ERIC Number: ED499431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
DOD Schools: Additional Reporting Could Improve Accountability for Academic Achievement of Students with Dyslexia. Report to the Chairman, Committee on Science and Technology, House of Representatives. GAO-08-70
Ashby, Cornelia M.
US Government Accountability Office
Many of our nation's military and civilian personnel depend on Department of Defense (DOD) schools to meet their children's educational needs. These schools provide a range of educational services including programs for students with disabilities and those who struggle to read, some of whom may have a condition referred to as dyslexia. To determine how DOD supports students with dyslexia and how it used $3.2 million in funds designated to support them, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to examine: (1) what professional development DOD provides its staff to support students with dyslexia and how the fiscal year 2004-to-2006 funds designated for this purpose were used, (2) what identification and instructional services DOD provides to students who may have dyslexia, and (3) how DOD assesses the academic achievement of students with disabilities, including dyslexia. To address these objectives, GAO conducted a survey of all school principals and interviewed agency officials, school personnel, and parents in six school districts. GAO recommends DOD improve accountability for the academic achievement of students with disabilities, including certain students who may have dyslexia, by publishing separate data on their performance. In commenting on a draft of this report, DOD concurred with the recommendation. Appended are: (1) Objectives, Scope, and Methodology; (2) Comments from the Department of Defense; and (3) Contact and Staff Acknowledgments. (Contains 3 tables and 8 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Dyslexia, Academic Achievement, Disabilities, Accountability, School Personnel, Principals, Public Schools, Military Personnel, Resource Allocation, Federal Aid, Professional Development, Identification, Teaching Methods, Surveys, Interviews, Research Methodology
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC.