Education program evaluation (21 - 30 of 59 items)
Head Start: Comprehensive Approach to Identifying and Addressing Risks Could Help Prevent Grantee Financial Management Weaknesses
GAO-05-465T: Published: Apr 5, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 2005.
In fiscal year 2004, the Congress appropriated $6.8 billion to serve 919,000 poor children through 1,680 Head Start grantees nationwide. Recent reports of financial improprieties at a number of Head Start programs around the country raised questions about the effectiveness of the oversight provided by the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF)...
Special Education: Improved Timeliness and Better Use of Enforcement Actions Could Strengthen Education's Monitoring System
GAO-04-879: Published: Sep 9, 2004. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2004.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures the education of the nation's disabled children. As a condition of receiving IDEA funds, states must provide educational and related services that facilitate learning to students with disabilities based on their individual needs. The Department of Education (Education) is responsible for ensuring state compliance with the law. In recen...
Head Start: Curriculum Use and Individual Child Assessment in Cognitive and Language Development
GAO-03-1049: Published: Sep 12, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2003.
To enhance Head Start's contribution to the school readiness of children from low-income families, the 1998 amendments to the Head Start Act provided for updating the Head Start performance standards to ensure that when children leave the program, they have the basic skills needed to start school. Head Start's performance standards for education and early childhood development require that the pro...
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...
Flexibility Demonstration Programs: Education Needs to Better Target Program Information
GAO-03-691: Published: Jun 9, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2003.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLBA) has focused national attention on increasing accountability for states and school districts to improve student achievement. While increasing accountability, NCLBA also provided states and school districts with additional flexibility. The act established two flexibility demonstration programs--State- and Local-Flex--which allow up to 7 states and 80 scho...
Disadvantaged Students: Fiscal Oversight of Title I Could Be Improved
GAO-03-377: Published: Feb 28, 2003. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2003.
New resources for education come at a time when states are struggling to address budget shortfalls. Two provisions in Title I--maintenance of effort (MOE) and supplement not supplant (SNS)--are designed to limit the extent to which federal funds could be used to replace state and local resources. To assess the quality of oversight of these provisions, GAO determined (1) how 6 states--Arizona, Cali...
Department of Education: Guaranteed Student Loan Program Vulnerabilities
GAO-03-268R: Published: Nov 21, 2002. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2003.
Congress requested that GAO investigate weaknesses in the Department of Education's administration of student loans for postsecondary education under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program. As a result of the undercover investigation, GAO exposed vulnerabilities in the administration of the FFEL Program. GAO set up a fictitious school and sought and obtained approval for student loans to...
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...
School Dropouts: Education Could Play a Stronger Role in Identifying and Disseminating Promising Prevention Strategies
GAO-02-240: Published: Feb 1, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 2002.
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that the national status dropout rate--the percentage of 16- through 24-year olds who are not enrolled in school and who lack a high school diploma or a high school equivalency certificate--fluctuated between 10.9 and 12.5 percent between 1990 and 2000. However, dropout rates have varied considerably between regions of the country and amo...
Federally Funded Math and Science Materials
GAO-01-81R: Published: Oct 12, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2000.
The federal government is an important sponsor of math and science education for elementary and secondary school students. GAO identified at least 61 federally funded projects that are designed to improve students' skills in these key areas. The materials in these projects are taught over the course of a partial school year, single school year, or multiple school years. Algebra, calculus, and basi...