ERIC Number: ED415583
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov-6
Reference Count: N/A
Federal Education Funding: Multiple Programs and Lack of Data Raise Efficiency and Effectiveness Concerns. Testimony before the Education Task Force, Committee on the Budget. United States. Senate. Statement of Carlotta C. Joyner, Director, Education and Employment Issues, Health, Education, and Human Services Division.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
Information that Congress and various agencies can use to plan, implement, and evaluate programs supported by more than 30 agencies is provided. This statement focuses on the amount and complexity of federal support for education and addresses the challenge of obtaining more and better information. Research indicates that six programs--Child Nutrition, Title I, Pell Grants, Training, Head Start, and Special Education--accounted for almost two-thirds of all on-budget education funding. Investigations show that many agencies target specific groups, with the bulk of funding going to teachers, at-risk and delinquent youth, and young children. Large numbers of programs and agencies supporting educational activities make management and evaluation information critical. Currently, no central source of information concerning all the programs providing services to the same target groups exists. Furthermore, few evaluations of successful strategies exist, and many of the extant evaluations lack methodological rigor. Some of the challenges in gathering information arise from competing priorities that limit data collection, the cost of information, the difficulty in making impact evaluations, and the multipurpose aims of many programs. (RJM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Budgeting, Budgets, Children, Educational Finance, Efficiency, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditures, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Program Effectiveness, Resource Allocation, School Funds
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.