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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, 2004)

Periodically inmates are tested to determine their educational grade level in the form of a school grade level. The table on the right shows the grade levels for the most recent TABE scores of the inmate prison population on June 30, 2004, 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 2003-04.

  • The tested grade level achieved most often (13.3%) was the twelfth grade, compared to a tested grade level of fifth grade (13.5%) for inmates admitted in FY 2003-04.

Tested Education Grade Level
(Most Recent Tests of Adult Basic Education
[TABE] Scores as of June 30, 2004)
Grade Level Males Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1 1,570 58 1,628 2.1% 2.1%
2 4,972 308 5,280 7.0% 9.1%
3 6,213 392 6,605 8.7% 17.8%
4 5,408 358 5,766 7.6% 25.4%
5 8,135 550 8,685 11.5% 36.9%
6 7,780 583 8,363 11.0% 47.9%
7 5,031 370 5,401 7.1% 55.1%
8 4,958 371 5,329 7.0% 62.1%
9 8,181 610 8,791 11.6% 73.7%
10 3,770 275 4,045 5.3% 79.1%
11 5,288 491 5,779 7.6% 86.7%
12 9,324 769 10,093 13.3% 100.0%
Missing 6,045 164 6,209    
Total 76,675 5,299 81,974 100.0% 100.0%
Median 7 8 7    


The table below groups the grade levels of the June 30, 2004 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, 2004 (62.1%) had not achieved GED Prep literacy skills (scored less than the ninth grade level).

  • Almost thirty-eight percent (37.9%) 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, 2004)
Literacy Skill Level White Males White Females Black Males Black Females Other Males Other Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
Basic Literacy (1.0-4.9) 4,583 273 13,028 777 552 66 19,279 25.4% 25.4%
Functional Literacy (5.0-8.9) 9,696 833 15,598 961 610 80 27,778 36.7% 62.1%
GED Prep (9.0-12.9) 16,642 1,536 9,397 525 524 84 28,708 37.9% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 3,281 91 2,236 50 528 23 6,209    
Total 34,202 2,733 40,259 2,313 2,214 253 81,974 100.0% 100.0%
Median 9.4 9.7 6.1 6.0 6.3 6.6 7.3    

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