School districts (21 - 30 of 94 items)
Charter Schools: Additional Federal Attention Needed to Help Protect Access for Students with Disabilities
GAO-12-543: Published: Jun 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2012.
Charter schools enrolled a lower percentage of students with disabilities than traditional public schools, but little is known about the factors contributing to these differences. In school year 2009-2010, which was the most recent data available at the time of our review, approximately 11 percent of students enrolled in traditional public schools were students with disabilities compared to about...
School Bullying: Extent of Legal Protections for Vulnerable Groups Needs to Be More Fully Assessed
GAO-12-349: Published: May 29, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2012.
School bullying is a serious problem, and research shows that it can have detrimental outcomes for victims, including adverse psychological and behavioral outcomes. According to four nationally representative surveys conducted from 2005 to 2009, an estimated 20 to 28 percent of youth, primarily middle and high school-aged youths, reported they had been bullied during the survey periods. However, d...
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...
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...
School Meal Programs: More Systematic Development of Specifications Could Improve the Safety of Foods Purchased through USDA's Commodity Program
GAO-11-376: Published: May 3, 2011. Publicly Released: May 3, 2011.
Through its commodity program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides commodity foods at no cost to schools taking part in the national school meals programs. Commodities include raw ground beef, cheese, poultry, and fresh produce. Like federal food safety agencies, the commodity program has taken steps designed to reduce microbial contamination that can result in severe illness. GAO w...
Elementary and Secondary Education Act: Potential Effects of Changing Comparability Requirements
GAO-11-258: Published: Jan 28, 2011. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2011.
For fiscal year 2010, Congress appropriated $14.5 billion for Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), which funds services to students in schools with high concentrations of students from low-income families. Title I, Part A includes several fiscal requirements, which are designed to prevent local school districts from using federal dollars to replace state an...
K-12 Education: Selected Cases of Public and Private Schools That Hired or Retained Individuals with Histories of Sexual Misconduct
GAO-11-200: Published: Dec 8, 2010. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2010.
Prior GAO testimonies have described cases of physical abuse of children at youth residential treatment programs and public and private schools. However, children are also vulnerable to sexual abuse. A 2004 Department of Education report estimated that millions of students are subjected to sexual misconduct by a school employee at some time between kindergarten and the twelfth grade (K-12). GAO wa...
District of Columbia Public Education: Agencies Have Enhanced Internal Controls Over Federal Payments for School Improvement, But More Consistent Monitoring Needed
GAO-11-16: Published: Nov 18, 2010. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2010.
Between fiscal years 2004 and 2009, Congress appropriated nearly $190 million in federal payments for school improvement to the District of Columbia (D.C.). This includes $85 million to the state education office--currently the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)--to expand public charter schools and $105 million to D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) to improve education in public schoo...