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.
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.
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
An offender who is serving, or has served, their time on good behavior has access to many rehabilitative services and programs if they are determined to be in need.In-Prison Services
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.