Career and Technical Education
The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins Act) is a federal program designed to "develop more fully the academic, vocational and technical skills" of secondary and postsecondary students in preparation for further education and work.
NASSP is a national leader in secondary school reform and has created a framework to improve our nation's elementary and secondary schools called Breaking Ranks: The Comprehensive Framework for School Improvement. The framework does not prescribe a specific model that a school must follow, but rather builds upon the individual school's data to assess strengths and identify needs so that a customized plan for school success can be developed. Regardless of grade level, all schools must address the three core areas of collaborative leadership; personalizing the school environment; and curriculum, instruction, and assessment to improve student performance. NASSP believes career and technical education and federal policies that support it, including the Perkins Act, have the potential to promote a personalized learning environment for each student through strong curriculum and instruction, increase student achievement through integrated academic and career and technical education programs, and further engage students in their learning.
Legislative or Policy Priorities
- H.R. 5587: House Perkins Reauthorization Bill Summary and Analysis
- Policy Recommendations for Perkins Reauthorization
- Middle School Step Act (H.R. 3346/S. 1609)