Secondary school students (21 - 30 of 65 items)
No Child Left Behind Act: States Face Challenges Measuring Academic Growth
GAO-06-948T: Published: Jul 27, 2006. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2006.
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) requires that states improve academic performance so that all students reach proficiency in reading and mathematics by 2014 and that achievement gaps close among student groups. States set annual proficiency targets using an approach known as a status model, which calculates test scores 1 year at a time. Some states have interest in using growth models that mea...
No Child Left Behind Act: States Face Challenges Measuring Academic Growth That Education's Initiatives May Help Address
GAO-06-661: Published: Jul 17, 2006. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2006.
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) requires that states improve academic performance so that all students reach proficiency in reading and math by 2014 and that achievement gaps close among student groups. States set annual proficiency targets using an approach known as a status model, which calculates test scores 1 year at a time. Some states have interest in using growth models that measure ch...
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...
No Child Left Behind Act: Additional Assistance and Research on Effective Strategies Would Help Small Rural Districts
GAO-04-909: Published: Sep 23, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2004.
To improve the academic achievement of the nation's 48 million school-aged children, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) introduced significant changes to state, district, and school accountability for student performance and teacher qualifications. Congress has raised concerns about difficulties rural districts face implementing NCLBA. GAO is providing NCLBA implementation information on (1) key...
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...
Teacher Training Programs: Activities Underway to Improve Teacher Training, but Information Collected To Assess Accountability Has Limitations
GAO-03-197T: Published: Oct 9, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 9, 2002.
In 1998, the Congress amended the Higher Education Act (HEA) to enhance the quality of teaching in the classroom by improving training programs for prospective teachers and the qualifications of current teachers. This testimony focuses on two components of the legislation: one that provides grants and another, called the "accountability provisions," that requires collecting and reporting informati...
Student Testing: Issues Related to Voluntary National Mathematics and Reading Tests
HEHS-98-163: Published: Jun 18, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Education's plan to develop voluntary national tests for fourth grade reading and eighth grade mathematics, focusing on: (1) the relationship between the National Assessment Governing Board and Education; (2) costs of developing the national voluntary tests and procedures for hiring contractors; and (3) possible explanations for t...
School Lunch Program: Cafeteria Managers' Views on Food Wasted by Students
RCED-96-191: Published: Jul 18, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on food waste from school lunches provided to school children under the National School Lunch Program.GAO found that: (1) school cafeteria managers had varying perceptions about the degree to which food waste was a problem; (2) elementary school cafeteria managers were more likely to perceive food waste as a more serious problem; (3) th...
Waste From School Lunches
RCED-96-128R: Published: May 8, 1996. Publicly Released: May 15, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) study on the amount of nutrients wasted by students participating in the National School Lunch Program. GAO found that: (1) school lunch program participants tended to waste more nutrients than nonparticipants and be under 15 years old, female, and in urban schools; (2) participants receiving free school lunches wasted more nutrients than those p...