ERIC Number: ED377065
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Precollege Math and Science Education: Department of Energy's Precollege Program Managed Ineffectively.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
Between 1990 and 1993 the Department of Energy's precollege mathematics and science program budget grew approximately 1,250 percent. This report responds to questions about how effectively the Department of Energy manages its precollege mathematics and science program. The following questions are addressed: (1) the appropriateness of the Department of Energy's precollege program implementation priorities, (2) the role of project evaluations in ensuring rational budget decisions, and (3) whether its precollege program helps achieve National Education Goal 5 which states that by the year 2000, U.S. students will be first in the world in mathematics and science achievement. The report revealed that although the Department of Energy invested more than $50 million in precollege education in fiscal years 1990-93, it did not effectively oversee or direct the program. In addition, the Department of Energy did not link budget decisions to project evaluation results. Therefore, almost half of its projects have not been evaluated. Finally the review revealed that it is doubtful that the Department of Energy's precollege program will help achieve National Education Goal 5. (ZWH)
Descriptors: Educational Change, High Schools, Mathematics Education, National Programs, Program Evaluation, Science Education
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy free; additional copies $2 each; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.