Department of Education (51 - 60 of 640 items)
College Textbooks: Students Have Greater Access to Textbook Information
GAO-13-368: Published: Jun 6, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 2013.
Publishers included in GAO's study have disclosed textbook information required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), such as pricing and format options, and made components of bundled materials available individually, but stakeholders GAO interviewed said these practices have had little effect on faculty decisions. While most publishers in GAO's study provided all relevant textbook info...
K-12 Education: States' Test Security Policies and Procedures Varied
GAO-13-495R: Published: May 16, 2013. Publicly Released: May 16, 2013.
According to our nationwide survey of state testing directors, all states reported that their policies and procedures included 50 percent or more of the leading practices to prevent test irregularities in the following five areassecurity plans, security training, security breaches, test administration and protecting secure materials. Additionally, of the 28 states that administered computer-...
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: Standards Needed to Improve Identification of Racial and Ethnic Overrepresentation in Special Education
GAO-13-137: Published: Feb 27, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2013.
In 2010, states required about 2 percent of all districts to use Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funds for early intervening services to address the overrepresentation of racial and ethnic groups in special education. Based on definitions states individually developed to measure this overrepresentation-- referred to in IDEA as significant disproportionality--356 districts were r...
Indian Affairs: Management Challenges Continue to Hinder Efforts to Improve Indian Education
GAO-13-342T: Published: Feb 27, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2013.
Management challenges within the Department of Interior's Office of the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs (Indian Affairs), such as fragmented administrative structures and frequent turnover in leadership, continue to hamper efforts to improve Indian education. For example, incompatible procedures and lack of clear roles for the Bureau of Indian Education and the Indian Affairs' Deputy Assistan...
Charter Schools: Guidance Needed for Military Base Schools on Startup and Operational Issues
GAO-13-67: Published: Feb 5, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 2013.
Eight charter schools were located on domestic military bases and one charter school was being developed on a base at the time of GAO's review. The military base charter schools differed in their academic focuses and served militaryconnected students to different degrees. For example, one school focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while another used the arts to teach all s...
Higher Education: A Small Percentage of Families Save in 529 Plans
GAO-13-64: Published: Dec 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2012.
A small percentage of U.S. families saved in 529 plans in 2010, and those who did tended to be wealthier than others. According to the Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF), less than 3 percent of families saved in a 529 plan or Coverdell Education Savings Account (Coverdell)--a similar but less often used college savings vehicle also included in the SCF. While the economic downturn may have reduced i...
Trade Adjustment Assistance: Labor Awarded Community College Grants in Accordance with Requirements, but Needs to Improve Its Process
GAO-12-954: Published: Sep 28, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2012.
The Department of Labor (Labor) designed and awarded the grants following its standard competitive award process by developing and publishing an announcement, screening applicants, and convening expert panels to score applications. It also collaborated with the Department of Education to develop the announcement and identify panelists. Though they varied in terms of target populations, as permitte...
Higher Education: Improved Tax Information Could Help Pay for College
GAO-12-863T: Published: Jul 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2012.
We found that multiple Title IV programs and tax expenditures provided substantial aid to populations across income levels. In 2009, 12.8 million students received Title IV aid, and approximately 18 million tax filers claimed a higher education tax benefit for current expenses. The number of students receiving Title IV aid increased from 10.4 million to 12.8 million, or 23 percent, from 2006 to 20...
K-12 Education: Selected States and School Districts Cited Numerous Federal Requirements As Burdensome, While Recognizing Some Benefits
GAO-12-672: Published: Jun 27, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 2012.
Generally consistent with the views of key stakeholders we interviewed, state and school district officials cited 17 federal requirements as most burdensome for them. These requirements were related to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Title I, Part A; the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B; national school meals programs; or other requirements related to the...
Employment for People with Disabilities: Little Is Known about the Effectiveness of Fragmented and Overlapping Programs
GAO-12-677: Published: Jun 29, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2012.
GAO identified 45 programs that supported employment for people with disabilities in fiscal year 2010, reflecting a fragmented system of services. The programs were administered by nine federal agencies and overseen by even more congressional committees. All programs overlapped with at least one other program in that they provided one or more similar employment service to a similar population...