P.O. BOX 2120

May 18, 2001

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Local Performance Report for Career and Technical Education


The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 requires each state receiving a federal grant to establish a performance accountability system to assess the effectiveness of career and technical education. This accountability system must include indicators of performance in the following: student attainment of challenging state-established academic standards and career and technical skill proficiencies; student attainment of a secondary school diploma or postsecondary degree or credential; placement in, retention in, and completion of postsecondary education or advanced training, placement in military service, or placement or retention in employment; and student participation in and completion of a career and technical education program that leads to nontraditional training and employment. In addition to these, Virginia’s approved performance standards for secondary education include access and success for special populations, employee (student) satisfaction, and employer satisfaction.

Levels of performance for each of the required standards have been established and negotiated with the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U. S. Department of Education. These levels of performance are based on data collected for the past three years on accountability measures that were established to meet the federal requirements of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education and Technology Act of 1992. These performance levels must be attained and results must be reported each year for the state as well as for school divisions and community colleges. To meet this reporting requirement, a performance report has been developed to provide results to each school division and community college based on the required federal performance standards. This is the first year for these standards; baseline data was collected for the school year 1999-2000. If Virginia as a whole, or a school division or community college fails to annually meet the adjusted levels of performance, an improvement plan is required.

The U.S. Department of Education recently informed all states that Perkins funds will be jeopardized if all required data is not reported by the state. Since school divisions and community colleges are under the same data reporting requirements as the Virginia Department of Education, data not provided by school divisions or community colleges on these performance standards will jeopardize Perkins funding for school divisions and individual schools, and for the community college system and individual community colleges.

In addition to the performance report, the local school division career and technical education administrator will receive a data analysis report that will provide detailed data for each performance standard and supplementary information to assist with program improvement. We hope this information will be helpful to you and your teachers as we all work to improve teaching and learning for all students. A copy of your individualized school division report can be downloaded at

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Neils W. Brooks, (, director of the office of career and technical education, at (804)225-2847.