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Special Education: More Flexible Spending Requirement Could Mitigate Unintended Consequences While Protecting Services
GAO-16-2: Published: Oct 19, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 2015.
States reported that nearly all school districts generally met the local maintenance of effort (MOE) spending requirement for special education, but some districts faced challenges for various reasons. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), MOE requires districts to spend at least the same amount on special education services for students with disabilities that they spent in...
Department of Education: Status of Prior GAO Recommendations
GAO-14-848T: Published: Sep 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2014.
The Department of Education (Education) has implemented 218 of the 286 recommendations GAO has made since fiscal year 2004, resulting in significant benefits and programmatic improvements. Education implemented 93 percent of recommendations made from fiscal year 2004 through 2009 within 4 years, a standard measure GAO uses to track performance, compared to the governmentwide average of around 80 p...
VA Education Benefits: VA Needs to Improve Program Management and Provide More Timely Information to Students
GAO-13-338: Published: May 22, 2013. Publicly Released: May 22, 2013.
Student veterans face many challenges pursuing higher education, and problems with the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) administration of the Post-9/11 GI Bill create financial challenges that also affect veterans' academic success. Veterans already cope with challenges transitioning into college as nontraditional students (older or with family obligations) while they are readjusting to civili...
K-12 Education: School-Based Physical Education and Sports Programs
GAO-12-350: Published: Feb 29, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2012.
While the most recent national data show instruction time for PE decreased from 2000 to 2006, officials GAO interviewed stated that school sports opportunities have generally increased in recent years. Specifically, the percentage of schools that offered PE at least 3 days a week decreased from 2000 to 2006, but the percentage of schools that required students in each grade to take some PE increas...
Higher Education and Disability: Improved Federal Enforcement Needed to Better Protect Students' Rights to Testing Accommodations
GAO-12-40: Published: Nov 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 29, 2011.
Among accommodations requested and granted in the most recent testing year, approximately three-quarters were for extra time, and about half were for applicants with learning disabilities. High school and postsecondary school officials GAO interviewed reported advising students about which accommodations to request and providing documentation to testing companies, such as a student's accommodation...
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children: Federal Support for Developing Language and Literacy
GAO-11-357: Published: May 25, 2011. Publicly Released: May 25, 2011.
Deaf and hard of hearing children can face significant challenges developing the language and literacy skills needed to succeed in school and become self-sufficient adults. The federal government supports these children through the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program, which awards grants to states to develop systems to screen and diagnose newborns and infants for hearing loss a...
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...
DOD Schools: Additional Reporting Could Improve Accountability for Academic Achievement of Students with Dyslexia
GAO-08-70: Published: Dec 6, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 2007.
Many of our nation's military and civilian personnel depend on Department of Defense (DOD) schools to meet their children's educational needs. These schools provide a range of educational services including programs for students with disabilities and those who struggle to read, some of whom may have a condition referred to as dyslexia. To determine how DOD supports students with dyslexia and how i...
Federal Disability Assistance: Stronger Federal Oversight Could Help Assure Multiple Programs' Accountability
GAO-07-236: Published: Jan 26, 2007. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 2007.
Congress has created 20 federal employment-related programs that are aimed at helping people with disabilities obtain jobs. Little is known about the effectiveness and the management of some of these programs. GAO was asked to review four of these programs; the Department of Education (Education) oversees three--Projects with Industry (PWI), Supported Employment State Grants, and Randolph-Sheppard...
Summary of a GAO Conference: Helping California Youths with Disabilities Transition to Work or Postsecondary Education
GAO-06-759SP: Published: Jun 20, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2006.
The federal government plays a significant role in supporting youths with disabilities, many of whom research has shown are less likely than other students to successfully transition from high school to postsecondary education or employment. Federal programs make considerable investments in providing transition services for youths with disabilities, often through state and local agencies. GAO has...