Education program evaluation (61 - 70 of 221 items)
Teacher Quality: Approaches, Implementation, and Evaluation of Key Federal Efforts
GAO-07-861T: Published: May 17, 2007. Publicly Released: May 17, 2007.
Teachers are the single largest resource in our nation's elementary and secondary education system. However, according to recent research, many teachers lack competency in the subjects they teach. In addition, research shows that most teacher training programs leave new teachers feeling unprepared for the classroom. While the hiring and training of teachers is primarily the responsibility of state...
VA Student Financial Aid: Actions Needed to Reduce Overlap in Approval Activities
GAO-07-775T: Published: Apr 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 2007.
In fiscal year 2006, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) paid $19 million to state approving agencies (SAA) to assess whether schools and training programs are of sufficient quality for veterans to receive VA education assistance benefits when attending them. The Departments of Education and Labor also assess education and training programs for various purposes. This testimony describes (1) ch...
No Child Left Behind Act: Education Actions May Help Improve Implementation and Evaluation of Supplemental Educational Services
GAO-07-738T: Published: Apr 18, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2007.
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) requires districts with schools that receive Title I funds and that have not met state performance goals for 3 consecutive years to offer low-income students supplemental educational services (SES), such as tutoring. This testimony discusses early implementation of SES, including how (1) SES participation changed in recent years; (2) providers work with distric...
No Child Left Behind Act: Education Assistance Could Help States Better Measure Progress of Students with Limited English Proficiency
GAO-07-646T: Published: Mar 23, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 2007.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLBA) focused attention on the academic achievement of more than 5 million students with limited English proficiency. Obtaining valid test results for these students is challenging, given their language barriers. This testimony describes (1) the extent to which these students are meeting annual academic progress goals, (2) what states have done to ensure the...
Reading First: States Report Improvements in Reading Instruction, but Additional Procedures Would Clarify Education's Role in Ensuring Proper Implementation by States
GAO-07-161: Published: Feb 28, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 2007.
The Reading First program was designed to help students in kindergarten through third grade develop stronger reading skills. This report examines the implementation of the Reading First program, including (1) changes that have occurred to reading instruction; (2) criteria states have used to award sub-grants to districts, and the difficulties, if any, states faced during implementation; and (3) th...
VA Student Financial Aid: Management Actions Needed to Reduce Overlap in Approving Education and Training Programs and to Assess State Approving Agencies
GAO-07-384: Published: Mar 8, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2007.
In fiscal year 2006, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) paid approximately $2.1 billion in education assistance benefits to more than 470,000 beneficiaries and about $19 million to state approving agencies (SAA) to assess whether schools and training programs offer education of sufficient quality for veterans to receive VA education assistance benefits when attending them. Qualified individua...
Health Careers Opportunity Program: Process for Awarding Competitive Grants Included Independent Review
GAO-07-137: Published: Feb 2, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 2, 2007.
To support the education and training of health professionals, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), administers health professions education programs authorized under title VII of the Public Health Service Act. One of these programs, the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP), provides grants to health professions schools...
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...
Head Start: Additional Information on Implementation of Transportation Regulations
GAO-07-194R: Published: Nov 17, 2006. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 2006.
The Head Start program, administered by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), provides grants to local organizations to offer comprehensive early childhood services to approximately 900,000 poor children, ages 5 years or younger. While transportation is not a required service, in order to make Head Start more widely available to very poor children, over 70 percent of Head Start...
No Child Left Behind Act: Education's Data Improvement Efforts Could Strengthen the Basis for Distributing Title III Funds
GAO-07-140: Published: Dec 7, 2006. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2006.
Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLBA) designates federal funds to support the education of students with limited English proficiency and provides for formula-based grants to states. This report describes the data the Education Department used to distribute Title III funds and the implications of data measurement issues for the two allowable sources of data-- American Community...