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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Inmate Admissions

Inmates Test at Around the
Sixth Grade Level; 70% Below
GED Prep Level

When inmates come into prison, they are tested to determine their educational level the form of a school grade level. The table below lists the grade levels indicated by the TABE (Tests of Adult Basic Education) scores of those inmates admitted into prison during the FY 2000-01. Inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.
  • Of all the scores analyzed, the median test score (half the scores were above and half were below this score) was 6.3.
  • The tested grade level achieved most often (13.9%) was the fifth grade.
Tested Education Grade Level at Admission
(FIRST TESTS OF ADULT BASIC EDUCATION [TABE] SCORES FOR FY 2000-01)
Grade Level Male Female Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1
399
46
445
1.9%
1.9%
2
1,622
196
1,818
7.7%
9.6%
3
2,193
249
2,442
10.4%
20.0%
4
1,935
207
2,142
9.1%
29.1%
5
2,935
322
3,257
13.9%
43.0%
6
2,651
313
2,964
12.6%
55.6%
7
1,565
178
1,743
7.4%
63.0%
8
1,404
150
1,554
6.6%
69.7%
9
1,938
221
2,159
9.2%
78.9%
10
722
67
789
3.4%
82.2%
11
1,452
131
1,583
6.7%
89.0%
12
2,360
235
2,595
11.0%
100.0%
Data Unavailable
2,130
110
2,240
 
 
TOTAL
23,306
2,425
25,731
100.0%
100.0%
Median
6.3
6.3
6.3
 
 


The table below groups the grade levels of the inmates admitted during the 2000-01 fiscal year into three different categories—basic literacy, functional literacy and GED Prep skills, per Florida Statute 239.301. Again, inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.

  • About 70 percent had less than GED Prep skills (less than 9.0 grade level).
  • Forty percent of the inmates were classified as having functional literacy skills (5.0 to 8.9 grade levels).

Tested Literacy Skill Levels at Admission
(FIRST TESTS OF ADULT BASIC EDUCATION
[TABE] FOR FY 2000-01)
Literacy Skill White Males White Females Black Males Black Females Other Males Other Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
Beginning Basic Literacy (1.0 - 4.9)
1,658
195
4,397
473
94
30
6,847
29.1%
29.1%
Functional Literacy (5.0 - 8.9)
3,549
461
4,890
461
116
41
9,518
40.5%
69.7%
GED Prep (9.0 - 12.9)
4,445
503
1,953
128
74
23
7,126
30.3%
100.0%
Data Unavailable
1,059
42
952
52
119
16
2,240
 
 
TOTAL
10,711
1,201
12,192
1,114
403
110
25,731
100.0%
100.0%
Median
8.3
8.1
5.7
5.4
6.0
6.1
6.3
 
 


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