ERIC Number: ED426335
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Review of Education Services in Juvenile Justice Residential Facilities. Report No. 98-28.
Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.
The results of a performance review of educational programs for youth in residential commitment facilities are presented including background, methodology, and findings. Most juvenile justice students enter residential programs performing below their grade level in reading and math but improve by at least one grade level during their stay. Although some students make dramatic gains of 3 years or more, most youth remain below their age-appropriate grade level on release. Because many juvenile justice youth will not return to school on release, education programs need to increase access to vocational education and GEDs. Although 83% of teachers are certified, more exceptional education teachers are needed. Most programs offer a range of basic subjects and meet corrections standards for student/teacher ratios; however, the number of days that instruction is unavailable is a problem. The success of residential education programs is not determined by whether school districts provide education services directly or hire contractors; both models can succeed. School districts are responsible for educational services in residential commitment facilities, but districts are not held accountable for their performance. Important points are illustrated with graphs or charts. Conclusions, recommendations, and responses from the departments of Education and Juvenile Justice are included. (Author/EMK)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Children, Correctional Education, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Elementary Secondary Education, Juvenile Justice, Program Effectiveness, School Districts, Special Needs Students, Youth Problems
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.
Identifiers - Location: Florida