Academic achievement (21 - 30 of 34 items)
At-Risk Youth: School-Community Collaborations Focus on Improving Student Outcomes
GAO-01-66: Published: Oct 10, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 10, 2000.
This report focuses on school and community collaborations for improving student outcomes for at-risk youth. To better provide the support needed for these students to succeed in school and beyond, some schools and school districts have intensified their collaboration with businesses, community agencies, and other neighborhood organizations. These efforts, which go substantially beyond the usual l...
Public Education: Issues Involving Single-Gender Schools and Programs
HEHS-96-122: Published: May 28, 1996. Publicly Released: May 28, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the major educational and legal issues involved with public single-gender education.GAO found that: (1) single-gender educational programs are thought to reduce dropout rates and improve overall academic performance among urban males and academic achievement in mathematics and science among females; (2) single-gender settings are believed to reduce...
Private Management of Public Schools: Early Experiences in Four School Districts
HEHS-96-3: Published: Apr 19, 1996. Publicly Released: May 20, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the experiences of four school districts that contracted for public school management, focusing on the effects of private management contract arrangements on students.GAO found that: (1) in Baltimore, Maryland, one contractor used its average per pupil allocation to manage 9 of the district's 183 schools, implement an instructional approach, and pa...
School Finance: Three States' Experiences With Equity in School Funding
HEHS-96-39: Published: Dec 19, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the experiences of three states that reformed their school finance systems, focusing on the: (1) reforms made to each school finance system; (2) legal, budgetary, and political pressures that state legislatures faced in making the reforms; and (3) impact of the legislative remedies in addressing educational funding disparities.GAO found that: (1) l...
Education Reform: School-Based Management Results in Changes in Instruction and Budgeting
HEHS-94-135: Published: Aug 23, 1994. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the impact of school-based management (SBM) initiatives on education reform, focusing on: (1) how SBM implementation would affect school administrators' and teachers' ability to change schools' instructional programs and budgets; (2) the key similarities and differences in districts' approaches to SBM; and (3) how SBM would affect Ch...
Regulatory Flexibility in Schools: What Happens When Schools Are Allowed to Change the Rules?
HEHS-94-102: Published: Apr 29, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed three states' experience with providing regulatory flexibility to schools to better serve disadvantaged children.GAO found that: (1) the three states' regulatory flexibility approaches varied; (2) the states also granted regulatory waivers to schools on a case-by-case basis, but they could not waive federal regulations; (3) schools in all three sta...
School-Linked Human Services: A Comprehensive Strategy for Aiding Students at Risk of School Failure
HRD-94-21: Published: Dec 30, 1993. Publicly Released: Dec 30, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on school-linked programs that improve the educational performance and well-being of students at risk of school failure, focusing on: (1) whether multiservice school-linked programs sufficiently assist students and their families; (2) the barriers in using schools for delivering services; and (3) the federal government's role in promoti...
Exiting Program Improvement
HRD-93-2R: Published: Mar 30, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 1993.
GAO provided information on the: (1) percentage of Chapter 1 schools that exit the Chapter 1 program after 1 year due to improved student achievement-test scores; and (2) extent of inaccurate school ratings based on imprecise achievement-test scores. GAO found that: (1) one-half to three-quarters of the schools identified for program improvement would improve student achievement-test scores after...
Chapter 1 Accountability: Greater Focus on Program Goals Needed
HRD-93-69: Published: Mar 29, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the implementation of Chapter 1 program improvement provisions, focusing on the: (1) process states and school districts use to identify schools for program improvements; and (2) implementation of the joint and local phases of program improvement.GAO found that: (1) states and school districts identified schools needing program improvement if their...
National Assessment Technical Quality
PEMD-92-22R: Published: Mar 11, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information about its ongoing review of how the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) set achievement levels for interpreting and reporting students' mathematics achievement on the 1990 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). GAO noted that: (1) evaluation consultants and other education experts expressed concerns about the NAGB ap...