Education program evaluation (11 - 20 of 28 items)
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...
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...
Education Programs: Information on Major Preschool, Elementary, and Secondary Education Programs
HEHS-97-210R: Published: Sep 15, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on work it completed from 1990 through 1997 addressing early childhood, elementary, and secondary education issues.GAO noted that: (1) GAO work has identified the need for improvement in the Department of Education's oversight and management of education programs; (2) a major weakness is lack of evaluations of program effectiveness and...
Education and Employment Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-97-13(3): Published: Sep 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 1997.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Education and Employment issue area as of August 29, 1997...
School-Age Children: Poverty and Diversity Challenge Schools Nationwide
T-HEHS-94-125: Published: Mar 16, 1994. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 1994.
GAO discussed the educational needs of poor school-aged children and the impact of demographic changes on national education goals. GAO noted that: (1) although the total number of school-age children declined by 2.3 million between 1980 and 1990, the number of poor school-age children increased to 7.6 million and the school-age poverty rate increased to 17.1 percent; (2) since 1990, child poverty...
Planning for Education Standards
PEMD-93-21R: Published: Apr 12, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed proposed policy and oversight for education standards, focusing on: (1) the functions needed to certify proposed voluntary national education standards and create a system of assessments; (2) whether the proposed National Education Standards and Assessments Council (NESAC) and the National Education Goals Panel (NEGP) can perform these functions; a...
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...
Student Testing: Current Extent and Expenditures, With Cost Estimates for a National Examination
PEMD-93-8: Published: Jan 13, 1993. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed standardized school testing, focusing on: (1) its current nature, extent, and cost; and (2) how a new national test would affect those factors.GAO found that: (1) from 1990 through 1991, systemwide testing took 7 hours per year and cost an average of $15 per student; (2) the typical test was the commercially-developed four- or five-subject multiple...
The First Step Toward Reform
147980: Jan 1, 1992
This article, which appeared in the GAO Journal, No. 16, Fall/Winter 1992, compares foreign countries' national educational standards with the lack of national educational standards in the United States, focusing on how differences in assessment of student achievement, governance of education, and college admission standards have resulted in an ineffective educational system that does not inspire...