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NCJ Number: 63001 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: FLORIDA - ANNUAL EVALUATION REPORT OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, 1978
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: Florida Dept of Health and Rehabilitative Services
Office of Children, Youth and Families
Data Analysis Unit
United
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 42
Sponsoring Agency: Florida Dept of Health and Rehabilitative Services
Tallahassee, FL 32399
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS IN FLORIDA'S TRAINING SCHOOLS AND START CENTERS FOR JUVENILES WERE EVALUTED USING ACHIEVEMENT TEST DATA ON ALL STUDENTS FURLOUGHED FROM THE SCHOOLS DURING THE LAST 6 MONTHS OF 1977.
Abstract: THE FOUR TRAINING SCHOOLS AND FIVE START CENTERS ARE FLORIDA'S PROGRAMS WITH IN-HOUSE EDUCATIONAL COMPONENTS FOR JUVENILE DELINQUENTS. THE PROGRAMS ARE OPERATED BY THE YOUTH SERVICES PROGRAM OFFICE OF THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND REHABILITATION SERVICES. THE EVALUATION SOUGHT TO ASSESS THE BASIC SKILLS ACHIEVEMENT, VOCATIONAL TRAINING, PLACEMENT FOLLOWING FURLOUGH, AND FOLLOWUP FOR THE STUDENTS. PRETESTS AND POSTTEST SCORES OF ACHIEVEMENT AND INTELLIGENCE QUOTIENT WERE USED IN THE EVALUATION. THE TRAINING SCHOOL STUDY POPULATION OF 1,256 STUDENTS WAS 88 PERCENT MALE AND 57 PERCENT BLACK. OVER THREE-FIFTHS WERE 16-YEARS OLD OR OLDER WHEN THEY LEFT THE TRAINING SCHOOLS. A TOTAL OF 90 STUDENTS, AVERAGING 15.7-YEARS OLD, FURLOUGHED FROM START CENTERS WERE STUDIED. RESULTS SHOWED THAT TRAINING SCHOOL YOUTHS SHOWED FAVORABLE PROGRESS IN READING, LANGUAGE PERFORMANCE, AND ESPECIALLY MATH. A SIGNIFICANT PERCENTAGE HAD SEVERE READING DISABILITIES. AT THREE OF THE START CENTERS, STUDENTS MADE LARGE GAINS IN TEST SCORES, BUT AT ONE CENTER READING ABILITY DECLINED AND GAINS IN MATH AND LANGUAGE WERE MINIMAL. ONLY 43 PERCENT WERE ABLE TO OBTAIN EMPLOYMENT AFTER FURLOUGH FROM TRAINING SCHOOLS, WHILE 37 PERCENT WERE NOT PLACED IN EITHER A JOB OR SCHOOL. AMONG STATE CENTER YOUTHS OVER AGE 16, 28 PERCENT WERE NOT PLACED IN SCHOOLS OR JOBS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT (1) THESE PROGRAMS CONTINUE TO EMPHASIZE BASIC SKILLS, (2) MONITORING PROCEDURES BE EXPANDED TO ENSURE OPTIMAL EVALUATION OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE, (3) EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS BE MORE CLOSELY EXAMINED TO DETERMINE CAUSES OF WIDE VARIATION IN STUDENT PERFORMANCE, AND (4) JOB PREPARATION AND JOB PLACEMENT SERVICES RECEIVE GREATER EMPHASIS. TABLES ARE INCLUDED. (CFW)
Index Term(s): Correctional institutions (juvenile); Evaluation; Florida; Inmate academic education; Program evaluation; Youth employment
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