General Education
Development (GED)

The General Education Development (GED) program is provided to inmates/students who possess neither a high school diploma nor a high school equivalency (HSE) certificate. Inmates/students receive instruction in English/Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies in preparation to take a HSE exam.

In keeping with the California Penal Code, 2053.1 (a2) inmates/students reading at a 9th grade level or higher are assigned or have the opportunity to enroll in a general education development /high school equivalency class. Inmates/students are placed into the GED program after completing prerequisites (Adult Basic Education (ABE) III or the required TABE score) so long as they do not already possess a high school diploma or a high school equivalency certificate. Inmates/students who are assigned/enrolled into the GED program are provided subject matter preparation to pass high school equivalency exam(s).

In order to qualify to take a HSE Exam, inmates/students must demonstrate readiness based upon the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) of 9 or higher, or a Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) Test of 145 or higher and computer literacy skills. Students/inmates may take a computer-based GED or a paper and pencil HSE exam on a case-by-case determination. The GED test is taken on a computer which delivers test data directly to the scoring site, the test is scored, and results are returned immediately. To achieve the GED certificate, inmates/students must achieve a minimum score of 145 in each section and a total score of 580 on the entire test battery (all four parts). A passing score on HSE exams signify inmates/students have the skills and knowledge necessary for college entrance and/or entry into the workforce.

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Assignments and enrollments into this program are considered open entry/open exit. Inmates/students progress at their own pace, reflecting their effort and desire to learn.


Reading Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) of 9.0 or higher.


Inmates may be assigned to a GED program or voluntarily enroll in a Voluntary Education Program (VEP) to obtain a GED.

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Rehabilitative programs are the best way for an offender to be prepared for success upon release. The link below explains this process with an easy-to-follow diagram

See Rehabilitative Process

See Technology Solutions for more information.

Technology has opened the door to more educational opportunities while simultaneously reducing government spending. Below is a list of technology initiatives at CDCR.