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NCJ Number: 68073 Find in a Library
Title: ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS, VOLUME 2 - TOTAL TESTED INMATE POPULATION
Author(s): S K C MARTIN
Corporate Author: Mississippi Dept of Corrections
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Mississippi Dept of Corrections
Jackson, MS 39202
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
Document: PDF
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: TEST RESULTS IN THE AREAS OF READING, WRITING, AND MATH FOR INMATES IN THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS SHOW THAT IN ALL BUT ONE ACADEMIC AREA (THE READING LEVEL OF WHITE INMATES) THE INMATE LEVEL IS BELOW STATE NORMS.
Abstract: TEST RESULTS WERE AVAILABLE FOR 540 MALE INMATES. OF THESE MEN, 69 PERCENT TESTED AT ABOVE BORDERLINE INTELLIGENCE BUT APPROXIMATELY 41 PERCENT FUNCTIONED AT THE FOURTH GRADE LEVEL OR LOWER IN AT LEAST ONE OF THE THREE TESTED AREAS, WITH WRITING THE WEAKEST AREA FOR MOST, READING NEXT. INMATES WHO FINISHED HIGH SCHOOL BEFORE 1964 TESTED HIGHER ACADEMICALLY THAN THE YOUNGER GROUP. IN FACT, PERFORMANCE PROGRESSIVELY DECREASED FROM THE OLDEST TO THE YOUNGEST. THE 353 BLACK INMATES HAD THE POOREST SCORES. THE 187 WHITE INMATES HAD BETTER SCORES BUT WERE STILL, ON THE AVERAGE, BELOW THE TEST LEVELS FOR STATEWIDE ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES. THERE SEEMS TO BE SIGNIFICANT EVIDENCE TO INDICATE THAT THESE MEN COULD PERFORM AT A SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER LEVEL IF THEY WERE PROPERLY EDUCATED. STUDY RESULTS ARE PRESENTED IN BOTH TABULAR AND NARRATIVE FORM. FOR VOLUME I, SEE NCJ 68072.
Index Term(s): Inmate academic education; Inmate statistics; Mississippi; Testing and measurement
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