Perkins Monitoring Visits and Monitoring Methods

Consolidated Perkins and MOA Monitoring

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is guided by the Maryland CTE Four-Year State Plan and Methods of Administration (MOA) Plan, which were approved by the US Department of Education in 2020, and led by the Division of Career and College Readiness at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The Division of Career and College Readiness is committed to ensuring that all students have equitable access to high-quality CTE programs of study. 

All school systems, community colleges, juvenile residential facilities, and adult correctional facilities that implement CTE programs of study are required to be monitored for access, equity, and quality as defined by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) and MOA.  Monitoring is performed to assure compliance with fiscal, administrative, and programmatic management requirements of the Act, Maryland CTE Four-Year State Plan, and Methods of Administration (MOA) Plan. 

The Division of Career and College Readiness, in partnership with stakeholders, developed the Maryland Consolidated Perkins and MOA Monitoring Plan, a holistic approach to monitor compliance of MOA and Perkins V requirements and measure the effectiveness of CTE statewide. Monitoring is performed on-site or virtually by diverse teams. 

Monitoring visit recipients are selected based on established criteria and benchmarks used to: (a) measure the level of CTE access by demographics, (b) identify performance inequities among various student groups in meeting Perkins performance targets, and (c) direct attention to recipients who may require support in maintaining and growing the quality and effectiveness of their programs of study. Disparity percentage benchmarks were developed in alignment with Maryland's CTE Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment evaluation benchmarks and analysis of student group population distributions. 

A monitoring visit provides an opportunity to review how grant recipients are meeting federal and state compliance requirements. It also serves to provide technical assistance, foster continuous improvement, and develop a better understanding of local performance, operations, and the barriers facing local school systems, community colleges, and CTE programs of study.

Other Types of Monitoring

In addition to consolidated Perkins and MOA monitoring visits, there are five other formal monitoring review opportunities within Maryland's Perkins V processes, in addition to ongoing informal reviews that occur between MSDE Career and Technical Education (CTE) staff and local school system or community college personnel.

  1. Program Quality Index: an annual report statistically portraying program performance based on core indicators required under Perkins V.
  2. CTE Local Application: an annual application for Perkins V funds that is based on a comprehensive local needs assessment and compiled by the local school system or community college in consultation with local stakeholders.
  3. Amendments: applications to modify CTE programs or the CTE Local Application.
  4. Mid-Year Report: a mid-fiscal-year report documenting local school system and community college progress on achieving the goals contained in the CTE Local Application.
  5. Final Report: a year-end report documenting local school system and community college final outcomes on achieving the goals contained in the CTE Local Application.

Contact

For more information on the Methods of Administration (MOA) Plan and Consolidated Perkins and MOA Monitoring Plan, contact Dr. Nicassia Belton, Director of Data and Accountability for Career Programs, Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Career and College Readiness, via email nicassia.belton@maryland.gov. 

For more information on Other Types of Monitoring, contact Nina Roa, Director of Finance and Legislation for Career Programs, Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Career and College Readiness, via email at nina.roa@maryland.gov.