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Document Number: 10921

Indian Affairs: Better Management and Accountability Needed to Improve Education - Students in Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools perform below Indian students in public schools and have a lower graduation rate. Because of BIE's administrative weaknesses, 21 of 23 BIE schools did not administer state assessments in the 2011-12 school year, against Department of the Interior requirements. Instead the decision was made to use an unapproved alternative assessment, a decision made without a critical level of review at the Interior Department or the Department of Education. Fragmented administrative services also contributed to delays in schools getting materials such as textbooks. Recommendations: that Indian Affairs develop and implement decision-making procedures, a communications protocol, a strategic plan that includes goals and measures for BIE, and a revised strategic workforce plan. (George A. Scott, U.S. Government Accountability Office, September 2013)...


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