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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 2004-05

Purpose: As per Section 944.801, (3), (f), F.S., this page summarizes the average change in literacy levels of correctional education students during FY 2004-05.

Methodology: TABE tests administered to students during FY 2004-05 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 1,972 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) 2,178 for Reading, (b) 2,200 for Language, and (c) 2,335 for Total Mathematics.

Results: The three charts below show the average gains made in each subject in terms of normal curve equivalents (NCE), scale scores, and grade equivalents (GE), respectively. To be included, students had to have both a pretest and posttest. Gain was made in all three subject areas and for the total battery. For an average of three months of instruction, the overall (total battery) gain was four points for the NCE scores and on the average there was a 11-point increase in scale scores. This translates into five months gain (.5) in GE scores.

Gains Expressed in Normal Curve Equivalents (NCE’s)
Reading: Pretest(53) - Posttest(56) | Language: Pretest(49) - Posttest(52) | Tot. Math: Pretest(52) - Posttest(57) | Tot. Battery: Pretest(50) - Posttest(54)

Gains Expressed in Scale Scores
Reading: Pretest(520) - Posttest(528) | Language: Pretest(498) - Posttest(510) | Tot. Math: Pretest(500) - Posttest(518) | Tot. Battery: Pretest(503) - Posttest(514)

Gains Expressed in Grade Equivalents (GE’s)
Reading: Pretest(6.0) - Posttest(6.4) | Language: Pretest(4.6) - Posttest(5.1) | Tot. Math: Pretest(5.8) - Posttest(6.4) | Tot. Battery: Pretest(5.4) - Posttest(5.9)
Reading (N=2,178), Language (N=2,200), Total Math (N=2,335), Total Battery (N=1,972)

740 Inmates Earned GED's
in FY 2004-05

  • 740 inmates earned GED certificates while in the Florida prison system in FY 2004-05. An additional 156 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 1,781 and the completion rate for the year was 42%.

  • 17,750 inmates participated in 18,184 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 tables include program participation or certificates earned at private facilities.
Change in Inmate Literacy
Levels Over Five Years
(Average gain per 3 months
of instruction)
00-01: Pretest(5.5) - Posttest(5.9) | 01-02: Pretest(5.5) - Posttest(5.9) | 02-03: Pretest(5.5) - Posttest(5.9) | 03-04: Pretest(5.5) - Posttest(5.9)  |  04-05: Pretest(5.4) - Posttest(5.9)

FY 2004-05 GED and Vocational Certificates Awarded
Types of Award Locations GED Certificates Awarded Vocational Certificates Awarded Total Certificates Awarded
Correctional Institutions 662 1,574 2,236
Other DC Facilities* 57 1 58
LEA-Based** 21 0 21
Non-DC Entities*** 156 0 156
Total 896 1,575 2,471
* Other DC includes CCC's, work/forestry camps, road prisons, boot camps.
**LEA-Based includes Local Educational Agencies such as community colleges.
*** Non-DC includes counties and other states.

Participation in Correctional Education Classes in FY 2004-05
Mandatory Literacy Adult Basic Edu. GED Vocational Total
Number of Courses 2,906 8,526 1,781 4,971 18,184
Number of Inmates 2,906 8,526 1,781 4,537 ***17,750
Number of Courses 908 676 740 1,575 3,899
Number of Inmates 908 676 740 1,267 ***3,591

* “Enrollments” includes inmates enrolled as of 7/1/04 and new enrollments through 6/30/05.
** “Completions” are from 7/1/04 through 6/30/05.
*** 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 year.
For greater detail, Adult Basic Education (course “9900004”) is shown in a separate 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 participants, and a vocational certificate for vocational program participants.
“Other exits” are defined as any exit code on the DC32 screen except for ATT, CXS and CMP.

Note that none of the counts in the above tables include program participation or certificates earned at private facilities.

This section of the 2004-05 Annual Report is also provided as an Adobe Acrobat file. Acrobat Reader, a free program is required. Download the two-page section (472K PDF file) for printing or viewing.

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