Educational standards (1 - 10 of 42 items) in Custom Date Range
K-12 Education: Education's Experiences with Flexibility Waivers Could Inform Efforts to Assist States with New Requirements
GAO-16-650: Published: Jul 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2016.
Since introducing its Flexibility initiative in 2011—inviting states to request a waiver from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) in effect at the time—the Department of Education (Education) has monitored states' efforts and identified challenges to states' ability to fully implement their waivers. According to GAO's analysis of Education letters an...
K-12 Education: Internal Controls for Program Management and Oversight Can Help Ensure the Success of School Choice Programs
GAO-16-212T: Published: Nov 4, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 2015.
Students in the District of Columbia (District) have many choices for K-12 schooling including charter, magnet, and traditional public schools, as well as private schools through the federally funded Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP). Strong fiscal monitoring and oversight of the various schools that participate in choice programs is critical to ensuring that these programs have effective inte...
Teacher Preparation Programs: Education Should Ensure States Identify Low-Performing Programs and Improve Information-Sharing
GAO-15-598: Published: Jul 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015.
State oversight officials reported that they approve teacher preparation programs (TPP) by assessing the quality of program design and analyzing candidate data such as program graduation rates, according to GAO’s 2014-2015 survey of states and the District of Columbia. However, some states reported that they do not assess whether TPPs are low-performing, as required by federal law. To receive fu...
Race to the Top: Education Could Better Support Grantees and Help Them Address Capacity Challenges
GAO-15-295: Published: Apr 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2015.
The Department of Education's (Education) Race to the Top (RTT) program encouraged states to reform their K-12 educational systems, but states and districts faced various capacity challenges in implementing the reforms. RTT accelerated education reforms underway and spurred new reforms in all 19 RTT states and in an estimated 81 percent of districts, according to GAO's surveys of RTT grantees and...
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: Standards Needed to Improve Identification of Racial and Ethnic Overrepresentation in Special Education
GAO-13-137: Published: Feb 27, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2013.
In 2010, states required about 2 percent of all districts to use Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funds for early intervening services to address the overrepresentation of racial and ethnic groups in special education. Based on definitions states individually developed to measure this overrepresentation-- referred to in IDEA as significant disproportionality--356 districts were r...
Indian Affairs: Management Challenges Continue to Hinder Efforts to Improve Indian Education
GAO-13-342T: Published: Feb 27, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2013.
Management challenges within the Department of Interior's Office of the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs (Indian Affairs), such as fragmented administrative structures and frequent turnover in leadership, continue to hamper efforts to improve Indian education. For example, incompatible procedures and lack of clear roles for the Bureau of Indian Education and the Indian Affairs' Deputy Assistan...
Higher Education: Use of New Data Could Help Improve Oversight of Distance Education
GAO-12-39: Published: Nov 17, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2011.
As the largest provider of financial aid in higher education, with about $134 billion in Title IV funds provided to students in fiscal year 2010, the Department of Education (Education) has a considerable interest in distance education. Distance education--that is, offering courses by the Internet, video, or other forms outside the classroom--has been a growing force in postsecondary education and...
Department of Education: Improved Dissemination and Timely Product Release Would Enhance the Usefulness of the What Works Clearinghouse
GAO-10-644: Published: Jul 23, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2010.
In connection with the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, GAO was required to study the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), a federal source of evidence about effective education practices. Operating through a 5-year contract awarded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the WWC reviews education research and disseminates its findings. GAO examined: (1) the extent...
Federal Education Funding: Overview of K-12 and Early Childhood Education Programs
GAO-10-51: Published: Jan 27, 2010. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 2010.
The federal government invests in the education of children, in part, to help ensure that the United States has a well-educated and skilled workforce to compete in the global marketplace. The federal government accounts for about nine percent of the total investment in K-12 education, with state and local sources covering the rest. Over the last two decades there have been a number of efforts to c...
Bureau of Indian Education: Improving Interior's Assistance Would Aid Tribal Groups Developing Academic Accountability Systems
GAO-08-1125T: Published: Sep 9, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2008.
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) requires states and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) to define and determine whether schools are making adequate yearly progress (AYP) toward the goal of 100 percent academic proficiency. To address tribes' needs for cultural preservation, NCLBA allows tribal groups to waive all or part of BIE's definition of AYP and propose an...