ERIC Number: ED500711
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Native Hawaiian Education Act: Greater Oversight Would Increase Accountability and Enable Targeting of Funds to Areas with Greatest Need. Report to Congressional Requesters. GAO-08-422
Government Accountability Office
The Native Hawaiian Education Act (NHEA) seeks to develop innovative educational programs to assist Native Hawaiians. The Department of Education (Education) administers NHEA and has provided grants for a wide range of activities. Education is authorized to establish a Native Hawaiian Education Council and seven island councils to help implement NHEA. To inform reauthorization, GAO was asked to analyze (1) what is known about NHEA's impact on Native Hawaiian education; (2) Education's efforts to oversee NHEA grants; and (3) the extent to which Education and the Native Hawaiian councils have fulfilled their roles and responsibilities. To do this, GAO reviewed federal laws and regulations and departmental documents, and interviewed Education officials, council members, grantees, and experts in Native Hawaiian education. GAO recommends that, among other things, the Secretary of Education report to Congress on the activities under the act, establish additional performance measures, track grant activities, and provide more guidance and assistance to grantees and the Education Council. Education agreed with the majority of recommendations, but not fully or in part with two regarding establishing performance measures and tracking grant activities. GAO believes these recommendations remain valid.
Descriptors: Hawaiians, Grants, Accountability, Educational Innovation, Federal Legislation, Outcomes of Education, Educational Improvement
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001