Wednesday, March 2, 2011

California Correctional Center Receives 2010 Best Practice Award from the California Department of Education

 SUSANVILLE – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced today that the California Correctional Center (CCC) received the 2010 Best Practice Award from the California Department of Education.

“I am proud of the CCC education staff for their hard work and dedication despite these fiscally challenging times and the significant accomplishments they have made in measuring inmate learning achievements,” said Glenn Brooking, Superintendent of the Office of Correctional Education, CDCR. “Offenders equipped with a basic education foundation and improved skills have a better chance of succeeding upon release and turning away from a life of crime.”

The award was given to CCC for its successes in obtaining accurate data on student mastery of educational material and measuring student learning gains as identified by Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS). Institutions must first assess individual students to identify each individual’s specific educational needs. This needs assessment is termed a “pre-test.” Once a student has been placed in the appropriate class for three to six months, an assessment is made to measure whether the student made any gains, lost ground, or remained the same. This is termed a “post-test.”

CCC had the highest success rate for gathering pre- and post-tests from their incarcerated population of the 46 institutions examined, including correctional and other institutions.

In coordination with the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title II program evaluation process, the field-based WIA Title II Program Evaluation Team reviews nominations to identify programs and activities that exemplify a best practice.

Representatives from Best Practice Award winners are invited to participate in a panel for award winners and share that institution’s experiences with other agencies from across the country. Information about each best practice is posted on the CASAS website, www.casas.org/home, and in all award marketing materials, which are distributed at conferences and meetings. The winner is invited to participate in various panels and presentations throughout the program year. In addition, the winning program serves as a model for other programs seeking to implement successful activities and practices.

Contact: Margaret Pieper, CCC

(530) 257-2181, ext 4110

Peggy Bengs
(916) 445-4950