School board to include work-based learning in Perkins V review

JACKSON, Mississippi — The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) has approved revisions to the Mississippi Perkins V State Plan to include work-based learning as an additional measure of quality in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum for school districts for 2022 -23 school year.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education requires all states to adopt at least one CTE program quality indicator for their Perkins V plans. Indicators may include industry certification , CTE Dual Credit and Workplace Learning. The duration of Mississippi’s Perkins V state plan is July 2020 through June 2024.

In December 2021, the SBE approved the MDE to solicit required public comments on revising the state’s Perkins V plan to include workplace learning. MDE’s Office of Vocational and Technical Education received feedback from eight virtual meetings as well as written feedback. The public comment period ended on February 16.

The inclusion of work-based learning as an additional measure of school district CTE program quality should give students valuable career preparation. The review also supports one of MDE’s goals for all students to graduate and be college and career ready. Perkins V revisions align with the Mississippi Work-Based Learning Operational Guide and the Mississippi Learn to Earn Act of 2020.

Maria D. Ervin