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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, FY 2008-2009

Purpose:  As per Section 944.801, (3), (f), F.S., this sheet summarizes the average change in literacy levels of CE Students during FY 2008-2009 (July 2008 – June 2009).

Methodology: TABE tests administered to students during FY 2008-2009 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 3,997 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) 4,825 for Reading, (b) 4,811 for Language, and (c) 5,311 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 12-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(50) - Posttest(53) | Language: Pretest(46) - Posttest(51) | Tot. Math: Pretest(48) - Posttest(55) | Tot. Battery: Pretest(48) - Posttest(53)

Gains Expressed in Scale Scores
Reading: Pretest(519) - Posttest(528) | Language: Pretest(499) - Posttest(515) | Tot. Math: Pretest(500) - Posttest(522) | Tot. Battery: Pretest(501) - Posttest(515)

Gains Expressed in Grade Equivalents (GE’s)
Reading: Pretest(6.0) - Posttest(6.4) | Language: Pretest(4.3) - Posttest(5.4) | Tot. Math: Pretest(5.8) - Posttest(6.7) | Tot. Battery: Pretest(5.4) - Posttest(5.9)

Reading (N=4,825), Language (N=4,811), Total Math (N=5,311), Total Battery (N=3,997)

1,953 Inmates Earned GED's in FY 2008-09

Change in Inmate Literacy Levels Over Five Years
(Average gain per 3 months of instruction)
03-04: Pretest(5.5) - Posttest(5.9)  |  04-05: Pretest(5.4) - Posttest(5.9) | 05-06: Pretest(5.5) - Posttest(5.9) |  06-07: Pretest(5.5) - Posttest(5.9) | 07-08: Pretest(5.4) - Posttest(5.9)

FY 2008-09 GED and Vocational Certificates Awarded
Types of Award Locations Certificates Awarded
GED Vocational Total
Correctional Institutions 1,820 1,848 3,668
Other DC Facilities* 117 33 150
LEA-Based** 16 0 16
Total 1,953 1,881 3,834
* Other DC includes work release centers, work/forestry camps, road prisons, boot camps.
** LEA-Based includes Local Educational Agencies such as community colleges.

Participation in Correctional Education Classes in FY 2008-09
Enrollments* Mandatory Literacy Adult Basic Education ITA1 GED Vocational Total
Number of Courses 1,700 8,086 6,201 2,064 5,034 23,085
Number of Inmates 1,700 8,086 6,201 2,064 4,789 ***22,840
Number of Courses 412 557 1,953 1,881 4,803
Number of Inmates 412 557 1,953 1,562 ***4,484
* "Enrollments" includes inmates enrolled as of 7/1/08 and new enrollments through 6/30/09.
** "Completions" are from 7/1/08 through 6/30/09.
*** 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 "9900026" participants, and a vocational certificate for vocational program participants.
1ITA=Inmate Teaching Assistant Program.

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

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