School districts (21 - 30 of 66 items)
DOD Schools: Limitations in DOD-Sponsored Study on Transfer Alternatives Underscore Need for Additional Assessment
GAO-05-469: Published: Apr 26, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2005.
The Department of Defense (DOD) operates 59 elementary and secondary schools serving over a dozen military bases in the continental United States Periodically, questions have been raised concerning the continuing need for such schools. In 2002, DOD commissioned the Donahue Institute of the University of Massachusetts to examine the potential for transferring these schools to local education agenci...
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...
Commercial Activities in Schools: Use of Student Data is Limited and Additional Dissemination of Guidance Could Help Districts Develop Policies
GAO-04-810: Published: Aug 20, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2004.
Congress has continuing interest in commercial activities in U.S. public schools. These include product sales, advertising, market research, and the commercial use of personal data about students (such as names, addresses, and telephone numbers) by schools. To update information about commercial activities in schools, Congress asked us to answer the following questions: (1) Since 2000, what statut...
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 Meal Programs: Estimated Costs for Three Administrative Processes at Selected Locations
GAO-02-944: Published: Sep 25, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2002.
Each school day, millions of children receive meals and snacks provided through the National School Lunch and National School Breakfast Programs. Any child at a participating school may purchase a meal through these school meal programs, and children from households that apply and meet established income guidelines can receive these meals free or at a reduced price. The federal government reimburs...
Public Education: Meeting the Needs of Students With Limited English Proficiency
GAO-01-226: Published: Feb 23, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 2001.
Experts disagree about the best methods to teach student who speak little English. Even though different approaches to English language instruction may be effective, many variables may influence a given school's program choices. Moreover, there is no clear time line for acquiring English proficiency. Local decisions about the amount of time needed to attain proficiency and the amount of languag...
Public Education: Commercial Activities in Schools
HEHS-00-156: Published: Sep 8, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on commercial activities in public schools, focusing on: (1) laws, regulations, and policies that regulate commercial activities in schools; and (2) the nature and extent of these activities.GAO noted that: (1) state laws and regulations governing commercial activities in public schools are not comprehensive; (2) nationwide, only genera...
Reported Year 2000 (Y2K) Readiness Status of 25 Large School Districts
AIMD-99-296R: Published: Sep 21, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the year 2000 readiness status of 25 of the nation's largest public school districts, focusing on the systems supporting those districts' key business functions.GAO noted that: (1) in most instances, surveyed public school districts designated administrative systems, student records, facilities/embedded systems, student transportation, and food ser...
District of Columbia Public Schools: Audit Confirms Reasonableness of Enrollment Count, but Report's Presentation Is Unclear
HEHS-99-66R: Published: Mar 31, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed an independent audit of the District of Columbia Public Schools' (DCPS) enrollment counts, which is required by the District of Columbia School Reform Act of 1995, focusing on whether the: (1) audit methodology was reasonable; and (2) audit report's presentation was clear and complete.GAO noted that: (1) it found the audit methodology to be reasona...