Recipients of Perkins funds will be measured against core indicators of performance as defined below:
- Technical Skill Attainment
Student attainment of challenging career and technical skills proficiencies, including student achievement or technical assessments, that is aligned with industry-recognized standards, if available and appropriate.
- Credentialing (Credential, Certificate, Diploma, or Degree Completion)
Student attainment of an industry-recognized credential, certificate, diploma, or degree.
- Retention and Transfer
Student retention in postsecondary education or transfer to a baccalaureate degree program.
Student placement in military service or apprenticeship programs or placement or retention in employment, including placement in high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand occupations or professions.
- Nontraditional Participation
Student participation in and completion of CTE programs that lead to employment in nontraditional fields. “Nontraditional” fields mean occupations or fields of work, including careers in computer science, technology, and other current and emerging high-skill occupations, for which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25% of the individuals employed in each such occupation or field of work.
- Nontraditional Completion
Student completion of CTE programs that leads to employment in nontraditional fields.
Each recipient must collect and disaggregate data for each core indicator of performance by “special populations” categories. The term “special populations” refers to—
- Economically Disadvantaged - The term “economically disadvantaged” means individuals from economically disadvantaged families, including foster children. The term is also applied to students enrolled in public two-year colleges and who are the recipients of PELL grants.
- Single Parents - The term “single parent” means an unmarried parent. The term “single parent” includes single pregnant women.
- Displaced Homemakers - The term “displaced homemaker” means an individual who
- is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.
- (i) has worked primarily without remuneration to care for a home and family, and for that reason has diminished marketable skills; (ii)has been dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer supported by that income; or (iii)is a parent whose youngest dependent child will become ineligible to receive assistance under part A of title iv if the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) not later than 2 years after the date on which the parent applies for assistance under such title; and
- Disabilities - The term “individual with a disability” means an individual with any disability (as defined in section 3 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12102)).
- Limited English Proficiency
The term “individual with limited English proficiency” means a secondary school student, an adult, or an out-of-school youth, who have limited ability in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language, and
- whose native language is a language other than English; or
- who lives in a family or community environment in which a language other than English is the dominant language.
Each recipient of Perkins funds will be required to report disaggregated data for each core indicator of performance (including special populations) to LCTCS for inclusion in the Consolidated Annual Report (CAR).
The reported data will be used to determine the progress made by the recipient in achieving the agreed-upon performance levels for each performance (core) indicator established for LCTCS. Any eligible recipient which does not attain 90% of the agreed-upon performance level for an individual performance indicator must develop an Improvement Plan for the subsequent fiscal year. Federal funds must be focused on the improvement of this indicator while maintaining the other established performance levels.
Each recipient will be monitored by LCTCS to evaluate compliance with the Perkins Act, assess progress toward the goals of the grant, and verify the accuracy of data reported to LCTCS for inclusion in the CAR.
The Perkins Monitoring Review process will be based on the following specific areas of concerns or targets:
- Analyses of submitted reports
- Data quality and/or data collection issues
- Financial issues
- Grant management performance, including timely submission(s)
- Perkins core performance indicator levels
- All programs/clusters are current and have been properly maintained
- Current Local Application Plan (LAP) objectives/strategies
- Current LAP expenditures
Program safety and integrity