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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary


TABE, GED and Education Results

Results of Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) For Correctional Education (CE) Students, FY 2009-2010

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 2009 – June 2010).

Methodology: TABE tests administered to students during FY 2009-2010 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 4,002 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) 4,876 for Reading, (b) 4,990 for Language, and (c) 5,463 for Total Mathematics.

Results: Average gains were 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 three 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.

TABE Pretest scores:  FY05-06 - 5.5; FY06-07 - 5.5; FY07-08 - 5.4; FY08-09 - 5.4; FY09-10 - 5.4; TABE Posttest scores have stayed the same over the past 5 years at 5.9.

Correctional Education Participation and Certificates Awarded in FY 2009-10

FY 2009-10 GED and Vocational Certificates Awarded

Types of Award Locations Certificates Awarded
GED Vocational Specter Total
Correctional Institutions 2,436 1,850 0 4,286
Local Education Agencies and Contract Providers 167 0 477 644
Total 2,603 1,850 477 4,930
Note that students must have been enrolled in applicable course(s) and/or earned certificates between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010. Also note that none of the above includes program participation or certificates earned at private correctional facilities.

Inmate Participation in Vocational Education Programs in FY 2009-10

Courses & Course Providers Number of Inmates Number of Courses
Vocational Education Courses / Department of Corrections 4,524 4,786
Specter Grant-Funded Courses / Post-secondary educational institutions 733 860
Specter grant programs are federally funded and conducted by accredited post-secondary educational institutions such as vocational-technical centers state/community colleges and universities. To participate, inmates must be 35 years of age or younger and must have a high school diploma or GED.
NOTE: one of the above counts include program participation at private correctional facilities.

Inmate Participation in Adult Basic Education and GED Programs in FY 2009-10

Course and Course Provider Enrollments Students Administered
Pre- and Post-Tests
Students Remaining
Within Functional Level
Students Advancing
One or More
Functional Levels
Adult Basic Education and GED Programs /
Department of Corrections
14,123 12,500 3,635 8,038
Students are divided into 6 educational functional levels according to their performance on the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) that is administered on admission to the program. The 6 levels: beginning literacy (grades 1-1.9), beginning basic education (gr 2-3.9), intermediate basic education low (gr 4-5.9), intermediate basic education high (gr 6-8.9), adult secondary education low (gr 9-10.9) and adult secondary education high (gr 11-12.9). Students are then retested at regular intervals, usually quarterly. If a student's skills have improved sufficiently to advance 1 or more educational functional levels, it constitutes an "advance."
NOTE: The above counts include program participation at private correctional facilities.
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