Adult Education Programs (GED):
Programs in which certified academic teachers provide mathematics, reading, language, workforce readiness instruction to inmates with low academic skills. Students' academic levels are assessed on a regular basis and inmates are afforded the opportunity to secure general educational development (GED) diplomas. Adult education programs are operated at 69 correctional facilities, and include all of the following:
Volunteer Literacy Programs:
Volunteer Literacy Programs utilize citizen volunteers and/or inmate teaching assistants, who have received tutoring training to assist inmates in improving their educational abilities. Programs are supervised by correctional staff and are operational as an after-hours activity and regular program assignments. Volunteer Literacy Programs are in operation in nearly all major institutions, annexes and work camps.
Mandatory Literacy Program:
Chapter 944.801 (3)(i), Florida Statutes, requires inmates who have 2 years or more remaining to serve on their sentence at time of reception and who have Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) total battery scores below grade level 6.0 to attend not fewer than 150 hours of sequential instruction in a correctional adult basic education program. These inmates are enrolled in the adult education program but tracked separately until they complete a minimum of 150 hours of instruction. Upon completion of 150 hours of instruction or the achievement of a total battery score of grade level 6.0 on the TABE, the inmates can elect to remain enrolled in the adult education program.
The Education Services Section of the Bureau of Re-Entry Programs and Education is responsible for oversight and support of the department's Academic Education, Special Education, Vocational Education, General Library and Law Library programs. Education Services also coordinates Teacher Certification activities for the department's correctional educators.