Office for Civil Rights (1 - 10 of 23 items)
District of Columbia Charter Schools: Multi-Agency Plan Needed to Continue Progress Addressing High and Disproportionate Discipline Rates
GAO-17-165: Published: Feb 9, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 9, 2017.
Discipline rates (out-of-school suspension and expulsion rates) at District of Columbia (D.C.) charter schools dropped from school years 2011-12 through 2013-14 (the most recent years of national Department of Education data available). However, these rates remained about double the rates of charter schools nationally and slightly higher than D.C. traditional public schools and were also dispropor...
K-12 Education: Better Use of Information Could Help Agencies Identify Disparities and Address Racial Discrimination
GAO-16-345: Published: Apr 21, 2016. Publicly Released: May 17, 2016.
The percentage of K-12 public schools in the United States with students who are poor and are mostly Black or Hispanic is growing and these schools share a number of challenging characteristics. From school years 2000-01 to 2013-14 (the most recent data available), the percentage of all K-12 public schools that had high percentages of poor and Black or Hispanic students grew from 9 to 16 percent,...
Charter Schools: Additional Federal Attention Needed to Help Protect Access for Students with Disabilities
GAO-12-543: Published: Jun 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2012.
Charter schools enrolled a lower percentage of students with disabilities than traditional public schools, but little is known about the factors contributing to these differences. In school year 2009-2010, which was the most recent data available at the time of our review, approximately 11 percent of students enrolled in traditional public schools were students with disabilities compared to about...
Higher Education and Disability: Education Needs a Coordinated Approach to Improve Its Assistance to Schools in Supporting Students
GAO-10-33: Published: Oct 28, 2009. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2009.
Research suggests that more students with disabilities are pursuing higher education than in years past, and recent legislative changes, such as those in the Higher Education Opportunity Act and Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, have the potential to increase the number and diversity of this population. GAO was asked to examine (1) what is known about the population of postsec...
Intercollegiate Athletics: Four-Year Colleges' Experiences Adding and Discontinuing Teams
GAO-01-297: Published: Mar 8, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2001.
The number of women participating in intercollegiate athletics at four-year colleges and universities increased substantially between school years 1981-82 and 1998-99, while the number of men participating increased more modestly. The total number of women's teams increased by 3,784 teams, compared to an increase of 36 men's teams. In all, 963 schools added teams and 307 discontinued teams since 1...
Public Education: Meeting the Needs of Students With Limited English Proficiency
GAO-01-226: Published: Feb 23, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 2001.
Experts disagree about the best methods to teach student who speak little English. Even though different approaches to English language instruction may be effective, many variables may influence a given school's program choices. Moreover, there is no clear time line for acquiring English proficiency. Local decisions about the amount of time needed to attain proficiency and the amount of languag...
Gender Equity: Men's and Women's Participation in Higher Education
GAO-01-128: Published: Dec 15, 2000. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2000.
Since Title IX of the Education Amendments was enacted in 1972, women's participation in higher education academic programs has increased significantly. Women's participation in predominantly male fields such as business, law, and medicine has also increased greatly, although changes in other predominantly male fields, such as engineering and physical science, have been smaller. In some predominan...
Department of Education: Resolving Discrimination Complaints Has Improved With New Processing System
HEHS-99-47R: Published: Mar 23, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR), focusing on changes: (1) the OCR has made in its complaint resolution process since fiscal year (FY) 1993; and (2) in the timeliness and efficiency in resolving complaints between FY 1993 and FY 1997.GAO noted that: (1) since FY 1993, OCR has improved its complaint resoluti...
Budget Issues: Inventory of Accounts With Spending Authority and Permanent Appropriations, 1997
OGC-98-23: Published: Jan 19, 1998. Publicly Released: Jan 19, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided supplemental information on the 53 budget accounts that agencies identified as having backdoor spending authority.GAO noted that: (1) since the issuance of the report GAO has resolved the status of each of the 53 accounts; (2) GAO was unable to verify that 33 of the accounts have backdoor spending authority; (3) in 28 of the accounts the agency p...
Intercollegiate Athletics: Status of Efforts to Promote Gender Equity
HEHS-97-10: Published: Oct 25, 1996. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Department of Education and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) efforts to promote gender equity in intercollegiate athletics by implementing title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, focusing on: (1) steps taken by states to promote gender equity in college athletic programs; and (2) what existing studies show about progress made s...