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Findings and Recommendations From
Program Evaluations, Studies, and Reports

Information that the Department uses to inform management and program improvements comes from many sources, including evaluations, studies, and reports that are Department-sponsored studies and those from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG). The following evaluations, studies, and reports were completed during FY 2005.

America's Charter Schools: [PDF, 296K]
Results From the NAEP 2003 Pilot Study

This snapshot study by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) determined that charter schools have considerable variation in student and school characteristics and that their unique qualities require additional information to be collected by future surveys. One key finding concluded that in both reading and mathematics, the performance of charter school fourth-grade students with similar racial and ethnic backgrounds was not measurably different from those in other public schools.

Charter Schools: [PDF, 296K]
To Enhance Education's Monitoring and Research,
More Charter School-Level Data Are Needed (GAO-05-5)

Under No Child Left Behind, charter schools are subject to the same performance requirements as other public schools, but some flexibilities are permitted. This report examines the ways states allow flexibility for charter schools, the ways states promote accountability for performance and financial integrity, and the roles that No Child Left Behind and the Department play in holding charter schools accountable. Of the states that were surveyed, most provided flexibility by releasing charter schools from some traditional public school requirements.

Evaluation of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: [PDF, 296K]
First Year Report on Participation

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program is the first federal initiative to provide vouchers for grades K-12 to families who live in the District of Columbia and who are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty line. The vouchers enable families to send their children to private schools of their choice. In SY 2004-05, applications were received from 1,848 students with about 53 percent of all private schools in the District participating in the program.

Evaluation of the Public Charter Schools Program: [PDF, 296K]
Final Report

Since 1995, the Public Charter Schools program has provided funding to plan, develop, and implement charter schools and to assist successful charter schools in disseminating best practices. This report provides a descriptive examination of the Public Charter Schools program and looks at the growth of the charter schools movement in the United States. Charter schools tend to have greater autonomy over their curricula, budgets, and teaching staff than do traditional public schools. Charter schools, overall, tend to be smaller, more likely to serve minority and low-income students, and more likely to have teachers from minority backgrounds.

No Child Left Behind Act: [PDF, 296K]
Education Needs to Provide Additional Technical Assistance and Conduct Implementation Studies for School Choice Provision
(GAO-05-7)

The school choice provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act apply to schools that receive Title I funds and that have not met state performance goals for two consecutive years. Students in such schools must be offered the choice to transfer to another school in their district. This report reviews the first two years of implementation of No Child Left Behind school choice provisions. About 31,000 students transferred under choice options in SY 2003-04.

Case Studies of Supplemental Services Under
the No Child Left Behind Act:
[PDF, 296K]
Findings from 2003-04

The No Child Left Behind Act provides that children from low-income families enrolled in Title I schools that have not made adequate yearly progress for three years or more receive supplemental services, including tutoring, remediation, and other academic instruction. This report presents findings from case studies conducted on a sample of six states and nine districts during SY 2003-04, the second year that the supplemental services provisions of No Child Left Behind had been in effect. The number of supplemental service providers approved for SY 2003-04 increased in all six states, in line with a nationwide increase of about 90 percent. In SY 2003-04, the amount of Title I, Part A, allocation districts set aside for choice-related transportation and supplemental services ranged from 2 to 21 percent.