Offenders getting GEDs
General Education Development (GED)
The GED program is offered to inmates/students who possess neither a high school diploma nor a GED certificate. Inmates/students receive instruction in abstract writing, reading skills, science, social studies, and math. To achieve the GED certificate, the inmate/student must receive a passing score on each section of the GED test areas. An overall average score of 450 is required to pass the test and a score below 410 on any section will cause the inmate/student to fail. Generally, inmates/students should have a minimum reading score of 9.0 on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), which is equivalent to a 9th grade reading level, or higher to be eligible for the GED program.
Inmates/students are placed into the GED program after completing Adult Basic Education (ABE) III or are placed in the program with a 9.0 or greater score on the TABE and do not already have a high school diploma or GED. Inmates/students who are accepted into the GED Program are provided support in completing specific subject matter that will allow them to successfully pass the GED exam.
Length of Program:
Program length may vary as a result of inmates/students progressing at different rates.
Inmates/students who have a reading TABE score of 9.0 or higher and/or inmates/students who have completed ABE III participate in the GED program.
As of September 2013, over 7,000 inmates/students were enrolled in the GED program.
Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions (COMPAS) assessments.
- Office of Correctional Education
- Office of Offender Services
- Office of Program Accountability & Support
- Adult Basic Education
- CAL-ID Card Program
- Caltrans Parolee Work Crew Program
- Career Technical Education
- Cognitive Behavioral Treatment
- Community-Based Coalition
- Computer Literacy Learning Center
- Day Reporting Centers
- Female Offender Treatment and Employment Program
- General Education Development
- Golden State Works Initiative
- High School Diploma
- In-Prison Sex Offender Management Program
- In-Prison Substance Abuse Treatment Program
- Institutional Television Services
- Library Services
- Long-term Offender Program
- Offender Mentor Certification Program
- Parolee Service Center
- Parolee Services Network
- Reentry Hubs
- Residential Multi-Service Center
- Step-Down Program
- Substance Abuse Services Coordination Agencies
- Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery Program
- Transitions Program
- Voluntary Education Program
- Voluntary Education Program - College
= In-Prison Program
= Community Reentry Program