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K-12 Education: Federal Funding for and Characteristics of Public Schools with Extended Learning Time
GAO-16-141: Published: Nov 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2015.
The Department of Education (Education) primarily supports extended learning time for K-12 public schools through the School Improvement Grants program (SIG). The SIG program, with an average 3-year grant of $2.6 million, is the only Education program that provides funds specifically to establish extended learning time in schools, according to Education. Nearly 1,800 schools that received SIG fund...
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...
Education and Workforce Data: Challenges in Matching Student and Worker Information Raise Concerns about Longitudinal Data Systems
GAO-15-27: Published: Nov 19, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2014.
Over half of 48 grantee states that received a Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) or Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) grant have the ability to match data on individuals from early education into the workforce, based on GAO's analysis of 2013 Data Quality Campaign (DQC) survey data. The DQC is a nonprofit organization that supports the effective use of data to improve student achie...
Education Grants: Promise Neighborhoods Promotes Collaboration but Needs National Evaluation Plan
GAO-14-432: Published: May 5, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 2014.
The Department of Education (Education) used a two-phase strategy for awarding Promise Neighborhoods (Promise) grants, and aligned grant activities with program goals. Education awarded 1-year planning grants to organizations with the potential to effectively align services for students in their respective neighborhoods. Planning grants were generally intended to enhance the grantees' capacity to...
U.S. Merchant Marine: Maritime Administration Should Assess Potential Mariner-Training Needs
GAO-14-212: Published: Jan 31, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2014.
Maritime training--for domestic waterway and oceangoing operations--is available through many public and private entities. These entities include the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), state maritime academies, community colleges, union-affiliated schools, and about 230 private sector schools. Private companies also provide training to their mariner employees, including training to operate the...
Charter Schools: Guidance Needed for Military Base Schools on Startup and Operational Issues
GAO-13-67: Published: Feb 5, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 2013.
Eight charter schools were located on domestic military bases and one charter school was being developed on a base at the time of GAO's review. The military base charter schools differed in their academic focuses and served militaryconnected students to different degrees. For example, one school focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while another used the arts to teach all s...
School Improvement Grants: Education Should Take Additional Steps to Enhance Accountability for Schools and Contractors
GAO-12-373: Published: Apr 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2012.
Successful SIG implementation posed a number of challenges. Specifically, state and district officials were challenged to build staff capacity and commitment for reform, facing difficulties such as recruiting and retaining strong staff members. In addition, the SIG requirements to develop teacher evaluations and increase student learning time were difficult to implement quickly and effectively bec...
Race to the Top: Characteristics of Grantees' Amended Programs and Education's Review Process
GAO-12-228R: Published: Dec 8, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2012.
In summary, we found that (1) According to Education officials, most amendments consisted of minor adjustments to grant budgets, activities, and timelines, and some amendments involved significant changes to the grant award. Grantees have cited a variety of reasons for these amendments, such as timeline delays and difficulty finding qualified staff. (2) Education established a review process in wh...
Postsecondary Education: Student Outcomes Vary at For-Profit, Nonprofit, and Public Schools
GAO-12-143: Published: Dec 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2011.
Institutions of higher education, including for-profit, nonprofit, and public schools, receive billions of dollars each year from the Department of Education (Education) to help students pay for school. In the 2009-2010 school year, Education provided $132 billion in grants and loans to students under federal student aid programs, up from $49 billion in the 2001-2002 school year. However, relative...
School Improvement Grants: Early Implementation Under Way, but Reforms Affected by Short Time Frames
GAO-11-741: Published: Jul 25, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2011.
The School Improvement Grants (SIG) program, which was created in 2002, funds reforms in the country's lowest-performing schools with the goal of improving student outcomes, such as standardized test scores and graduation rates. Congress greatly increased SIG program funding from $125 million available in fiscal year 2007--the first year the program was funded--to $3.5 billion in fiscal year 2009...