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A questioner writes in about Ray’s literacy status. So I asked the Department of Corrections to clarify Ray’s literacy status. I’m grateful to Bill Lamoreaux of DOC for providing this very prompt answer.
Lamoreaux writes to me:
“This inmate has taken the standard Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) that all new inmates must take in order to determine if they meet the state statute-mandated 8th grade level of functional literacy. This inmate has met this standard.”
Ray’s prison records also show certain ratings marked by his “work assignment” in Functional Literacy. There are two Ns and an S. At the end of December, his first month in prison, an N. At the end of January, an S. The end of February brought him another N.
Lamoreaux explains what those codes mean:
“As for the ‘N’ and ‘S’, those are more commonly used as a performance rating on work assignments. ADC policy #903 defines the codes:
1.5 Evaluation Ratings - the following disignators shall be used to identify an inmate’s performance.
1.5.2 Satisfactory (S) - An inmate’s performance, attendance and attitude meets average expectations for the Work or Self Improvement program assignment. If one of the components (performance, attendance, or attitude) is deficient while the others are considered average or beyond average, the rating may be considered Satisfactory. If an inmate’s attendance is deficient based on verified medical or mental health issues and there are no other deficiencies in performance or attitude, the inmate shall be considered satisfactory.
1.5. None (N) - An inmate was assigned to, but as not in attendance in the work or program assignment for any portion of the assigned period (e.g., medical lay-in, temporary absent, etc.)”
So Ray got two “Ns” and “S” in his Functional Literacy assignment. It may be interesting to those who followed this case that he did have the opportunity to earn an “E.”
E stands for “Exceeds.” It is awarded to an inmate when performance, attendance and attitude all shoot past average expectations for the assignment.
Mr. “Play Full On!” has not yet earned any Es that we know of.
But then, he hasn’t earned any Us either.
“U” stands for “Unsatisfactory.” Two or more of the three evaluation areas fall below expectations? Slap a U on it. If just one of the three falls so low that it “overwhelms the others” (which may still be in good standing).
So now we know two things:
1) James Arthur Ray has already met his state mandated Functinal Literacy requirements
2) James Arthur Ray is an average performer in prison.
Thanks much for asking. If I get further details, I will post them.
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