state relations (11 - 20 of 21 items)
No Child Left Behind Act: Most Students with Disabilities Participated in Statewide Assessments, but Inclusion Options Could Be Improved
GAO-05-618: Published: Jul 20, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 2005.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has focused attention on improving the academic achievement of all students, including more than 6 million students with disabilities and requires that all students be assessed. Students with disabilities may be included through accommodations, such as extended time, or alternate assessments, such as teacher observation of student performance. To provide inform...
Preschool Education: Federal Investment for Low-Income Children Significant but Effectiveness Unclear
T-HEHS-00-83: Published: Apr 11, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed preschool education for children of low-income families, focusing on: (1) the federal and state commitment to preschool programs, including funding and collaborative efforts; and (2) what is known about the effectiveness of federal preschool programs.GAO noted that: (1) the federal investment in preschool programs for low-income children is consid...
Grant Programs: Design Features Shape Flexibility, Accountability, and Performance Information
GGD-98-137: Published: Jun 22, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO conducted a comparative study of block grants and similar programs that give state or local governments substantial flexibility in determining how funds are to be used, focusing on: (1) examining the design characteristics of these programs that have implications for flexibility, accountability, and programs' ability to collect information about performance...
Department of Education: Information Needs Are at the Core of Management Challenges Facing the Department
T-HEHS-98-124: Published: Mar 24, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 1998.
GAO discussed the challenges the Department of Education faces in carrying out its mission efficiently and effectively and in improving its accountability for the results of its efforts.GAO noted that: (1) while the Department has developed and submitted to Congress its 5-year strategic plan and 1999 performance plan as required by the Government Performance and Results Act, much additional work n...
Observations on the National School Lunch Program's Assessment, Improvement, and Monitoring System
124037: Sep 7, 1983
GAO conducted a survey to obtain information on the operation of the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) Assessment, Improvement, and Monitoring System (AIMS), which it implemented under interim regulations which established four standards to improve the management of the National School Lunch Program and ensure correct claims for federal program reimbursement. These standards provide that: (1) app...
More Can Be Done To Improve the Department of Agriculture's Commodity Donation Program
CED-81-83: Published: Jul 9, 1981. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1981.
In fiscal year 1980, state and local programs to feed students, the elderly, needy families, and others received over $900 million worth of food through the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) commodity donation program. About 90 percent of the donated food was for the school lunch program administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Two other USDA agencies provide the commodities.USDA has...
Unanswered Questions on Educating Handicapped Children in Local Public Schools
HRD-81-43: Published: Feb 5, 1981. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 1981.
In passing the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975, Congress set a goal that, by September 1, 1978, all of the Nation's handicapped children age 3 to 18 would have available a free appropriate public education which met their needs. This goal probably will not be achieved until at least the mid-1980's. A GAO review in 10 States disclosed major problems that need to be addressed.A la...
Increased Use of Expanded Function Dental Auxiliaries Would Benefit Consumers, Dentists, and Taxpayers
HRD-80-51: Published: Mar 7, 1980. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 1980.
Making better use of expanded function dental auxiliary (EFDA) personnel is one way to increase the efficiency of dental health care delivery and the availability of care. EFDA's are dental assistants or dental hygienists who have obtained additional education or training to perform a wide range of expanded clinical functions and patient care procedures under dentists' supervision. Using an EFDA t...
The Summer Feeding Program: How to Feed the Children and Stop Program Abuses
CED-77-59: Published: Apr 15, 1977. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1977.
Various aspects of the summer food service program for children were reviewed in light of alleged abuses during program operations in major urban areas. Causes of abuses that had been detected by other groups, including the Departments of Agriculture and Justice, were investigated. The review was conducted at the Food and Nutrition Service headquarters in Washington, D.C., and at the regional offi...