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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

Inmate Admissions Test
at Median Grade Level of 6.4; 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 FY 2003-04. 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.
Testing Education Grade Level at Admission
(First Tests of Adult Basic Education [TABE] Scores for FY 2003-04)
Grade Level Male Female Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1 462 45 507 1.8% 1.8%
2 1,867 197 2,064 7.3% 9.1%
3 2,448 297 2,745 9.7% 18.8%
4 2,238 270 2,508 8.9% 27.6%
5 3,370 443 3,813 13.5% 41.1%
6 3,192 451 3,643 12.9% 54.0%
7 1,958 235 2,193 7.7% 61.7%
8 1,697 216 1,913 6.8% 68.5%
9 2,866 379 3,245 11.5% 79.9%
10 814 107 921 3.3% 83.2%
11 1,488 222 1,710 6.0% 89.2%
12 2,712 344 3,056 10.8% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 3,446 132 3,578
TOTAL 28,558 3,338 31,896 100.0% 100.0%
Median 6.4 6.6 6.4

The table below groups the grade levels of the inmates admitted during FY 2003-04 into three different categories -- basic literacy, functional literacy, and GED Prep skills. Again, inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.

  • Almost 70.0% 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 2003-04)
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) 2,028 273 4,844 505 143 31 7,824 27.6% 27.6%
Functional Literacy (5.0 to 8.9) 4,517 716 5,496 598 204 31 11,562 40.8% 68.5%
GED Prep (9.0 to 12.9) 5,388 819 2,369 218 123 15 8,932 31.5% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 1,657 68 1,485 56 304 8 3,578
TOTAL 13,590 1,876 14,194 1,377 774 85 31,896 100.0% 100.0%
MEDIAN 8.3 8.3 5.7 5.7 6.2 5.8 6.4

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