Recommendations to Improve the Quality of Perkins IV Accountability Measures in Maine
In October 2007, the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), U.S. Department of Education, invited state directors of Career and Technical Education (CTE) to submit requests for individualized technical assistance to improve the quality of their Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) accountability systems. In response, the Maine Department of Education (MDOE) and Maine Community College System (MCCS) submitted an application requesting technical assistance in refining the state’s secondary and postsecondary measures for submission in its Perkins IV five-year plan.
Following conversations with Lora Downing, Interim Director of Curriculum Development and Assessment, MPR scheduled an on-site meeting with representatives from the MDOE and MCCS on January 22nd and 23rd. Dr. Steven Klein, Director of Preparation for College and Career and Amanda Richards, Research Associate, met with Maine staff to discuss Perkins IV measurement approaches, data collection and reporting, and performance negotiation.
This paper summarizes the results of the discussion and outlines MPR’s recommendations to Maine regarding refining the state’s Perkins IV measures.