Education program evaluation (1 - 10 of 86 items)
School Choice: Private School Choice Programs Are Growing and Can Complicate Providing Certain Federally Funded Services to Eligible Students
GAO-16-712: Published: Aug 11, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2016.
Participation in voucher and education savings account (ESA) programs, which fund private school tuition and other educational expenses, has more than doubled in the past 5 years, and available information about the characteristics of participating students varies. From school years 2010-11 through 2014-15, the number of students participating in these private school choice programs—which are re...
K-12 Education: Education's Experiences with Flexibility Waivers Could Inform Efforts to Assist States with New Requirements
GAO-16-650: Published: Jul 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2016.
Since introducing its Flexibility initiative in 2011—inviting states to request a waiver from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) in effect at the time—the Department of Education (Education) has monitored states' efforts and identified challenges to states' ability to fully implement their waivers. According to GAO's analysis of Education letters an...
Federal Student Loans: Education Could Improve Direct Loan Program Customer Service and Oversight
GAO-16-523: Published: May 16, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2016.
The Department of Education (Education) and its contracted loan servicers provide a range of information to borrowers about their federal Direct Loans for higher education, such as repayment plans and procedures, but some borrowers GAO interviewed reported difficulties with contacting servicers through their call centers. Borrowers noted similar concerns in Education's 2014 and 2015 customer satis...
K-12 Education: Internal Controls for Program Management and Oversight Can Help Ensure the Success of School Choice Programs
GAO-16-212T: Published: Nov 4, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 2015.
Students in the District of Columbia (District) have many choices for K-12 schooling including charter, magnet, and traditional public schools, as well as private schools through the federally funded Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP). Strong fiscal monitoring and oversight of the various schools that participate in choice programs is critical to ensuring that these programs have effective inte...
Teacher Preparation Programs: Education Should Ensure States Identify Low-Performing Programs and Improve Information-Sharing
GAO-15-598: Published: Jul 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015.
State oversight officials reported that they approve teacher preparation programs (TPP) by assessing the quality of program design and analyzing candidate data such as program graduation rates, according to GAO’s 2014-2015 survey of states and the District of Columbia. However, some states reported that they do not assess whether TPPs are low-performing, as required by federal law. To receive fu...
International Education Assistance: USAID Has Implemented Primary Grade Reading Programs but Has Not Yet Measured Progress toward Its Strategic Goal
GAO-15-479: Published: May 7, 2015. Publicly Released: May 14, 2015.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) missions in all five countries where GAO conducted fieldwork were implementing primary grade reading interventions recommended in USAID's education strategy guidance. A key intervention in four of these countries is developing new reading instruction materials in mother-tongue languages—in some instances, multiple languages. In Ethiopia, for exam...
Race to the Top: Education Could Better Support Grantees and Help Them Address Capacity Challenges
GAO-15-295: Published: Apr 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2015.
The Department of Education's (Education) Race to the Top (RTT) program encouraged states to reform their K-12 educational systems, but states and districts faced various capacity challenges in implementing the reforms. RTT accelerated education reforms underway and spurred new reforms in all 19 RTT states and in an estimated 81 percent of districts, according to GAO's surveys of RTT grantees and...
Department of Education: Status of Prior GAO Recommendations
GAO-14-848T: Published: Sep 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2014.
The Department of Education (Education) has implemented 218 of the 286 recommendations GAO has made since fiscal year 2004, resulting in significant benefits and programmatic improvements. Education implemented 93 percent of recommendations made from fiscal year 2004 through 2009 within 4 years, a standard measure GAO uses to track performance, compared to the governmentwide average of around 80 p...
Education of Homeless Students: Improved Program Oversight Needed
GAO-14-465: Published: Jul 31, 2014. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 2014.
To identify and serve homeless students under the Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program, officials in the 20 school districts where GAO conducted interviews reported conducting a range of activities to support homeless youth, but cited several challenges. With regard to GAO's interviews, 13 of the 20 districts identified homeless students through housing surveys at enrollment, w...
Education Grants: Promise Neighborhoods Promotes Collaboration but Needs National Evaluation Plan
GAO-14-432: Published: May 5, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 2014.
The Department of Education (Education) used a two-phase strategy for awarding Promise Neighborhoods (Promise) grants, and aligned grant activities with program goals. Education awarded 1-year planning grants to organizations with the potential to effectively align services for students in their respective neighborhoods. Planning grants were generally intended to enhance the grantees' capacity to...