Category Archives: Education

Improving Federal Administration of Programs that Serve the American Indian Population

For nearly a decade, we’ve reported that federal agencies have ineffectively administered Indian health care, education, and energy resource development programs. This year we added the agencies responsible for these programs to our High Risk List—which discuss the federal agencies … Continue reading

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The Health and Welfare of the Nation’s Children (podcast & infographic)

The long-term success of the nation depends in large part on how well families and society care for children. Our recent report looked at more than 20 indicators to get a picture of the state of children’s well-being. We found … Continue reading

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The Report Card Is In

With back to school season in full swing, we thought we’d take a look at how the nation’s schools are measuring up. We’ve issued a number of reports recently on some serious challenges that confront students—particularly students facing suspension in … Continue reading

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Separate and Unequal?

Today, the nation marks the 63rd anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court case declaring that racially segregated schools are unconstitutional. On last year’s anniversary, we released a report examining race and poverty in schools. We … Continue reading

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Relief for Older Americans with Student Loans

An increasing number of older Americans have defaulted on their federal student loan debt. To recover this debt, the federal government can withhold a portion of Social Security payments—a process known as offsetting. A team led by Allison Bawden, a … Continue reading

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Student Loan Income-driven Repayment Plans (podcast)

Income-driven repayment (IDR) plans can help borrowers who are struggling to repay their student loans. These plans allow federal student loan borrowers to make lower payments over longer periods of time based on their income. At the end of the … Continue reading

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Back to School with GAO

As students return to school, some are facing more challenges than just catching the bus and doing homework. Today, the WatchBlog is testing your knowledge of some of the issues affecting the well-being of the nation’s school-age children.

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GAO for Your Reading Pleasure

Our reports make for great reads, but sometimes summer calls for lighter fare. For National Book Lovers Day, read about how our real-life work shows up in best sellers and lesser known books alike. Best sellers

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Customer Service for Federal Student Loan Borrowers (podcast)

The Department of Education issued almost $96 billion in higher education loans through its Direct Loan Program in fiscal year 2015. Under this program, students borrow from the federal government, but repay the loan through loan servicers under contract with … Continue reading

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Help for Those Who Help Provide Special Education

Since 1975, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act has helped school-aged children with disabilities obtain an education. Last fiscal year, it helped nearly 7 million students participate in classes and engage in school-based activities. But are educators spending more time … Continue reading

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