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School Improvement Grants: Education Should Take Additional Steps to Enhance Accountability for Schools and Contractors
GAO-12-373: Published: Apr 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2012.
Successful SIG implementation posed a number of challenges. Specifically, state and district officials were challenged to build staff capacity and commitment for reform, facing difficulties such as recruiting and retaining strong staff members. In addition, the SIG requirements to develop teacher evaluations and increase student learning time were difficult to implement quickly and effectively bec...
School Improvement Grants: Survey of State Educational Agencies Regarding Grant Implementation (GAO-12-370SP, April 2012), an E-supplement to GAO-12-373
GAO-12-370SP: Published: Apr 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2012.
This e-publication supplements our report: School Improvement Grants: Education Should Take Steps to Ensure Accountability for Schools and Contractors (GAO-12-373). This e-publication includes the questions we asked in a web-based survey of state educational agencies (SEA) about implementation of the School Improvement Grant (SIG) Program and summarizes the answers given by the SEAs. The SEA surve...
K-12 Education: School-Based Physical Education and Sports Programs
GAO-12-350: Published: Feb 29, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2012.
While the most recent national data show instruction time for PE decreased from 2000 to 2006, officials GAO interviewed stated that school sports opportunities have generally increased in recent years. Specifically, the percentage of schools that offered PE at least 3 days a week decreased from 2000 to 2006, but the percentage of schools that required students in each grade to take some PE increas...
Postsecondary Education: Financial Trends in Public and Private Nonprofit Institutions
GAO-12-179: Published: Jan 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2012.
For fiscal years 1999 through 2009, both public and private nonprofit schools increasingly relied on tuition revenues when compared with other sources of revenue. Net tuition and feesrevenues received after subtracting institutional aid provided to studentsclimbed from 16 to 22 percent of total revenue at public schools, and from 29 to 40 percent at private nonprofit schools. According...
Race to the Top: Characteristics of Grantees' Amended Programs and Education's Review Process
GAO-12-228R: Published: Dec 8, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2012.
In summary, we found that (1) According to Education officials, most amendments consisted of minor adjustments to grant budgets, activities, and timelines, and some amendments involved significant changes to the grant award. Grantees have cited a variety of reasons for these amendments, such as timeline delays and difficulty finding qualified staff. (2) Education established a review process in wh...
Postsecondary Education: Student Outcomes Vary at For-Profit, Nonprofit, and Public Schools
GAO-12-143: Published: Dec 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2011.
Institutions of higher education, including for-profit, nonprofit, and public schools, receive billions of dollars each year from the Department of Education (Education) to help students pay for school. In the 2009-2010 school year, Education provided $132 billion in grants and loans to students under federal student aid programs, up from $49 billion in the 2001-2002 school year. However, relative...
For-Profit Schools: Experiences of Undercover Students Enrolled in Online Classes at Selected Colleges
GAO-12-150: Published: Oct 31, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 22, 2011.
Once comprised of local, sole-proprietor ownership, the nation's for-profit institutions now range from small, privately owned schools to publicly traded corporations. Enrollment in such colleges has grown far faster than in traditional higher-education institutions. Moreover, during the 2009-2010 school year, for-profit colleges received almost $32 billion in grants and loans provided to students...
Higher Education: Use of New Data Could Help Improve Oversight of Distance Education
GAO-12-39: Published: Nov 17, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2011.
As the largest provider of financial aid in higher education, with about $134 billion in Title IV funds provided to students in fiscal year 2010, the Department of Education (Education) has a considerable interest in distance education. Distance education--that is, offering courses by the Internet, video, or other forms outside the classroom--has been a growing force in postsecondary education and...
School Improvement Grants: Early Implementation Under Way, but Reforms Affected by Short Time Frames
GAO-11-741: Published: Jul 25, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2011.
The School Improvement Grants (SIG) program, which was created in 2002, funds reforms in the country's lowest-performing schools with the goal of improving student outcomes, such as standardized test scores and graduation rates. Congress greatly increased SIG program funding from $125 million available in fiscal year 2007--the first year the program was funded--to $3.5 billion in fiscal year 2009...
Disadvantaged Students: School Districts Have Used Title I Funds Primarily to Support Instruction
GAO-11-595: Published: Jul 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2011.
Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended, is the largest federal education funding source for kindergarten through grade 12. In fiscal year 2010, Congress appropriated $14.5 billion for Title I grants to school districts to improve educational programs in schools with high concentrations of students from lowincome families. ESEA includes accountability requirements...