Department of Education:

The Eisenhower Math and Science State Grant Program

HRD-93-25: Published: Nov 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Education's Dwight D. Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Education Program, focusing on how: (1) state grant funds are spent; (2) experts view proposed program improvements; (3) Education collects and analyzes program data; and (4) federal agencies coordinate and sponsor math and science education programs.

GAO found that: (1) Education used Eisenhower program funds for short-term in-service training seminars for elementary and secondary school teachers; (2) major changes in curricula, instructional methods, and teacher expertise in math and science will be needed to achieve national math and science goals; (3) the Eisenhower program was the sole source for math and science funding in many school districts; (4) the program's short-term training enhanced teachers' new knowledge and teaching methods awareness, and provided school districts the flexibility for various training programs; (5) proposed changes to create competitive funding and minimum training requirements are unnecessary; (6) 17 percent of school districts did not apply for program funds because the time and resources needed to apply outweighed the relatively low funding; (7) the program requires a majority of school districts which receive less than $6,000 to pool funds for more effective use; (8) current data are not available to properly assess the program's impact; and (9) Education did not satisfy congressional reporting requirements because of slow collection and analysis of state reports, reporting errors, format inconsistencies, and information quality variations.

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