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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Inmate Population

Median Grade Level Achieved by Inmates Tested Was 7.3
(As of June 30, 2003)

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, 2003, 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 6.7 for inmates who were admitted to prison in FY 2002-03.

  • The tested grade level achieved most often (13.7%) was the twelfth grade, compared to a tested grade level of fifth grade (13.2%) for inmates admitted in FY 2002- 03.

Tested Education Grade Level
(Most Recent Tests of Adult Basic Education
[TABE] Scores as of June 30, 2003)
Grade Level Males Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1 1,453 60 1,513 2.1% 2.1%
2 4,611 286 4,897 6.9% 9.0%
3 5,627 384 6,011 8.4% 17.4%
4 4,994 344 5,338 7.5% 24.9%
5 7,544 524 8,068 11.3% 36.2%
6 7,333 536 7,869 11.0% 47.2%
7 4,695 309 5,004 7.0% 54.2%
8 4,878 308 5,186 7.3% 61.5%
9 7,578 519 8,097 11.3% 72.9%
10 3,796 265 4,061 5.7% 78.6%
11 5,118 383 5,501 7.7% 86.3%
12 9,140 657 9,797 13.7% 100.0%
Missing 5,753 221 5,974    
Total 72,520 4,796 77,316 100.0% 100.0%
Median 7.3 7.4 7.3    


The table below groups the grade levels of the June 30, 2003 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, 2003 (61.5%) had not achieved GED Prep literacy skills (scored less than the ninth grade level).

  • Over thirty-eight percent (38.5%) had GED Prep literacy skills (ninth grade literacy skills or better).
Tested Literacy Skill Levels
(Most Recent Tests of Adult Basic Education
[TABE] Scores as of June 30, 2003)
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) 4,095 242 12,101 776 489 56 17,759 24.9% 24.9%
Functional Literacy (5.0 to 8.9) 8,982 724 14,974 857 494 96 26,127 36.6% 61.5%
GED Prep (9.0 to 12.9) 16,042 1,281 9,091 450 499 93 27,456 38.5% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 3,125 97 2,246 88 382 36 5,974    
TOTAL 32,244 2,344 38,412 2,171 1,864 281 77,316 100.0% 100.0%
Median 9.5 9.5 6.2 5.9 6.4 7 7.3    

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