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On May 16, 2000, a national conference, "Ending Social Promotion: Early Lessons Learned," was convened by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council of the Great City Schools. Jack Jennings of the Center on Education Policy served as moderator of that meeting and wrote introductory and concluding remarks for the report, which appears below. In 1999, the Center on Education Policy was involved in other work dealing with the issue of social promotion.