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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary


Results of Tests of
Adult Basic Education (TABE)
For Correctional Education (CE)
Students in FY 2003-04

Purpose: As per Section 944.801(3)(f), F.S., this page summarizes the average change in literacy levels of Correctional Education (CE) students from July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004.

Methodology: TABE tests administered to students during FY 2003-04 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 2,272 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) 2,530 for Reading, (b) 2,548 for Language, and (c) 2,811 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 points for the NCE scores and on average there was an 11-point increase in scale scores. This translates into four months gain (.4) in GE scores.

Gains Expressed in Normal Curve Equivalents (NCE’s)
Reading: Pretest(53) - Posttest(57) | Language: Pretest(50) - Posttest(53) | Tot. Math: Pretest(53) - Posttest(58) | Tot. Battery: Pretest(51) - Posttest(55)

Gains Expressed in Scale Scores
Reading: Pretest(520) - Posttest(530) | Language: Pretest(504) - Posttest(516) | Tot. Math: Pretest(503) - Posttest(521) | Tot. Battery: Pretest(506) - Posttest(517)

Gains Expressed in Grade Equivalents (GE’s)
Reading: Pretest(6.0) - Posttest(6.6) | Language: Pretest(4.8) - Posttest(5.5) | Tot. Math: Pretest(5.9) - Posttest(6.6) | Tot. Battery: Pretest(5.5) - Posttest(5.9)
Reading (N=2,530), Language (N=2,548), Total Math (N=2,811), Total Battery (N=2,272)

Over 1,100 Inmates
Earned GED's in FY 2003-04

  • 995 inmates earned GED certificates while in the Florida prison system in FY 2003-04. An additional 128 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 1,820, and the completion rate for the year was 55%.

  • 20,700 inmates participated in 21,442 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
Over Five Years
99-00: Pretest(5.4) - Posttest(5.9) | 00-01: Pretest(5.5) - Posttest(5.9) | 01-02: Pretest(5.5) - Posttest(5.9) | 02-03: Pretest(5.4) - Posttest(5.9)  |  03-04: Pretest(5.5) - Posttest(5.9)

FY 2003-04 GED and Vocational Certificates Awarded
Types of Award Locations GED Certificates Awarded Vocational Certificates Awarded Total Certificates Awarded
Correctional Institutions 894 2,012 2,906
Other DC Facilities* 101 19 120
Non-DC Entities** 128 0 128
Total 1,123 2,031 3,154
* Other DC includes work release centers, work/forestry camps, road prisons, boot camps.
** Non-DC includes contract drug facilities, counties, and other states.

Participation in Correctional Education Classes in FY 2003-04
  Mandatory Literacy Adult Basic Edu. GED Vocational Total
Number of Courses 3,423 9,908 1,820 6,291 21,442
Number of Inmates 3,423 9,908 1,820 5,549 ***20,700
Number of Courses 1,022 757 995 2,031 4,805
Number of Inmates 1,022 757 995 1,692 ***4,466
Other Exits**
Number of Courses 1,923 7,586 960 3,527 13,996
Number of Inmates 1,923 7,586 960 3,060 ***13,529
* "Enrollments" includes inmates enrolled as of 7/1/03 and new enrollments through 6/30/04.
** "Completions" and "Other Exits" are from 7/1/03 through 6/30/04.
*** Inmates who participated in Mandatory Literacy, Adult Basic Education, GED and Vocational courses get counted for participation in all four programs.
“Number of courses” and “number of inmates” are different for vocational counts since it is possible for a given inmate to be involved in more than one course in this program during the year.
For greater detail, Adult Basic Edu. (course “9900004”) is shown in a seperate column from the GED (course “9900026”).
"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 2003-04 Annual Report is also provided as an Adobe Acrobat file. Acrobat Reader, a free program is required. Download the 2 page section (87K PDF file) for printing or viewing.

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