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K-12 Education: Most Eighth Grade Students Are Not Proficient in Geography
GAO-16-7: Published: Oct 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 2015.
About three-quarters of eighth grade students—the only grade for which trend data are available—were not “proficient” in geography in 2014, according to GAO's analysis of nationally representative data from the Department of Education (Education). Specifically, these students had not demonstrated solid competence in the subject, and the proficiency levels of eighth grade students have show...
School Nutrition: USDA Has Efforts Underway to Help Address Ongoing Challenges Implementing Changes in Nutrition Standards
GAO-15-656: Published: Sep 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2015.
Nationwide, participation in the National School Lunch Program declined by 1.4 million children (or 4.5 percent) from school year 2010-2011 through school year 2013-2014, to 30.4 million children. The participation rate of enrolled students also declined, from 62 to 58 percent. Seven of eight states that GAO interviewed reported that challenges with student acceptance of changes made to comply wit...
Federal Student Loans: Education Could Do More to Help Ensure Borrowers Are Aware of Repayment and Forgiveness Options
GAO-15-663: Published: Aug 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2015.
Many eligible borrowers do not participate in the Department of Education's (Education) Income-Based Repayment and Pay As You Earn repayment plans for Direct Loans, and Education has not provided information about the plans to all borrowers in repayment. These plans provide eligible borrowers with lower payments based on income and set timelines for forgiveness of any remaining loan balances. Whil...
Teacher Preparation Programs: Education Should Ensure States Identify Low-Performing Programs and Improve Information-Sharing
GAO-15-598: Published: Jul 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015.
State oversight officials reported that they approve teacher preparation programs (TPP) by assessing the quality of program design and analyzing candidate data such as program graduation rates, according to GAO’s 2014-2015 survey of states and the District of Columbia. However, some states reported that they do not assess whether TPPs are low-performing, as required by federal law. To receive fu...
Teacher Preparation Programs: Survey of State Entities that Oversee Teacher Preparation Programs (GAO-15-599SP, July 2015), an E-supplement to GAO-15-598
GAO-15-599SP: Published: Jul 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015.
This is an e-supplement to GAO-15-598. It presents the closed-ended results of GAO's web-based survey of state entities that oversee teacher preparation programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The survey asked questions about: 1) how states oversee teacher preparation programs; 2) what states are doing to prepare new teachers for new K-12 standards; and, 3) states' use of Higher Ed...
Highlights of a Forum: Financial Literacy: The Role of the Workplace
GAO-15-639SP: Published: Jul 7, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 2015.
What Participants SaidParticipants highlighted the following themes during the forum:• Employers are well-suited to play a role in promoting financial literacy. Participants noted that employers already provide information on employee benefits, have key information about employees’ lives, and are generally trusted to provide sound financial information and advice.• Workplace financial wellne...
School Meals: USDA Could Improve Verification Process for Program Access
GAO-15-634T: Published: May 19, 2015. Publicly Released: May 19, 2015.
In May 2014, GAO reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) had taken several steps to implement or enhance controls to identify and prevent ineligible beneficiaries from receiving school-meals benefits. For example:USDA worked with Congress to develop legislation to automatically enroll students who receive Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits for free school meals; t...
Regulatory Guidance Processes: Selected Departments Could Strengthen Internal Control and Dissemination Practices
GAO-15-368: Published: Apr 16, 2015. Publicly Released: May 18, 2015.
The four departments—Agriculture (USDA), Education (Education), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Labor (DOL)—and their selected components used guidance for multiple purposes, such as clarifying or interpreting regulations and providing grant administration information. The terminology used for agency guidance varied and agency components issued varying amounts of guidance, ranging from ab...
International Education Assistance: USAID Has Implemented Primary Grade Reading Programs but Has Not Yet Measured Progress toward Its Strategic Goal
GAO-15-479: Published: May 7, 2015. Publicly Released: May 14, 2015.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) missions in all five countries where GAO conducted fieldwork were implementing primary grade reading interventions recommended in USAID's education strategy guidance. A key intervention in four of these countries is developing new reading instruction materials in mother-tongue languages—in some instances, multiple languages. In Ethiopia, for exam...
Indian Affairs: Further Actions on GAO Recommendations Needed to Address Systemic Management Challenges with Indian Education
GAO-15-597T: Published: May 13, 2015. Publicly Released: May 13, 2015.
GAO has reported for several years on how systemic management challenges within the Department of the Interior's Office of the Assistant Secretary–Indian Affairs (Indian Affairs) continue to hamper efforts to improve Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools. Over the past 10 years, Indian Affairs has undergone several organizational realignments, resulting in multiple offices across different un...