsecondary/adult student who has earned one (1) or more credits in any CTE program area.

CTE Concentrator: A postsecondary/adult student who: (1) completes at least 12 academic or CTE credits within a single program area sequence that is comprised of 12 or more academic and technical credits and terminates in the award of an industry-recognized credential, a certificate, or a degree; or (2) completes a short-term CTE program sequence of less than 12 credit units that terminates in an industry-recognized credential, a certificate, or a degree.

OCTAE CONTACT

John Haigh
John.Haigh@ed.gov
(202) 245-7735

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