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District of Columbia Charter Schools: Multi-Agency Plan Needed to Continue Progress Addressing High and Disproportionate Discipline Rates
GAO-17-165: Published: Feb 9, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 9, 2017.
Discipline rates (out-of-school suspension and expulsion rates) at District of Columbia (D.C.) charter schools dropped from school years 2011-12 through 2013-14 (the most recent years of national Department of Education data available). However, these rates remained about double the rates of charter schools nationally and slightly higher than D.C. traditional public schools and were also dispropor...
K-12 Education: Better Use of Information Could Help Agencies Identify Disparities and Address Racial Discrimination
GAO-16-345: Published: Apr 21, 2016. Publicly Released: May 17, 2016.
The percentage of K-12 public schools in the United States with students who are poor and are mostly Black or Hispanic is growing and these schools share a number of challenging characteristics. From school years 2000-01 to 2013-14 (the most recent data available), the percentage of all K-12 public schools that had high percentages of poor and Black or Hispanic students grew from 9 to 16 percent,...
Emergency Management: Improved Federal Coordination Could Better Assist K-12 Schools Prepare for Emergencies
GAO-16-144: Published: Mar 10, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2016.
The Departments of Education (Education), Health and Human Services (HHS), Homeland Security (DHS), and Justice (Justice) support K-12 schools in preparing for emergencies with various resources, including training, technical assistance, and funding, but their efforts are not strategically coordinated. Since jointly issuing a Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans in...
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...
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...
K-12 Education: Most Eighth Grade Students Are Not Proficient in Geography
GAO-16-7: Published: Oct 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 2015.
About three-quarters of eighth grade students—the only grade for which trend data are available—were not “proficient” in geography in 2014, according to GAO's analysis of nationally representative data from the Department of Education (Education). Specifically, these students had not demonstrated solid competence in the subject, and the proficiency levels of eighth grade students have show...
Race to the Top: Survey of School Districts' Capacity to Implement Reform (GAO-15-317SP, April 2015), an E-supplement to GAO-15-295
GAO-15-317SP: Published: Apr 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2015.
This e-publication supplements our report, RACE TO THE TOP: Education Could Better Support Grantees and Help Them Address Capacity Challenges (GAO-15-295). The purpose of this e-publication is to provide information from a web-based survey of a stratified random sample of school district officials who received Race to the Top (RTT) funds.(1) The school district survey was designed to obtain inf...
Indian Affairs: Preliminary Results Show Continued Challenges to the Oversight and Support of Education Facilities
GAO-15-389T: Published: Feb 27, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2015.
Information on the physical condition of Bureau of Education (BIE) schools is not complete or accurate as a result of longstanding issues with the quality of data collected by the Department of the Interior's (Interior) Office of the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs (Indian Affairs). GAO's preliminary results indicate that issues with the quality of data on school conditions—such as inconsiste...
Higher Education: Education Should Strengthen Oversight of Schools and Accreditors [Reissued on January 22, 2015]
GAO-15-59: Published: Dec 22, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2014.
Over a 4-1/2-year period, accreditors—independent agencies recognized by the Department of Education (Education)—sanctioned about 8 percent of schools for not meeting accreditor standards. They terminated accreditation for about 1 percent of accredited schools, thereby ending the schools' access to federal student aid funds. Accreditors must be officially recognized by Education as reliable au...
Higher Education: State Funding Trends and Policies on Affordability
GAO-15-151: Published: Dec 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2014.
From fiscal years 2003 through 2012, state funding for all public colleges decreased, while tuition rose. Specifically, state funding decreased by 12 percent overall while median tuition rose 55 percent across all public colleges. The decline in state funding for public colleges may have been due in part to the impact of the recent recession on state budgets. Colleges began receiving less of their...