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Emrey-Arras, Melissa – US Government Accountability Office, 2020
The Department of Education (Education) gives grants to schools and organizations that provide disadvantaged students with services to help them attend college. These eight grant programs are collectively known as "TRIO," named for the original three programs. Congress provides over $1 billion each year to these programs, but Education…
Descriptors: Grants, Access to Education, Higher Education, Disadvantaged Youth
Nowicki, Jacqueline M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2020
States use their accountability systems to identify low-performing schools, which can receive added support and are expected to improve. Alternative schools serve students whose needs are not met in a regular school. They often serve at-risk students who are struggling academically or behaviorally. Given this unique population, the Government…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Assessment, Accountability, Nontraditional Education
Nowicki, Jacqueline M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2018
Poverty can have a profound effect on academic outcomes and college readiness and students from lowincome families are less likely to go to college. The low rates of degree attainment for low-income students raises questions about whether the students who wish to pursue higher education have access to courses that support their readiness for…
Descriptors: Public Schools, High Schools, Small Schools, High School Students
Emrey-Arras, Melissa – US Government Accountability Office, 2018
Congress funds District of Columbia Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) through an annual appropriation, which was $40 million in fiscal year 2018. DCTAG provides D.C. residents up to $10,000 per year to attend college. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, included a provision for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review DCTAG.…
Descriptors: College Bound Students, Tuition, Grants, Student Financial Aid
Nowicki, Jacqueline M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2017
Research suggests that youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are less likely than youth with other disabilities to be successful in transitioning to work and postsecondary education and therefore, they may face a lifetime of reliance on public assistance. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to examine services provided…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Youth, Adjustment (to Environment)
US Government Accountability Office, 2016
Homeless youth and youth in foster care are often unprepared for the transition to adulthood. Given the economic benefits of college, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to examine the college experiences of these vulnerable youth. GAO examined: (1) college enrollment and completion for foster and homeless youth; (2) the extent to…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Access to Education, Federal Aid, Federal Programs
Moran, Revae E. – US Government Accountability Office, 2012
The transition out of high school to postsecondary education or the workforce can be a challenging time, especially for students with disabilities. Multiple federal agencies fund programs to support these students during their transition. In 2003, GAO reported that limited coordination among these programs can hinder a successful transition. GAO…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Disabilities, Public Agencies, Grants
Calbom, Linda – US Government Accountability Office, 2012
Physical activity is a crucial part of preventing or reducing childhood obesity, and may also yield important academic and social benefits. However, many children do not attain the level of daily physical activity recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Schools are uniquely positioned to provide students opportunities…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Athletics, Elementary Secondary Education, Opportunities
Scott, George A. – US Government Accountability Office, 2011
Standardized tests are often required to gain admission into postsecondary schools or to obtain professional certifications. Federal disability laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) require entities that administer these tests to provide accommodations, such as extended time or changes in test format, to students with…
Descriptors: Testing Accommodations, Student Rights, Law Enforcement, Compliance (Legal)
Kohn, Linda T. – US Government Accountability Office, 2010
Participation in school sports can benefit children but also carries a risk of injury, including concussion. Concussion is a brain injury that can affect memory, speech, and muscle coordination and can cause permanent disability or death. Concussion can be especially serious for children, who are more likely than adults both to sustain a…
Descriptors: Athletics, High Schools, Risk, Head Injuries
Scott, George A. – US Government Accountability Office, 2009
The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) supports career and technical education (CTE) in high schools and postsecondary institutions, such as community colleges. Perkins IV established student performance measures at the secondary and postsecondary levels for state agencies, such as state educational agencies,…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators
US Government Accountability Office, 2009
The Academic Competitiveness (AC) and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grants were established by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. The grants provide merit-based financial aid to certain low-income college students eligible for Federal Pell Grants and are administered by the Department of Education (Education).…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Federal Aid, Eligibility, Problems
Scott, George A. – US Government Accountability Office, 2009
Presented herein is a statement of George A. Scott, Director Education, Workforce, and Income Security. The author discusses the extent to which the Department of Education's policies and procedures for monitoring eligibility requirements for federal aid at proprietary schools protect students and the investment of Title IV funds. This testimony…
Descriptors: Proprietary Schools, Federal Aid, Student Financial Aid, Eligibility
Ashby, Cornelia M.; Dorn, Terrell G. – US Government Accountability Office, 2009
State and local governments spend billions of dollars annually on the construction, renovation, and maintenance of public school facilities, yet concerns persist about the condition of some school facilities, particularly in school districts serving students residing on Indian lands. The Department of Education's (Education) Impact Aid Program…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Public Schools, Private Schools, Taxes
Bellis, David B. – US Government Accountability Office, 2005
Recent increases in child obesity have sparked concerns about competitive foods--foods sold to students at school that are not part of federally reimbursable school meals. The nutritional value of these foods is largely unregulated, and students can often purchase these foods in addition to or instead of school meals. Nearly 9 out of 10 schools…
Descriptors: Schools, School Districts, Obesity, Lunch Programs