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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on school-linked programs that improve the educational performance and well-being of students at risk of school failure, focusing on: (1) whether multiservice school-linked programs sufficiently assist students and their families; (2) the barriers in using schools for delivering services; and (3) the federal government's role in promoting school-linked programs.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Education 1. To provide states and localities with better information about the extent to which school-linked programs can be used as a strategy for increasing high school completion rates and the life outcomes of children, the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Education should develop an approach for evaluating the short- and long-term impacts of several school-linked programs.
Closed - Implemented
As a result of Education's efforts with HHS and others to develop a research agenda for studying comprehensive school-linked programs, Education has written a guide book to help evaluate local programs. The guide is currently being tested at 4 school-linked program sites and will be completed in June of 1996.
Department of Health and Human Services 2. To provide states and localities with better information about the extent to which school-linked programs can be used as a strategy for increasing high school completion rates and the life outcomes of children, the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Education should develop an approach for evaluating the short- and long-term impacts of several school-linked programs.
Closed - Implemented
HHS worked with Education's Office of Education Research and Improvement (OERI) to develop a research agenda for studying school-linked programs. As a result of this effort, OERI designed a guide book to help local programs evaluate their programs. The evaluation guide is currently being tested at 4 school-linked program sites. Testing should be complete in 6/96.

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