Publication Date

June 2002


In the 1960s U.S. participation rates in secondary education were the highest in the world. This is no longer true. According to the OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development) data…enrollment rates of 16 and 17 year olds in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden all exceed U.S enrollment rates by 10 percentage points or more. Graduation rates are also higher in these countries.


Suggested Citation
Bishop, J. H. (2002). What should be the federal role in supporting and/or shaping development of state accountability systems for secondary school achievement? (CAHRS Working Paper #02-08). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies.