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No Child Left Behind Act: Education Needs to Provide Additional Technical Assistance and Conduct Implementation Studies for School Choice Provision
GAO-05-7: Published: Dec 10, 2004. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2004.
The school choice provision of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) of 2001 applies to schools that receive Title I funds and that have not met state performance goals for 2 consecutive years, including goals set before the enactment of NCLBA. Students in such schools must be offered the choice to transfer to another school in the district. GAO undertook this review to provide the Congress a repor...
Low-Income and Minority Serving Institutions: Department of Education Could Improve Its Monitoring and Assistance
GAO-04-961: Published: Sep 21, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2004.
Congress has expanded the number of low-income and minority serving institutions eligible for grants under Titles III and V of the Higher Education Act and nearly doubled funding for these grants in the last 5 years to about $432 million in fiscal year 2004. Institutions eligible for funding under Titles III and V include Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, Hispanic Serv...
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...
College Completion: Additional Efforts Could Help Education with Its Completion Goals
GAO-03-568: Published: May 23, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2003.
Because of concerns that not enough students who start college are completing a bachelor's degree, we examined (1) the extent to which students who enroll in a 4-year college complete a bachelor's degree and identify the factors that affect completion; (2) what states and 4-year colleges and universities are doing to foster bachelor's degree completion; and (3) what the Department of Education (Ed...
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...
School Finance: Per-Pupil Spending Differences between Selected Inner City and Suburban Schools Varied by Metropolitan Area
GAO-03-234: Published: Dec 9, 2002. Publicly Released: Dec 9, 2002.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has focused national attention on the importance of ensuring each child's access to equal educational opportunity. The law seeks to improve the performance of schools and the academic achievement of students, including those who are economically disadvantaged. The Congress, among others, has been concerned about the education of economically disadvantaged stude...
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...
Head Start and Even Start: Greater Collaboration Needed on Measures of Adult Education and Literacy
GAO-02-348: Published: Mar 29, 2002. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2002.
The Head Start and Even Start Family Literacy programs have sought to improve the educational and economic outcomes for millions of disadvantaged children and their families. Because the two programs seek similar outcomes for similar populations, GAO has pointed out that they need to work together to avoid inefficiencies in program administrative and service delivery. Questions have also arisen ab...
Foreign Assistance: Global Food for Education Initiative Faces Challenges for Successful Implementation
GAO-02-328: Published: Feb 28, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2002.
At the Group of Eight industrialized countries' summit in July 2000, President Clinton proposed a Global Food for Education Initiative (GFEI) whereby developed countries would provide school breakfasts or lunches to needy children in poor countries. The aim of the initiative is to use school meals to attract children to school, keep them attending once they enroll, and improve learning. The presid...