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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, 2002)

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 prison population on June 30, 2002, 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 6.4 for inmates who were admitted to prison in FY 2001-02.

  • The tested grade level achieved most often (13.1%) was the twelfth grade, compared to a tested grade level of fifth grade (13.5%) for inmates admitted in FY 2001-02.

  • The table below groups the grade levels of the June 30, 2002 prison population into three different categories: basic literacy, functional literacy, or GED Prep. Again, inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.

  • Six of every ten inmates who were tested on June 30, 2002 (62.4%) had not achieved GED Prep literacy skills (scored less than the ninth grade level).

  • Over thirty-seven percent (37.6%) 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, 2002)
Grade Level Males Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1 1,426 62 1,488 2.2% 2.2%
2 4,524 275 4,799 7.1% 9.3%
3 5,365 397 5,762 8.5% 17.8%
4 4,809 322 5,131 7.6% 25.3%
5 7,207 509 7,716 11.4% 36.7%
6 6,883 491 7,374 10.9% 47.6%
7 4,639 309 4,948 7.3% 54.9%
8 4,811 274 5,085 7.5% 62.4%
9 7,173 477 7,650 11.3% 73.7%
10 3,746 233 3,979 5.9% 79.5%
11 4,652 316 4,968 7.3% 86.9%
12 8,375 543 8,918 13.1% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 5,554 181 5,735    
Total 69,164 4,389 73,553 100.0% 100.0%
Median 7.3 7.2 7.3    


Tested Literacy Skill Levels
(MOST RECENT TESTS OF ADULT BASIC EDUCATION
[TABE] SCORES AS OF JUNE 30, 2002)
Literacy Skill Level White Males White Females Black Males Black Females Other Males Other Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
Beginning/Basic Literacy (1.0 - 4.9) 3,904 212 11,769 774 451 70 17,180 25.3% 25.3%
Functional Literacy (5.0 - 8.9) 8,524 654 14,555 849 461 80 25,123 37.0% 62.4%
GED Prep (9.0 - 12.9) 14,969 1,070 8,531 416 446 83 25,515 37.6% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 2,986 65 2,266 79 302 37 5,735    
TOTAL 30,383 2,001 37,121 2,118 1,660 270 73,553 100.0% 100.0%
Median 9.4 9.5 6.1 5.8 6.4 6.4 7.3    


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