Educational standards (31 - 40 of 42 items)
Student Testing: Issues Related to Voluntary National Mathematics and Reading Tests
HEHS-98-163: Published: Jun 18, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Education's plan to develop voluntary national tests for fourth grade reading and eighth grade mathematics, focusing on: (1) the relationship between the National Assessment Governing Board and Education; (2) costs of developing the national voluntary tests and procedures for hiring contractors; and (3) possible explanations for t...
VA Student Financial Aid: Opportunity to Reduce Overlap in Approving Education and Training Programs
HEHS-96-22: Published: Oct 30, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined the extent to which state approving agencies (SAA) assessment activities overlap the efforts of other agencies.GAO found that: (1) $10.5 million of the $12 million paid to SAA in 1994 was spent to conduct assessments already performed by the Department of Education; (2) these assessments involved reviews of accredited academic and vocational scho...
Education and Employment Issue Area Plan: Fiscal Years 1995-96
IAP-95-96: Published: Sep 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 1995.
Our issue area's work in education focuses on matters relating to children's early development and their preparation for higher education and work. These issues are especially significant as Congress assesses the effectiveness of current federal education programs and reconsiders the extent of federal involvement. We will continue to focus on federal activities supporting state and local governmen...
School-Age Children: Poverty and Diversity Challenge Schools Nationwide
T-HEHS-94-125: Published: Mar 16, 1994. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 1994.
GAO discussed the educational needs of poor school-aged children and the impact of demographic changes on national education goals. GAO noted that: (1) although the total number of school-age children declined by 2.3 million between 1980 and 1990, the number of poor school-age children increased to 7.6 million and the school-age poverty rate increased to 17.1 percent; (2) since 1990, child poverty...
Educational Achievement Standards: NAGB's Approach Yields Misleading Interpretations
PEMD-93-12: Published: Jun 23, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the approach the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) used to establish standards for student performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in mathematics, focusing on: (1) its strengths and weaknesses; (2) its suitability and that of alternative approaches for use with NAEP; and (3) NAGB capability to provide technica...
Educational Testing: The Canadian Experience With Standards, Examinations, and Assessments
PEMD-93-11: Published: Apr 28, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Canada's experiences with large-scale testing programs, focusing on: (1) how Canadian educational standards are set; (2) the types of tests used; (3) whether the tests were accountable; (4) safeguards which prevent the misuse of test results; and (5) whether tests improved teaching and learning.GAO found that: (1) Canadian test standards are set by...
Planning for Education Standards
PEMD-93-21R: Published: Apr 12, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed proposed policy and oversight for education standards, focusing on: (1) the functions needed to certify proposed voluntary national education standards and create a system of assessments; (2) whether the proposed National Education Standards and Assessments Council (NESAC) and the National Education Goals Panel (NEGP) can perform these functions; a...
Student Testing: Current Extent and Expenditures, With Cost Estimates for a National Examination
PEMD-93-8: Published: Jan 13, 1993. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed standardized school testing, focusing on: (1) its current nature, extent, and cost; and (2) how a new national test would affect those factors.GAO found that: (1) from 1990 through 1991, systemwide testing took 7 hours per year and cost an average of $15 per student; (2) the typical test was the commercially-developed four- or five-subject multiple...
The First Step Toward Reform
147980: Jan 1, 1992
This article, which appeared in the GAO Journal, No. 16, Fall/Winter 1992, compares foreign countries' national educational standards with the lack of national educational standards in the United States, focusing on how differences in assessment of student achievement, governance of education, and college admission standards have resulted in an ineffective educational system that does not inspire...
Visibility and Leadership: The Changing Federal Role in Education
147976: Jan 1, 1992
This article, which appeared in the GAO Journal, No. 16, Fall/Winter 1992, discusses federal involvement in education and focuses on: (1) federal programs in elementary and secondary education; (2) the President and nation's governors' establishment of national education goals for the year 2000 and establishment of the National Education Goals Panel; (3) the establishment of national standards for...