WDQC Comments on Career and Technical Education Act Reauthorization

by Christina Pena
November 9, 2015

The House and Senate are considering the renewal of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act. WDQC has responded to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's request for comments on reauthorization with a letter of recommendations.

The recommendations take into account the Committee's bipartisan principles for aligning aspects of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), as well as improving evaluation and research. In the letter, WDQC specifically addresses aligning performance metrics, data infrastructure, and labor market information to ensure that education and training programs are preparing all students and workers to thrive in a changing economy.

WDQC's partners have also submitted recommendations to the Committee. The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) provided a joint submission to the Committee based upon these recommendations available on NASDCTEc's website. The National Skills Coalition weighed in with recommendations, and CLASP and New America, along with Jobs for the Future, also submitted a joint recommendation letter to the Committee. 

The issues of performance and accountability also arose during recent congressional hearings on Perkins reauthorization. For more information, see NASDCTEc and ACTE's CTE Policy Watch blogs.