ERIC Number: ED354634
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Education Issues. Transition Series.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
The United States educational system is not meeting the increasing demand for highly skilled workers required in the international marketplace. While local, state, and federal governments spend $221 billion on public elementary and secondary education, only a small percentage of the nation's students have adequate reasoning and problem-solving skills. Students' knowledge of math and science also lags behind that of their counterparts in other industrialized nations. The Department of Education must help schools meet these challenges and adjust to a higher proportion of poor, minority, and immigrant children. However, the Department faces serious internal problems. In 1990, the President and the nation's governors established the National Education Goals. The goals concern children's readiness for school, their understanding of challenging subject matter, school environments, performance assessment, and readiness to enter the work force. And although the Guaranteed Student Loan Program is helping more students, it is inordinately complex, has poor oversight, and suffers skyrocketing defaults. A direct loan demonstration program, in which the Department becomes the lender, may be a partial solution. Another difficulty is longstanding Department management problems that could hinder efforts at student assistance program reform. A list of related General Accounting Office products is included. (JPT)
Descriptors: Accountability, Education Work Relationship, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Programs, Government Publications, Student Development
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (first copy, free; additional copies $2 each; make check or money order out to Superintendent of Documents).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Guaranteed Student Loan Program