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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 in the form of a school grade level. The table on the right lists the grade levels indicated by the TABE (Tests of Adult Basic Education) scores of those inmates admitted into prison during the FY 2001-02. 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 6.4.

  • The tested grade level achieved most often (13.5%) was the 5th grade.

Tested Education Grade Level at Admission
(FIRST TESTS OF ADULT BASIC EDUCATION [TABE] SCORES FOR FY 2001-02)
Grade Level Male Female Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1 382 33 415 1.8% 1.8%
2 1,574 157 1,731 7.4% 9.1%
3 2,036 249 2,285 9.7% 18.8%
4 1,807 191 1,998 8.5% 27.3%
5 2,843 321 3,164 13.5% 40.8%
6 2,638 320 2,958 12.6% 53.4%
7 1,574 174 1,748 7.4% 60.8%
8 1,429 148 1,577 6.7% 67.5%
9 2,103 247 2,350 10.0% 77.5%
10 733 90 823 3.5% 81.0%
11 1,449 144 1,593 6.8% 87.8%
12 2,638 236 2,874 12.2% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 2,357 176 2,533    
TOTAL 23,563 2,486 26,049 100.0% 100.0%
Median 6.4 6.4 6.4    


The table below groups the grade levels of the inmates admitted during the 2001-02 fiscal year into three different categories -- basic literacy, functional literacy, and GED Prep skills. Again, inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.

  • Almost 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 2001-02)
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) 1,527 154 4,188 447 84 29 6,429 27.3% 27.3%
Functional Literacy (5.0 - 8.9) 3,584 480 4,786 448 114 35 9,447 40.2% 67.5%
GED Prep (9.0 - 12.9) 4,774 523 2,066 169 83 25 7,640 32.5% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 1,200 76 1,028 79 129 21 2,533    
TOTAL 11,085 1,233 12,068 1,143 410 110 26,049 100.0% 100.0%
Median 8.6 8.2 5.7 5.4 6.3 6.3 6.4    

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