The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act, in the newest version of the law, require that all CTE programs and programs of study measure student attainment of career-related technical skills. The previous version of the law required reporting of technical skills attainment by using measures like grades or GPA as the indicator of this measure. The new law refines the definition, focusing on the use of technical skill assessments (using written tests and/or observed demonstrations of skills) that are valid and reliable.
The federal provisions require that the District of Columbia State Office of Career and Technical Education (SOCTE) to require that District Perkins Grant sub-recipients change the way they assess and report on technical skills. In response to these new requirements, SOCTE is implementing a new Technical Skills Assessment (TSA) system with State-approved, valid and reliable assessment that meet the federal requirements. Specific details regarding the assessments and the implementation process can be found below: