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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


Results of
Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
For Correctional Education (CE)
Students in FY 2000-01

Purpose: As per Section 944.801(3)(f), F.S., this page summarizes the average change in literacy levels of CE students from July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2001.

Methodology: TABE tests administered to students during FY 2000-01 were scored using TestMate and the Advanced Module of the TestMate System (test scoring and reporting system). Inmate names and DC numbers were used to track those who had both pretest and posttest scores during this period. This summary includes all inmate students who, during this period, had at least one matched set of scores (pretest and posttest scores) in at least one subject area. A total of 4,635 students had matched scores for all three of the subject areas (Total Battery) of Reading, Language, and Total Mathematics. The total sets of matched scores for each subject area were: (a) 4,904 for Reading, (b) 4,872 for Language, and (c) 5,299 for Total Mathematics.

Results: The three charts below show the average gains made in each subject in terms of grade equivalents (GE), scale scores, and normal curve equivalents (NCE), respectively. To be included, students had to have both a pretest and posttest. Gain was made in all three subject areas and for total battery. For an average of three months of instruction, the overall (total battery) gain was four months in GE scores. This translates to an average of an 11-point increase in scale scores and a gain of three points for the Normal Curve Equivalent Scores.

Gains Expressed in Grade Equivalents, Scale Scores, and Normal Curve Equivalents
Reading (N=4,904), Language (N=4,872), Total Math (N=5,299), Total Battery (N=4,635)

Over 1,100 Inmates
Earned GED's in FY 2000-01

  • 1,178 inmates earned GED certificates while in the Florida prison system in FY 2000-01. An additional 79 had their GED's verified while in Florida prisons, meaning they earned their GED's elsewhere such as contract drug facilities, county jails or from other states.

  • The number who enrolled in GED courses during the fiscal year was 2,528, and the completion rate for the year was 47%.

  • 23,098 inmates participated in 24,025 courses during the fiscal year. "Number of courses" and "number of inmates" are different for adult education and vocational counts, since it is possible for a given inmate to be involved in more than one course in either program during the year.

  • Note that none of the counts in these charts include program participation or certificates earned at private facilities.

Change in Inmate Literacy Levels

FY 2000-01 GED and Vocational Certificates Awarded
Type of Award Locations GED Certificates Awarded Vocational Certificates Awarded Total Certificates Awarded
Correctional Institutions 1,095 2,460 3,555
Other DC Facilities* 83 0 83
Non-DC Entities** 79 0 79
TOTAL 1,257 2,460 3,717
* Other DC includes work release centers, work/forestry camps, road prisons and boot camps. ** Non-DC includes contract drug facilities, counties, and other states.

Participation in Correctional Education Classes in FY 2000-01
Enrollments* Mandatory Literacy Adult Basic Education* GED Vocational Total
Number of Courses 5,917 12,900 2,528 8,597 24,025***
Number of Inmates 5,917 12,900 2,528 7,670 23,098***
Number of Courses 2,776 1,125 1,178 2,460 4,763***
Number of Inmates 2,776 1,125 1,178 2,232 4,535***
Other Exits**
Number of Courses 2,300 9,381 1,189 4,677 15,247***
Number of Inmates 2,300 9,381 1,189 4,192 14,762***
* "Enrollments" includes inmates enrolled as of 7/1/00 and new enrollments through 6/30/01.
** "Completions" and "Other Exits" are from 7/1/00 through 6/30/01.
*** Inmates who participated in Mandatory, Literacy, Adult Basic Education, GED and Vocational courses get counted for participation in all four programs.
For greater detail beginning this year, Adult Basic Education is shown in a separate column from the GED.
"Completions" are defined as a CMP, ATT or CXS code on the DC32 screen for MLP and ABE participants, a GED certificate for course "9900026" participants, and a vocational certificate for vocational program participants.
"Other exits" are defined as any exit code on the DC 32 screen except for ATT, CXS and CMP.

This section of the 2000-01 Annual Report is also provided as an Adobe Acrobat file. Acrobat Reader, a free program is required. Download the two-page section (480K PDF file) for printing or viewing.

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