Academic achievement (11 - 20 of 34 items)
No Child Left Behind Act: Education Should Clarify Guidance and Address Potential Compliance Issues for Schools in Corrective Action and Restructuring Status
GAO-07-1035: Published: Sep 5, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 5, 2007.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLBA) focused national attention on improving schools so that all students reach academic proficiency by 2014. In the 2006- 2007 school year, about 4,500 of the 54,000 Title I schools failed to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) for 4 or more years. Schools that miss AYP for 4 years are identified for corrective action, and after 6 years, they must be restru...
Charter Schools: Oversight Practices in the District of Columbia
GAO-05-490: Published: May 19, 2005. Publicly Released: May 19, 2005.
As required by the 2005 D.C. Appropriations Act, we examined the performance of D.C. charter school authorizers in their approval and oversight roles. In fall 2005, we will publish the full results of our research. However, as required by law, we provided Congress with an interim report on our work. For this interim report, we addressed the following questions: (1) what are the responsibilities sp...
Charter Schools: To Enhance Education's Monitoring and Research, More Charter School-Level Data Are Needed
GAO-05-5: Published: Jan 12, 2005. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 2005.
Charter schools are public schools that are granted increased autonomy by states in exchange for meeting specified academic goals. State law determines who approves the formation of a charter school, often the board of education. As public schools, charter schools are subject to the performance requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) as well. In this environment, states' systems for a...
No Child Left Behind Act: Education Needs to Provide Additional Technical Assistance and Conduct Implementation Studies for School Choice Provision
GAO-05-7: Published: Dec 10, 2004. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2004.
The school choice provision of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) of 2001 applies to schools that receive Title I funds and that have not met state performance goals for 2 consecutive years, including goals set before the enactment of NCLBA. Students in such schools must be offered the choice to transfer to another school in the district. GAO undertook this review to provide the Congress a repor...
No Child Left Behind Act: Improvements Needed in Education's Process for Tracking States' Implementation of Key Provisions
GAO-04-734: Published: Sep 30, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2004.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLBA) has focused national attention on improving the academic achievement of the nations' 48 million students by establishing a deadline--school year 2013-14--for public schools to ensure that all students are proficient in reading and math. Accordingly, states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico developed plans that set goals for increasing the numbe...
Public Schools: Comparison of Achievement Results for Students Attending Privately Managed and Traditional Schools in Six Cities
GAO-04-62: Published: Oct 29, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 2003.
Over the last decade, a series of educational reforms have increased opportunities for private companies to play a role in public education. For instance, school districts have sometimes looked to private companies to manage poorly performing schools. The accountability provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 may further increase such arrangements because schools that continuously fail...
Public Schools: Insufficient Research to Determine Effectiveness of Selected Private Education Companies
GAO-03-11: Published: Oct 29, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 2002.
In recent years, local school districts and traditional public schools have taken various initiatives to improve failing schools. School districts and charter schools are increasingly contracting with private, for-profit companies to provide a range of education and management services to schools. In the District of Columbia, some public schools contract with three such companies: Edison Schools...
School Vouchers: Characteristics of Privately Funded Programs
GAO-02-752: Published: Sep 10, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2002.
Privately funded voucher programs are a new development in the nation's experiment with school vouchers. These programs, started in the early 1990s, provide low-income families with private, nongovernmental tuition assistance at private schools for kindergarten through grade 12. Although private schools have long offered various forms of financial assistance, many of these privately funded voucher...
BIA and DOD Schools: Student Achievement and Other Characteristics Often Differ from Public Schools'
GAO-01-934: Published: Sep 28, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 2001.
Unlike public schools, the schools run by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) depend almost entirely on federal funds. Although the two school systems are similar in that regard, their histories and settings are very different. The performance of many BIA students on standardized tests and other academic measures is far below that of public school students. BIA s...
School Vouchers: Publicly Funded Programs in Cleveland and Milwaukee
GAO-01-914: Published: Aug 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2001.
This report reviews the Cleveland and Milwaukee school voucher programs, which provide money for low-income families to send their children to private schools. Both programs require participating private schools to be located within the city or the city's school district and to adhere to state standards for private schools, such as those covering health and safety. In both Cleveland and Milwaukee,...