National Evaluation of Career and Technical Education under Perkins V (NECTEP)

Section 114 (d) of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, as amended by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), gives the Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) the responsibility of conducting a series of research and evaluation initiatives on career and technical education (CTE). Within IES, the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance is leading the National Evaluation of Career and Technical Education under Perkins V (NECTEP).

The national evaluation will draw on a variety of data sources and studies for its assessment of CTE. New surveys of all state directors of CTE and a nationally representative sample of district coordinators of CTE will be conducted in 2022 to collect information about Perkins implementation. Trends in CTE participation and outcomes will be obtained by analyzing other national data, including those from the National Center for Education Statistics, Perkins V performance reports, and labor market repositories. To identify and report on the effectiveness of key CTE strategies, the evaluation will review rigorously conducted research, where it already exists, and consider conducting new studies of CTE approaches.

NECTEP will include an interim report that is expected to be published in 2021, a report that is expected to be published in 2023, and biennial updates thereafter.

NECTEP's key research questions are:

  1. How, and to what extent, does current CTE implementation reflect key policy goals and objectives in Perkins V?
  2. In what important ways has CTE implementation changed since Perkins IV?
  3. How are CTE participation and outcomes evolving?
  4. What is known about the effectiveness of CTE strategies and practices?


Braden Goetz
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