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Overview of OVAE Priorities
Fact Sheet Series 2004
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The mission of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) is to prepare young people and adults for postsecondary education, successful careers, and productive lives.

This mission is guided by the Department of Education's four key principles as outlined in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

This Fact Sheet Series highlights efforts currently underway in OVAE to support and to advance the Administration's priorities for secondary and technical education as well as adult basic and literacy education.

  • Principle One: Increase Accountability and Academic Achievement
    To increase accountability and academic achievement for students, OVAE is working to close achievement gaps through the application of high, clear, and measurable standards in our nation's schools.
    OVAE supports the development of technical assistance and professional development models based on high caliber, effective practices in adult basic and literacy education, and career and technical education.


  • Principle Two: Increase Options and Involvement for Parents and Students
    OVAE works to empower students and parents by creating and identifying meaningful educational options and postsecondary connections to help all students reach high levels of achievement. OVAE will continue to develop tools and resources to support choice for students and their families.


  • Principle Three: Increase Flexibility and Reduce Bureaucracy
    High school and adult students need to have a strong foundation of academic skills and training for high-skill, high-wage careers. Increased flexibility and innovative choices at the state and local levels will allow educators and government officials to reach students where they are and give them options for a successful future.


  • Principle Four: Focus On What Works
    OVAE is focusing on what works by investing in evidence-based, proven instructional programs and practice.
    In addition, OVAE is funding new statistical data gathering and analysis projects, as well as rigorous research studies to identify the best instructional strategies for secondary, postsecondary, and adult learners.

For information about initiatives currently underway at OVAE, visit the OVAE website at: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/index.html. For more information on No Child Left Behind, visit http://www.ed.gov.

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