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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 Population

Median Grade Level Achieved
by Inmates Tested Was 7.3
(As of June 30, 2001)

Periodically inmates are tested to determine their educational grade level in the form of a school grade level. The table below shows the grade levels for the most recent TABE scores of the inmate population on June 30, 2001, which is the last day of the fiscal year. Inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.

  • Of all scores analyzed, the median test score (half the scores were above and half were below this score) was 7.3, compared with 6.3 for inmates who were admitted to prison in FY 2000-01.

  • The tested grade level achieved most often (12.8%) was the twelfth grade, compared to a tested grade level of fifth grade (13.9%) for inmates admitted in FY 2000-01.

The next table groups the grade levels of the June 30, 2001 prison population into three different categories: basic literacy, functional literacy, or GED Prep, per Florida Statute 239.301. Again, inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.

  • Six of every ten inmates who were tested on June 30, 2001 (62.7%) had not achieved GED Prep literacy skills (scored less than the ninth grade level).

  • Over thirty-seven percent (37.3%) had GED Prep literacy skills (ninth grade literacy skills or better).

Tested Education Grade Level
(MOST RECENT TESTS OF ADULT BASIC EDUCATION
[TABE] SCORES AS OF JUNE 30, 2001)
Grade Level Males Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1
1,458
64
1,522
2.3%
2.3%
2
4,413
295
4,708
7.1%
9.4%
3
5,361
369
5,730
8.6%
18.0%
4
4,783
305
5,088
7.7%
25.7%
5
6,986
490
7,476
11.3%
37.0%
6
6,608
512
7,120
10.7%
47.7%
7
4,543
321
4,864
7.3%
55.1%
8
4,816
247
5,063
7.6%
62.7%
9
7,083
442
7,525
11.4%
74.1%
10
3,890
227
4,117
6.2%
80.3%
11
4,313
287
4,600
6.9%
87.2%
12
7,941
520
8,461
12.8%
100.0%
Data Unavailable
5,567
166
5,733
 
 
TOTAL
67,762
4,245
72,007
100.0%
100.0%
Median
7.3
7.0
7.3
100.0%
100.0%


Tested Literacy Skill Levels
(MOST RECENT TESTS OF ADULT BASIC EDUCATION
[TABE] SCORES AS OF JUNE 30, 2001)
Literacy Skill Level White Males White Black Males Black Other Males Other Total Percent Cumulative Percent
Beginning Basic Literacy(1.0-4.9)
3,834
237
11,726
741
455
55
17,048
25.7%
25.7%
Functional Literacy (5.0-8.9)
8,243
618
14,286
878
424
74
24,523
37.0%
62.7%
GED Prep(9.0-12.9)
14,372
1,022
8,440
381
415
73
24,703
37.3%
100.0%
Data Unavailable
2,924
58
2,332
68
311
40
5,733
 
 
TOTAL
29,373
1,935
36,784
2,068
1,605
242
72,007
100.0%
100.0%
Median
9.4
9.5
6.1
5.9
6.3
6.4
7.3
 
 


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