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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)...

Developing a First Nation Education Act: Discussion Guide - Recognizing that the current "non-system" is not working well for Indian- First Nation-students, Canada is moving ahead with a proposed First Nation Education Act. In Developing a First Nation Education Act: Discussion Guide the authors argue that only such an act would provide a full range of support, stable and predictable funding, and accountability for First Nation students while still allowing for shared governance. The recommendations for developing a strong and accountable education system for First Nation schools may be considered relevant for struggling school districts in the United States. (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, 2012)...

Indian Education Policies in Five Northwest Region States - In this comprehensive effort to study Indian education policies, the report categorizes the policies of five Northwest Region states based on 13 key policies identified in the literature and describes the legal methods used to adopt them, such as statutes, regulations, and executive orders. (Institute for Education Sciences, October 2009)...

Tribal Education Codes - Many tribes have education laws, codes and ordinances. Here, the Tribal Education Department's National Assembly provides links to the education laws of select tribes....

A Review of the Research Literature on the Influences of Culturally Based Education on the Academic Performance of Native American Students - The authors review quantitative as well as select qualitative research on the eponymous subject, and provide an extensive annotated bibliography of the research literature. Noting, however, that little quantitative research on culturally based education programs for Native American students is available, the authors provide recommendations for improving the present research base. (William G. Demmert, Jr. and John C. Towner, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, February 10, 2003)...


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