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Funding for Career and Technical Education (CTE) is based on the regular Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU), including incentives to provide Career and Technical Education in secondary public schools. Funding is allocated for salaries, equipment, teacher training, Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance,
Work-Based Learning, CTE high school courses, and accountability reporting.

CTE funding is also supplemented with Carl D. Perkins funding, a federal appropriation for Career and Technical Education. The federal government is highly interested in CTE as a means to prepare the workforce with the academic and technical skills needed to succeed in a global economy. The additional funding, which amounts to about six percent of the total, is used to develop CTE Pathways and new CTE programs, as well as improve existing programs.

The funding used to create CTE Pathways move students from a seamless secondary education to postsecondary education culminating in degrees or certificates.

Only approved Career and Technical Education programs can receive state or federal CTE funding. State Board rules, along with federal Perkins and No Child Left Behind regulations, require a high level of accountability for secondary CTE programs.

Our vision is to efficiently utilize funding received from the State Legislature and the federal Perkins Act to develop and improve the CTE programs, while encouraging each student to further explore career opportunities and prepare for college and career in order to compete successfully in today's global economy.

The Utah State Office of Education (USOE) uses a four-phased approach to maintaining program and performance accountability.

1.Annual Membership Reporting

  • Teacher qualifications
  • Teacher/course/membership reporting
  • State specialist review and approval
  • On-site auditing

2.Annual Self-Evaluation—Standards

  • Entered by teacher online – focus on standards
  • Summary report to USOE specialists/CTE directors
  • Used to develop in-service, technical assistance, goal setting, and program improvement

3.On-Site Evaluation—Standards

  • Six-year cycle
  • Instructor self-evaluation
  • State specialist on-site evaluation
  • Feedback/improvement
    - Summary report
    - Improvement plan to address needs
    - Continuous improvement and follow-up

4.Student Performance on Core Indicators

  • Academic and skill achievement (standardized tests for academic, skills tests for skills)
  • Completion (graduation)
  • Placement
  • Training for nontraditional careers
  • Evaluation and performance improvements that are data-driven, using targets, performance results, performance gaps, and continuous improvement plans

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 authorizes funding for secondary and postsecondary career and technical education programs. Its purpose is to develop more fully the academic, career and technical skills of secondary students and postsecondary students who elect to enroll in Career and Technical Education programs. This Act identifies development of rigorous academic standards and accountability as additional priorities.

  • Nationally, the annual total appropriation for Perkins is $1.05 billion.
  • All states receive funds for secondary and post-secondary education.
  • Utah receives $12 million.
  • Perkins Information Flyer - PDF


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thalea [dot] longhurst [at] schools [dot] utah [dot] gov (Thalea Longhurst), Interim State Director
Career and Technical Education
Phone: 801>538-7889

Fax: 801>538-7868



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