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Review of Education Services in Juvenile Justice Residential Facilities, Report No. 98-28, December 1998
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  • 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. While some students make dramatic gains of three years or more, most youth remain below their age-appropriate grade level upon release.
  • Because many juvenile justice youth will not return to school upon release, education programs need to increase access to vocational education and General Education Diplomas (GEDs).
  • In residential juvenile justice education programs, 83% of teachers are certified; however, more Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teachers are needed.
  • Most education programs offer a range of basic subjects and meet corrections standards for student/teacher ratios. However, at over 25% of facilities, the number of days that instruction is not available due to summer vacation and other breaks 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 with the support and active participation of the school district and the juvenile justice facility.
  • School districts are responsible for educational services in residential commitment facilities, but are not held accountable for their performance.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Residential Correctional Facilities
Exceptional Student Education
At-Risk Programs
Dropout Prevention Programs

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. 99-19 Progress Report: State's Testing Participation Goal Unmet in Fast-Growing Exceptional Education Program, published in December 1999.
  • Report No. 98-38 Follow-up Review of Early Education and Child Care Programs, published in January 1999.
  • Report No. 98-19 Best Financial Management Practice Review Manatee County School District, published in October 1998.
  • Report No. 96-83 Review of the Exceptional Student Education Program Administered by the Department of Education, published in April 1997.

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