Public schools (31 - 40 of 89 items)
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...
Illegal Alien Schoolchildren: Issues in Estimating State-by-State Costs
GAO-04-733: Published: Jun 21, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 2004.
In 1982 the Supreme Court ruled that states and school districts cannot deny education to illegal alien children residing here. Issues in estimating the costs of providing education to them are of interest because (1) policy discussions concerning illegal immigration often focus on cost impacts; (2) potential costs are borne mostly at the state and local levels; and (3) the Congress could authoriz...
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...
School Vouchers: Characteristics of Privately Funded Programs
GAO-02-752: Published: Sep 10, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2002.
Privately funded voucher programs are a new development in the nation's experiment with school vouchers. These programs, started in the early 1990s, provide low-income families with private, nongovernmental tuition assistance at private schools for kindergarten through grade 12. Although private schools have long offered various forms of financial assistance, many of these privately funded voucher...
BIA and DOD Schools: Student Achievement and Other Characteristics Often Differ from Public Schools'
GAO-01-934: Published: Sep 28, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 2001.
Unlike public schools, the schools run by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) depend almost entirely on federal funds. Although the two school systems are similar in that regard, their histories and settings are very different. The performance of many BIA students on standardized tests and other academic measures is far below that of public school students. BIA s...
School Vouchers: Publicly Funded Programs in Cleveland and Milwaukee
GAO-01-914: Published: Aug 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2001.
This report reviews the Cleveland and Milwaukee school voucher programs, which provide money for low-income families to send their children to private schools. Both programs require participating private schools to be located within the city or the city's school district and to adhere to state standards for private schools, such as those covering health and safety. In both Cleveland and Milwaukee,...
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...
Student Discipline: Individuals With Disabilities Education Act
GAO-01-210: Published: Jan 25, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 2001.
Standards for discipline and safety in schools are set primarily by local school districts. Federal and local regulations provide additional protections to special education students who misbehave to ensure that they are not unfairly deprived of their rights to an appropriate education. GAO reviewed regular and special education discipline policies to determine whether there were any differences i...
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...