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Julie L. Jones, Secretary


Results of Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) For Correctional Education (CE) Students, FY 2011-12

Inmate Reading a Book

Purpose:  As per Section 944.801, (3), (f), F.S., this sheet summarizes the average change in literacy levels of CE Students during FY 2011-12 (July 2011 – June 2012).

Methodology: TABE tests administered to students during FY 2011-12 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 4,626 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) 5,249 for Reading, (b) 5,248 for Language, and (c) 5,712 for Total Mathematics.

Results: Improvements were 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.

Gains Expressed in Grade Equivalents (GE’s)
Reading: Pretest(6.0) - Posttest(6.4) | Language: Pretest(4.5) - Posttest(5.3) | Tot. Math: Pretest(5.7) - Posttest(6.4) | Tot. Battery: Pretest(5.4) - Posttest(5.9)

Reading (N=5,249), Language (N=5,248), Total Math (N=5,712), Total Battery (N=4,626)

Gains Expressed in Scale Scores
Reading: Pretest(518) - Posttest(527) | Language: Pretest(500) - Posttest(514) | Tot. Math: Pretest(497) - Posttest(517) | Tot. Battery: Pretest(502) - Posttest(515)

Gains Expressed in Normal Curve Equivalents (NCE’s)
Reading: Pretest(49) - Posttest(53) | Language: Pretest(46) - Posttest(50) | Tot. Math: Pretest(48) - Posttest(54) | Tot. Battery: Pretest(49) - Posttest(53)
Change in Inmate Literacy Grade Equivalent Levels Over Five Years
(Average Gain Per 3 Months Of Instruction)
FY07-08: Pretest(5.5) - Posttest(5.9) | FY08-09: Pretest(5.4) - Posttest(5.9) | FY09-10: Pretest(5.4) - Posttest(5.9) | FY10-11: Pretest(5.4) - Posttest(5.9) | FY11-12: Pretest(5.4) - Posttest(5.9)

2,601 Inmates Earned GED's in FY 2011-12

FY 2011-12 GED and Vocational Certificates Awarded
Types of Award Locations Diplomas and Certificates Awarded
GED Vocational Total
Correctional Institutions 2,261 1,773 4,034
Other DC Facilities* 271 19 290


69 0 69
Total 2,601 1,792 4,393
* Other DC includes work release centers, work/forestry camps, road prisons, boot camps.
** LEA-Based includes Local Educational Agencies such as community colleges.

Inmate Participation in Correctional Education Classes in FY 2011-12
Enrollments* Mandatory Literacy Adult Basic Education ITA1 GED Vocational Total
Number of Courses 1,720 6,930 8,397 1,884 4,971 23,902
Number of Inmates 1,720 6,930 8,397 1,884 4,730 ***23,661
Number of Courses 580 631 2,601 1,792 5,604
Number of Inmates 580 631 2,601 1,516 ***5,328

Unduplicated Count of Inmate Participation in Correctional Basic Education in FY 2011-12
Academic 17,099
Vocational 4,730

Note that none of the counts in the above tables include program participation or certificates earned at private facilities. Inmates at the seven major private facilities earned 471 GEDs and 1,038 vocational certificates in FY 2011-12 .

* "Enrollments" includes inmates enrolled as of 7/1/11 and new enrollments through 6/30/12.
** "Completions" are from 7/1/11 through 6/30/12.
*** 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.

Inmate studying.
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