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Education and Care: Head Start Key Among Array of Early Childhood Programs, but National Research on Effectiveness Not Completed
GAO-03-840T: Published: Jul 22, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2003.
The federal government invests over $11 billion in early childhood education and care programs. These programs exist to ensure that children from low-income families are better prepared to enter school and that their parents have access to early childhood education and care that allow them to obtain and maintain employment. The federal government invests more in Head Start, which was funded at $6...
Title I: Although Definitions of Administrative Expenditures Vary, Almost All Districts Studied Spent Less Than 10 Percent on Administration
GAO-03-386: Published: Apr 7, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 2003.
Because of concern about school district spending on administration, Congress directed GAO in two separate mandates in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 to (1) examine how school districts defined and spent Title I funds on administrative activities and (2) review Title I expenditures in at least six school districts. In response to these mandates, we are reporting on (1) how five studies defi...
Title I: Education Needs to Monitor States' Scoring of Assessments
GAO-02-393: Published: Apr 1, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 2002.
Concerned that Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) had not significantly improving the educational achievements of children at risk, Congress mandated major changes in 1994. States were required to adopt or develop challenging curriculum content and performance standards, assessments aligned with content standards, and accountability systems to measure progress in raising...
Title I Funding: Poor Children Benefit Though Funding Per Poor Child Differs
GAO-02-242: Published: Jan 15, 2002. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2002.
The Title I program spends $8 billion each year on elementary and secondary education. Although state and local funds account for more than 90 percent of national education expenditures, Title I has been an important source of funding for many poor school districts and schools since 1965. In the 1999-2000 school year, Title I funds were targeted on the basis of numbers and percentages of poor chil...
School Vouchers: Publicly Funded Programs in Cleveland and Milwaukee
GAO-01-914: Published: Aug 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2001.
This report reviews the Cleveland and Milwaukee school voucher programs, which provide money for low-income families to send their children to private schools. Both programs require participating private schools to be located within the city or the city's school district and to adhere to state standards for private schools, such as those covering health and safety. In both Cleveland and Milwaukee,...
At-Risk Youth: School-Community Collaborations Focus on Improving Student Outcomes
GAO-01-66: Published: Oct 10, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 10, 2000.
This report focuses on school and community collaborations for improving student outcomes for at-risk youth. To better provide the support needed for these students to succeed in school and beyond, some schools and school districts have intensified their collaboration with businesses, community agencies, and other neighborhood organizations. These efforts, which go substantially beyond the usual l...
Title I Preschool Education: More Children Served, but Gauging Effect on School Readiness Difficult
HEHS-00-171: Published: Sep 20, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act's Title I program for preschool education, focusing on: (1) the extent to which title I funds are used to support education or developmentally appropriate activities for preschool children, aged birth to 5 years; and (2) what is known about the effectiveness of title I-funded programs for pr...
Education for Disadvantaged Children: Research Purpose and Design Features Affect Conclusions Drawn From Key Studies
HEHS-00-168: Published: Aug 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request GAO compared the Department of Education's Longitudinal Evaluation of School Change and Performance Plan (LESCP) to its previous assessment program, the Prospect Study, focusing on: (1) the purpose of each study and how these purposes relate to the needs of policymakers and educators; (2) the process used to design and implement the studies, including obtaining...
Title I Program: Stronger Accountability Needed for Performance of Disadvantaged Students
HEHS-00-89: Published: Jun 1, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) Title I services at schoolwide and targeted assistance schools; (2) state efforts to hold schools and districts accountable for student achievement; and (3) research and evaluations of Title I and schoolwide programs.GAO noted that: (1) both schoolwide and targeted assistance schools generally offered similar services, such as t...
Preschool Education: Federal Investment for Low-Income Children Significant but Effectiveness Unclear
T-HEHS-00-83: Published: Apr 11, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed preschool education for children of low-income families, focusing on: (1) the federal and state commitment to preschool programs, including funding and collaborative efforts; and (2) what is known about the effectiveness of federal preschool programs.GAO noted that: (1) the federal investment in preschool programs for low-income children is consid...