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Education Research: Further Improvements Needed to Ensure Relevance and Assess Dissemination Efforts
GAO-14-8: Published: Dec 5, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 2013.
The Department of Education's (Education) Institute of Education Sciences (IES) supports high-quality research, but lacks certain key procedures needed to fulfill other aspects of its mission. According to stakeholders, IES has substantially improved the quality of education research since its inception over a decade ago. However, GAO identified concerns with IES's ability to produce timely and re...
District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program: Actions Needed to Address Weaknesses in Administration and Oversight
GAO-13-805: Published: Sep 30, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2013.
The DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation (the Trust) provides information to prospective and current families of children participating in the District of Columbia (the District) Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) through a variety of outreach activities. To reach prospective OSP families, the Trust advertises through print, radio, and bus ads, as well as in newspapers and flyers...
Joint Military Education: Actions Needed to Implement DOD Recommendations for Enhancing Leadership Development
GAO-14-29: Published: Oct 23, 2013. Publicly Released: Oct 23, 2013.
The purpose of the Department of Defense's (DOD) study of its Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) program was to identify (1) desired leader attributes as part of the JPME career-long learning experience needed to support DOD's strategic vision and (2) any gaps in the current educational program to facilitate the development of the leaders needed to achieve that vision. Specifically, a Mi...
Indian Affairs: Better Management and Accountability Needed to Improve Indian Education
GAO-13-774: Published: Sep 24, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2013.
Students in Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools perform consistently below Indian students in public schools on national and state assessments. For example, based on estimates from a 2011 study using national assessment data, in 4th grade, BIE students on average scored 22 points lower for reading and 14 points lower for math than Indian students attending public schools. The gap in scores is...
Race To The Top: States Implementing Teacher and Principal Evaluation Systems despite Challenges
GAO-13-777: Published: Sep 18, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2013.
By school year 2012-13, 6 of 12 Race to The Top (RTT) states fully implemented their evaluation systems (i.e., for all teachers and principals in all RTT districts). However, their success in fully implementing by the date targeted in their RTT applications varied. Three of these states met their target date while three did not for various reasons, such as needing more time to develop student acad...
Health Care Workforce: Federally Funded Training Programs in Fiscal Year 2012
GAO-13-709R: Published: Aug 15, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2013.
In fiscal year (FY) 2012, we found that four federal departments--the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Defense, and Department of Education--administered 91 programs that supported postsecondary training or education specifically for direct care health professionals. The departments reported obligating about $14.2 billion for these p...
Community Colleges: New Federal Research Center May Enhance Current Understanding of Developmental Education
GAO-13-656: Published: Sep 10, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2013.
States and community colleges GAO visited have implemented several strategies to improve developmental education--which is remedial coursework in math, reading, or writing for students who are assessed not to be ready for college-level classes. Many initiatives involved shortening the amount of time for developmental education and better targeting material to an individual student's needs. For exa...
Education Research: Preliminary Observations on the Institute of Education Sciences' Research and Evaluation Efforts
GAO-13-852T: Published: Sep 10, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2013.
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) supports high-quality research, according to stakeholders, but lacks certain key procedures needed to fulfill other aspects of its mission. Since its inception, IES has substantially improved the quality of education research. However, stakeholders expressed some concerns about IES's ability to produce timely and relevant research that meets their various...
Education Needs to Further Examine Data Collection on English Language Learners in Charter Schools
GAO-13-655R: Published: Jul 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 2013.
GAO was unable to compare ELL enrollment in charter schools to ELL enrollment in traditional public schools because Education's only available data on school-level ELL enrollment were unreliable and incomplete. Specifically, for over one-third of charter schools, the field for reporting the counts of ELLs enrolled in ELL programs was left blank. These blank fields cannot reliably be interpreted to...
Status of the Department of Education's Inventory of Its Data Collections
GAO-13-596R: Published: Jun 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2013.
Education's inventory of its data collections is expected to include descriptive information, referred to as metadata, about the context of each data collection, as well as the specific data elements reported by respondents for each collection. The inventory will contain the department's major data collections and will be ready for public release by November 2013, according to Education officials...