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ERIC Number: ED330827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of Expected Grade Level Gain as a Result of Participation in the Mandatory Functional Literacy Program.
Smith, Roger D.; Sua, Dangbe Wuo
A study attempted to measure the academic gain resulting from 150 hours of mandatory participation in the Mandatory Functional Literacy (MFL) program. The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) was administered to 58 inmates at Lake Correctional Institution (Florida) prior to beginning the MFL program and again upon completion of the required instruction. It was hypothesized that participation in the MFL program would result in grade-level gains that would be significant and predictable. To test this hypothesis, two research questions were addressed: (1) is there a significant gain between pretest and posttest TABE scores among MLF students? and (2) if the gain between pretest and posttest TABE scores is significant, is it predictable? When the grade equivalent scores were compared using the t-test, it was determined that the gains were significant. Using regression analysis, a simple linear model was derived to predict expected posttest score, given the pretest score. The equation was found to be significant. The significant grade level gains documented by the study may serve as a prerelease measure of the positive effect of correctional education. In addition, the results indicate that when inmates are required to participate in correctional education, academic progress is a predictable result. (Six references are included.) (NLA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Test of Adult Basic Education