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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, FY1011

Purpose: As per Section 944.801, (3), (f), F.S., this sheet summarizes the average change in literacy levels of CE Students during FY 2010-2011 (July 2010 – June 2011).

Methodology: TABE tests administered to students during FY 2010-2011 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 5,005 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) 5,750 for Reading, (b) 5,859 for Language, and (c) 6,383 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 four points for the NCE scores and on the average there was a 13-point increase in scale scores. This translates into five months gain (.5) in GE scores.

TABE Pretest scores: FY06-07 - 5.5; FY07-08 - 5.5; FY08-09 - 5.4; FY09-10 - 5.4;  FY10-11 - 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 2010-11

FY 2010-11 GED and Vocational Certificates Awarded

Types of Award Locations Diplomas and Certificates Awarded
GED Vocational Specter Total
Department of Corrections-Operated Programs / All Facilities 2,727 2,217 0 4,944

Local Education Agencies (LEA) and Contract Providers

203 0 543 746
Total 2,930 2,217 543 5,690
LEA-Operated are federally funded programs operated by local education agencies such as universities, state/community colleges, vocational-techical centers and county school districts. Note that students must have been enrolled in applicable course(s) and/or earned certificates between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011. Also note that the above counts do not include diplomas and certificates awarded to inmates housed at private correctional institutions.

Inmate Participation in Vocational Education Programs in FY 2010-11

Courses and Course Providers Number of Inmates Number of Courses
Vocational Education Courses / Department of Corrections 5,034 5,431
Specter Grant-Funded Courses / Post-secondary educational institutions 721 802
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: the above counts do not include program participation at private correctional institutions.

Inmate Participation in Adult Basic Education and GED Programs in FY 2010-11

Program Provider Total
Students Administered Pre- and Post-Tests
Total Completed Functional Level Remained Within Functional Level Separated Before Completing Functional Level
Adult Basic Education and GED Programs /
Department of Corrections
13,000 7,738 7,127 197 414
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 do not include program participation at private correctional institutions.
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