On April 4, 2002, Assistant Secretary Carol D'Amico and the Office of Vocational and Adult Education convened, "Preparing America's Future: The High School Symposium," in Washington, D.C.
Prior to the symposium, OVAE commissioned eight papers in issues central to contemporary high schools. At the symposium, a panel composed of eight authors and seven expert respondents discussed these key issues. Panel members included policy analysts, foundation representatives, business and industry representatives, experts in secondary education, and educators.
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What Role Can Dual Enrollment Programs Play in Easing the Transition Between High School and Postsecondary Education? MS WORD (94K)
By Thomas R. Bailey MS WORD (26K), Katherine L. Hughes, and Melinda Mechur Karp
What Should Be the Federal Role in Supporting and Shaping Development of State Accountability Systems for Secondary School Achievement? MS WORD (239K) Also available: The slide presentation (as a MS WORD document (171K) based on the paper.
John H. Bishop MS WORD (24K)
In addition to the eight papers commissioned by OVAE that were presented at the Symposium, the Assistant Secretary also requested the paper "Youth at Crossroads: Facing High School and Beyond" MS WORD (99K) by Janis Somerville. MS WORD(20K)
The papers presented here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Education, the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, or the Assistant Secretary. The papers solely reflect the views and opinions of the authors.
Since the symposium, another ten papers have also been commissioned and received.