Reauthorization of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) has introduced the expectation that States report on a new set of program quality indicators at the secondary level. These include the percentage of career and technical education (CTE) concentrators graduating from high school who have: (1) attained a recognized postsecondary credential; (2) earned postsecondary credits through a dual or concurrent enrollment program; and/or (3) participated in work-based learning.
The Quality Indicator Project is a nationwide initiative to build State capacity to implement the Perkins V quality indicators. Project work will inform development of technical assistance materials that States may access online via the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network. Recommendations from Quality Indicator Workgroups comprised of State and local-level CTE directors and staff at the secondary and postsecondary levels will support development of the technical assistance materials. Project work will be facilitated by experienced, nationally recognized subject matter experts.
Project activities will assist States in strengthening the validity, reliability, and accuracy of their indicators and data collection systems.
Project work will proceed in two phases over a two-year period:
The QIWs include members from the following agencies:
In addition to QIW member contributions, outreach is made to non-member States to gather information on challenges and strategies to incorporate into the technical assistance materials.
Technical Assistance Benefits:
State and local-level CTE directors and accountability staff participating in the initiative will contribute to the creation of resources and tools that will strengthen the collection, analysis, and reporting of data on secondary CTE programming nationwide. This development work will have longstanding ramifications for CTE program design and the use of data for accountability and program improvement purposes at the State and local levels.
Requirements for Participating:
Phase 2 participation requirements will be announced in the Fall of 2021.
For more information, please contact Co-Project Director Lori Meyer at LMeyer@manhattanstrategy.com.