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Postsecondary Accountability

Carl D. Perkins Postsecondary Accountability Performance Indicator Framework

This graphic represents the relationship between the Perkins Postsecondary Performance Indicators and CTE Participants and CTE Concentrators.

Postsecondary Framework CTE Participants CTE Concentrators 1P1 Technical Skill Attainment 3P1 Student Retention or Transfer 2P1 Credential, Certificate, or Degree 4P1 Student Placement 5P2 Nontraditional Completion 5P1 Nontraditional Participation

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) requires a continued federal and state commitment to performance measurement and accountability. Perkins IV builds on significant past efforts to evaluate and improve career and technical education. Perkins IV gives States, school districts, and postsecondary institutions greater flexibility to design services and activities that meet the needs of their students and communities. In return for that flexibility, Perkins IV established a rigorous State performance accountability system "to assess the effectiveness of the State in achieving statewide progress in career and technical education, and to optimize the return of investment of Federal funds in career and technical education activities" (sec. 113(a)).

The framework is intended to define state performance measurement approaches for each indicator to ensure sufficient rigor and comparability among state performance accountability systems. Further, the framework is intended to define performance and data collection approaches that can be easily integrated into state and local performance management systems to support continuous program improvement.

Postsecondary Perkins Data Manual: A Step-By-Step Guide for Data Extraction and Computation