The Florida Legislature
OPPAGA script logo
Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability

Youth Entering the State’s Juvenile Justice Programs Have Substantial Educational Deficits; Available Data Is Insufficient to Assess Learning Gains of Students, Report No. 10-07, January 2010
Full report in PDF format

  • School districts are responsible for providing education to youth in Department of Juvenile Justice facilities. These youth typically have substantial educational deficits when they enter juvenile justice programs, including below grade-level reading and math skills.
  • Research shows that smaller juvenile justice programs provide the greatest opportunity to rehabilitate delinquent youth and reduce their recidivism. However, teachers in smaller programs are more likely to lack certification for some of the subjects and grade levels they teach.
  • The Department of Education and school districts have not met their obligation to collect data needed to assess learning gains of students in juvenile justice facilities. While available data indicates that students made learning gains while in juvenile justice programs, this data is highly incomplete and may not represent the actual academic status of all juvenile justice students.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Prevention and Victim Services
Probation and Community Intervention
Residential Services
Department of Juvenile Justice
Public Schools (K-12 Education)
Exceptional Student Education
Federal Title I Programs
Education System

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-55 Juvenile Justice Students Face Barriers to High School Graduation and Job Training,published in October 2010.
  • Report No. 10-51 Legislature Clarified Responsibility for Educating Exceptional Students in Residential Facilities,published in August 2010.
  • Report No. 08-27 Responsibility for the Education of Exceptional Students in Residential Treatment Facilities Needs Clarification,published in April 2008.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
e-mail address:

Reports  |  Home