ERIC Number: ED485491
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
No Child Left Behind Act: Education Needs to Provide Additional Technical Assistance and Conduct Implementation Studies for School Choice Provision. Report to the Secretary of Education. GAO-05-7
Hickok, Eugene W.
US Government Accountability Office
The school choice provision of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) of 2001 applies to schools that receive Title I funds and that have not met state performance goals for 2 consecutive years, including goals set before the enactment of NCLBA. Students in such schools must be offered the choice to transfer to another school in the district. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) undertook this review to provide the Congress a report on the first 2 years of the implementation of NCLBA school choice. The objectives of this report were to determine: (1) the extent to which Title I schools have been affected by the school choice provision of (NCLBA) of 2001 in terms of the number of schools identified for choice and the number of students exercising the option; (2) the experiences of selected school districts in implementing the choice provision; and (3) the kinds of guidance and technical assistance that the Department of Education provided states and districts as they implemented public school choice. GAO collected school performance data from all states, interviewed Education officials, and visited 8 school districts in California, Illinois, Ohio, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington, and recommended that: (1)Education monitor issues and promote promising practices related to limited classroom capacity; (2) help states develop strategies for better informing parents about school choice; and (3) include in its planned NCLBA implementation study, an examination of the academic outcomes and retention rates of transferring students. Appended are: (1) Scope and Methodology; (2) NCLBA Interventions for Schools Not Meeting Yearly Performance Goals Over Time; (3) Number of Title I Schools in Each State Identified for Choice in School Year 2002-2003; (4) Number of Title I Schools in Each State Identified for Choice in School Year 2003 2004; (5) Number of Students in Each State Transferring under Choice Option in First 2 Years of NCLBA; (6) Poverty and Minority Rates of Schools Required to Offer Choice and Schools Offered as Transfer Options; and (7) Comments from the Department of Education. (Contains 10 tables and 6 figures.)
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, School Choice, Federal Government, Government Role, Technical Assistance, Academic Standards, Poverty, Public Schools, Transfer Students, Federal Aid
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.