Nontraditional Participation and Completion Indicators (Secondary 6S1, 6S2 and Postsecondary 5P1, 5P2)

Perkins Consortia must meet the negotiated performance indicators required under the law by the US Department of Education in the area  of student participation in and completion of CTE Programs that are nontraditional by gender. Secondary indicators are 6S1 participation and 6S2 completion. Postsecondary indicators are  5 P1 participation and 5P2 completion.  

Targets are negotiated annually and Consortia must meet their targets with in 90% of the agreed upon level or develop an  improvement plan that must be included in their annual plan for the following year.  Consortia that do not meet  their negotiated targets for 3 years must request and receive technical assistance from state CTE leaders.  

Support for these student success indicators might include assistance with identifying strategies for improving participation and completion of males and females in programs that are nontraditional by gender,  training for instructors and counselors or assistance with the development of an improvement plan for these indicators.

Post Quarterly OCTAE Reports

Innovative and Promising Practices

List of promising practices and plans from Minnesota consortia to improve participation and completion in secondary and postsecondary CTE programs. Resources curated in the categories of Career Awareness, Curriculum, Engaging Males, Intrusive Advising, Professional Development, and Recruitment.

Improving Retention and Completion Mini-Sessions

This series of short online sessions is for secondary and postsecondary instructors and advisors to learn about local and national resources and promising practices to support the education and retention of students from underrepresented populations.

Technical Assistance Webinars


  • Minnesota Guide to Improvement Planning: For guidance on creating a required improvement plan when Consortia do not meet their negotiated targets on Perkins accountability indicators.
  • Professional Development: Presentations, online sessions and professional development resources on a variety of topics related to guidance counseling and supporting students from underrepresented populations.

How to request technical assistance

Requests are made by sending an e-mail to and