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The Perkins State Plans and Data Explorer is designed to provide career and technical education (CTE) practitioners, researchers, and stakeholders, with ready access to information and data submitted by States in their Perkins V State plans, covering FY 2020-2023, and Consolidated Annual Reports (CARs), pursuant to the Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins V) and its predecessor Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV). This information and data can help interested parties understand each State's vision, goals, and priorities for CTE, as well as explore the outcomes for students who concentrate in CTE programs.
Data Sources

Perkins Information Management System (PIMS)
PIMS is the Perkins Information Management System. It is used by the Division of Academic and Technical Education, of the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, to manage the administration of Perkins funds to formula and discretionary grant programs. The PIMS database draws upon data that grant recipients are required to submit annually to the U.S. Department of Education through the Consolidated Annual Report and Perkins V State Plans. PIMS is the primary source of data for the Perkins Data Explorer.

Common Core of Data (CCD)
The Common Core of Data (CCD) is the Department of Education's primary database on public elementary and secondary education in the United States. CCD is a comprehensive, annual, national database of all public elementary and secondary schools and school districts (LEAs). The Perkins V State Plan Data Tool displays "public school enrollment 9-12", which is the total number of students enrolled in grades 9-12, from the CCD's "State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary/Secondary Education".

U.S. Census Bureau
The Census Bureau is the federal government's largest statistical agency. The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the nation's leading provider of quality data about its people and economy. There are two data points from the U.S. Census Bureau that are displayed for each State in the Perkins V State Plan Data Tool. The first is "region" which includes nine geographic regional divisions. The second data point is "population" which is the total population estimate as of July 1, 2019. For more information, visit:


Below are definitions for general terms and terms specific to career and technical education that are used in the Perkins State Plans and Data Explorer.

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  • CAR – Consolidated Annual Report
    Single reporting instrument used by eligible agencies to submit narrative performance, financial reports, and performance data reports to the U.S. Department of Education.
  • CTE – Career and Technical Education
    Career and Technical Education are courses (at the high school level) and programs (at the postsecondary level) that focus on the skills and knowledge required for specific jobs or fields of work.
  • CTE Participant
    In Perkins V, the term 'CTE participant' means an individual who completes not less than one course in a career and technical education program or program of study of an eligible recipient. (Section 3(13) of Perkins V)
  • CTE Concentrator
    In Perkins V, the term 'CTE concentrator' means— (A) at the secondary school level, a student served by an eligible recipient who has completed at least 2 courses* in a single career and technical education program or program of study; and (B) at the postsecondary level, a student enrolled in an eligible recipient who has— (i) earned at least 12 credits within a career and technical education program or program of study; or (ii) completed such a program if the program encompasses fewer than 12 credits or the equivalent in total. (Section 3(12) of Perkins V) * This means that once a student completes 2 courses in a single CTE program of study, they are counted as a CTE concentrator.
  • DATE – Division of Academic and Technical Education
    The Division of Academic and Technical Education of the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, is responsible for the administration of formula and discretionary grant programs under Perkins V, the federal government’s primary vehicle for supporting career and technical education.
  • Discretionary Grant
    A grant (or cooperative agreement) for which the federal awarding agency generally may select the recipient from among all eligible recipients.
  • Eligible Agency
    The State board designated or created consistent with State law as the sole State agency responsible for the administration of career and technical education in the State or for the supervision of the administration of career and technical education in the State.
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    Download and view data from the Perkins Data Explorer in an Excel (XLSX) file.
  • Formula Grant
    Allocations of federal funds to states, territories, or local units of government determined by distribution formulas in the authorizing legislation and regulations. Formula elements may include population, proportion of population below the poverty line, and other demographic information.
  • Indicators of Performance
    Measures used to assess the effectiveness of Perkins activities.
  • Nontraditional Fields
    Occupations or fields of work, such as careers in computer science, technology, and other current and emerging high skill occupations, for which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of the individuals employed in each such occupation or field of work.
  • OCTAE – Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
    The Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education of the U.S. Department of Education, administers, coordinates programs that are related to adult education and literacy, career and technical education, and community colleges.
  • Perkins V
    The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 2006 as Amended by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), is a federal legislation whose purpose is to develop more fully the academic knowledge and technical and employability skills of secondary education students and postsecondary education students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs and programs of study.
  • Perkins V State Plan
    The Perkins legislation requires each eligible agency desiring assistance for any fiscal year under the Act to prepare and submit a State plan to the Secretary. Each eligible agency must develop its State plan in consultation with key stakeholders, the Governor, and other State agencies with authority for CTE, consistent with section 122(c) of the Act.
  • POS - Program of Study
    Programs of Study include academic and career and technical content that prepare students to make successful transitions to postsecondary education and the workplace. Section 3(41) of Perkins V defines programs of study as "...a coordinated, nonduplicative sequence of academic and technical content at the secondary and postsecondary level that— (A) incorporates challenging State academic standards, including those adopted by a State under section 1111(b)(1) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965; (B) addresses both academic and technical knowledge and skills, including employability skills; (C) is aligned with the needs of industries in the economy of the State, region, Tribal community, or local area; (D) progresses in specificity (beginning with all aspects of an industry or career cluster and leading to more occupation-specific instruction); (E) has multiple entry and exit points that incorporate credentialing; and (F) culminates in the attainment of a recognized postsecondary credential."
  • Race/ethnicity
    One of five categories of race: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and White; and one of two categories of ethnicity: "Hispanic or Latino," and "Not Hispanic or Latino."
  • Special Populations
    In Perkins V, special populations demographic groups include the following: (A) individuals with disabilities; (B) individuals from economically disadvantaged families, including low-income youth and adults; (C) individuals preparing for non-traditional fields; (D) single parents, including single pregnant women; (E) out-of-workforce individuals; (F) English learners; (G) homeless individuals described in section 725 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11434a); (H) youth who are in, or have aged out of, the foster care system; (I) youth with a parent who - (i) is a member of the armed forces (as such term is defined in section 101 (a)(4) of title 10, United States Code); and (ii) is on active duty (as such term is defined in section 101(d)(1) of such title; and (J) migrant students (secondary only).
  • SDPL – State Determined Performance Level
    Objective, quantifiable, and measurable targets that are set by the State for the core indicators of performance. SDPLs require the State to continually make meaningful progress toward improving the performance of all career and technical education students.
  • WIOA – Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
    Legislation designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.
  • Work-Based Learning
    An instructional strategy that enhances classroom learning by connecting it to the workplace.