CTE and Perkins Plan Information
Perkins V and CTE Subcommittee Overview
The State Board of Education (SBE) is the "eligible state agency" (Title 14, Chapter 33. § 3310) authorized under the Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Act of 2006 and is responsible for leading the state plan development, establishing administrative and evaluation routines, providing oversight of the distribution of federal funds, and coordinating activities with the State Workforce Development Board related to career and technical education programs in the State of Delaware.
On July 31, 2018, President Trump signed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century Act (referred to as Perkins V) into law. The law went into effect on July 1, 2019, and the first year of implementation was considered a "transition year". The eligible state agency was required to submit a one-year transition plan prior to April 30, 2019, and once approved in July 2019, the eligible state agency was required to develop a full four-year state plan, covering the requirements of the Act, to have been submitted by April 2020. The full four-year state plan encompasses program years 2020 (SY 2020-2021) to 2024 (SY 2024-2025).
The SBE established a CTE Subcommittee to provide guidance and technical assistance to the SBE and the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) staff who supervise Career & Technical Education (CTE) as required under Perkins V. As such, the CTE Subcommittee:
- Participated in a series of informational and development meetings;
- Defined methods of technical assistance and engagement with various stakeholder groups, local education agencies, and postsecondary institutions;
- Communicated subcommittee initiatives to various stakeholder groups, local education agencies, and postsecondary institutions;
- Facilitated state-wide collaboration meetings between the subcommittee and various stakeholder groups through both face-to-face and online formats; and
- Reviewed and provided feedback to the SBE and DDOE on the development of a transition plan that was submitted in 2019 and the full four-year state plan that was submitted in 2020.
Final approval of the transition plan and full four-year state plan was coordinated with the Office of Governor John Carney and the US Department of Education (USDOE).
Perkins V Transition Plan and Four Year State Plan
The subcommittee met from February through March 2019 to provide input on the development of the one-year Transition Plan. The draft Transition Plan was posted for public comment from March 22, 2019 through April 10, 2019 (Public comment received for the Perkins V transition plan). The Board approved the draft Transition Plan at their April 18, 2019 meeting. The Final Perkins V Transition Plan, as approved by the U.S. Department of Education, can be found online.
The subcommittee met from August 2019 through December 2019 to provide input on the development of the four year state plan. Subcommittee meeting materials are available on the DE State Board of Education eBoard site.
During that time, more than 550 people were directly engaged in the development of the draft plan and more than 1,500 people received communication on the topic. The draft State Plan was open for public comment from December 23, 2019 through February 21, 2020. Information sessions were held in each county in January and February 2020, and public comment received for the Perkins V Four Year State Plan was posted online.
The Board approved the draft State Plan at its March 19, 2020 meeting. The State Plan was submitted to the USDOE in April 2020, and approved in July 2020.
As a result of COVID-19 and the related economic impacts, the ability to provide CTE instruction, place students in work-based learning experiences, and support student attainment of industry credentials has been negatively impacted. Adjustments were made to the state determined levels of performance as a result of unanticipated circumstances this academic year. The updated metrics were posted for public comment from February through April 2021, and approved by the State Board at its April 2021 meeting.
Thank you to the following representatives who participated in the CTE Subcommittee:
- Vince Lofink, Delaware State Board of Education
- James Ascione, Building Trades
- Tony Alleyne, Delaware College Scholars
- Liza Bartle, Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
- Suzanne L. Burton, University of Delaware
- Matthew Burrows, Appoquinimink School District
- Anthony Carmen, Sussex Tech High School
- Ed Capodanno, ABC Delaware
- Manera Constantine, Delaware Advisory Council on Career and Technical Education
- Barry Crozier, Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
- Jodine Cybulski, Polytech High School
- Jennifer Davis, Department of Education
- Glen Gray, Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
- Terrell Holmes, Delaware State University
- Warren Howell, parent
- Betsy Jones, Polytech School District
- Joseph Jones, New Castle County Vo-Tech School District
- Sherry Kijowski, Caesar Rodney High School
- Stacey Laing, Delaware Department of Labor
- Ashley Lipson, Odyssey Charter School
- Senator Elizabeth Lockman, Delaware State Senate
- Bill Potter, Delaware Workforce Development Board
- Denise Purnell-Cuff, Delaware Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families
- Luke Rhine, Department of Education
- Dina Sanchez, La Colectiva de Delaware
- Justina Sapna, Delaware Technical & Community College
- Jon Sheehan, Office of the Governor
- Bryon Short, Delaware Contractors Association
- Mark Stellini, Assurance Media
- Melissa Tooles, Capital School District
- June Wicks, Smyrna School District
- Maureen Whelan, Delaware Department of Education
- Representative Kimberly Williams, Delaware House of Representatives
Additional Information about Career & Technical Education, including details about the implementation of this plan can be found on the Department of Education’s website.