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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Inmate Admissions

Inmate Admissions Test at Median Grade level of 6.7; 66% 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 FY 2002-03. 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 6.7.

  • The tested grade level achieved most often (13.2%) was the 5th grade.

Testing Education Grade Level at Admission
(First Tests of Adult Basic Education [TABE] Scores for FY 2002-03)
Grade Level Male Female Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1 372 36 408 1.6% 1.6%
2 1,629 177 1,806 7.1% 8.7%
3 2,021 244 2,265 8.9% 17.6%
4 1,884 233 2,117 8.3% 25.9%
5 3,003 352 3,355 13.2% 39.1%
6 2,883 345 3,228 12.7% 51.8%
7 1,679 213 1,892 7.4% 59.3%
8 1,521 177 1,698 6.7% 66.0%
9 2,448 243 2,691 10.6% 76.5%
10 807 81 888 3.5% 80.0%
11 1,630 168 1,798 7.1% 87.1%
12 2,963 316 3,279 12.9% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 3,224 233 3,457    
TOTAL 26,064 2,818 28,882 100.0% 100.0%
Median 6.7 6.4 6.7    

The table below groups the grade levels of the inmates admitted during FY 2002-03 into three different categories -- basic literacy, functional literacy, and GED Prep skills. Again, inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.

  • About two-thirds (66.0%) 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 2002-03)
Category White Males White Females Black Males Black Females Other Males Other Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
Beginning/Basic Literacy (1.0 to 4.9) 1,649 192 4,144 477 113 21 6,596 25.9% 25.9%
Functional Literacy (5.0 to 8.9) 3,913 567 5,037 479 136 41 10,173 40.0% 66.0%
GED Prep (9.0 to 12.9) 5,311 635 2,412 150 125 23 8,656 34.0% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 1,521 108 1,490 105 213 20 3457    
TOTAL 12,394 1,502 13,083 1,211 587 105 28,882 100.0% 100.0%
MEDIAN 8.6 8.3 5.9 5.4 6.4 6.4 6.7    

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