As Gulf Coast states and school districts struggled to recover from the upheaval caused to education institutions by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Department affirmed that it exists for the benefit of the public. Business as usual was replaced by a focus on solutions for helping displaced students. In natural disasters, in protecting students' civil rights, in improving student achievement, and in the everyday responsibility of running an accountable agency, the Department serves the public.
As the Department looks back on FY 2005, we reflect on successes like the national sample of 9-year-olds whose reading scores are higher this year than in any previous assessment year and challenges like those we have with collecting reliable, valid, and timely data. This Performance and Accountability Report is our primary document for disclosing and communicating our FY 2005 results.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Department's financial statements received an unqualified audit opinion. The Congress and the public can rely on the information we provide in our financial statements as accurate. Throughout 2005, we sustained a "green" for financial performance on the President's Management Agenda Scorecard. This Performance and Accountability Report is our primary document for disclosing and communicating our FY 2005 financial information and data.