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Special Education: More Flexible Spending Requirement Could Mitigate Unintended Consequences While Protecting Services
GAO-16-2: Published: Oct 19, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 2015.
States reported that nearly all school districts generally met the local maintenance of effort (MOE) spending requirement for special education, but some districts faced challenges for various reasons. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), MOE requires districts to spend at least the same amount on special education services for students with disabilities that they spent in...
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...
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...
Department of Education: Status of Prior GAO Recommendations
GAO-14-848T: Published: Sep 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2014.
The Department of Education (Education) has implemented 218 of the 286 recommendations GAO has made since fiscal year 2004, resulting in significant benefits and programmatic improvements. Education implemented 93 percent of recommendations made from fiscal year 2004 through 2009 within 4 years, a standard measure GAO uses to track performance, compared to the governmentwide average of around 80 p...
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...
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...
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...
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...