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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, 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 below lists the grade levels indicated by the TABE (Tests of Adult Basic Education) scores of those inmates admitted into prison during FY 2004-05. 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 (13.2%) was the 6th grade.
Testing Education Grade Level at Admission
(First Tests of Adult Basic Education [TABE] Scores for FY 2004-05)
Grade Level Male Female Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1 565 40 605 2.1% 2.1%
2 2,073 174 2,247 7.9% 10.1%
3 2,563 255 2,818 10.0% 20.0%
4 2,248 272 2,520 8.9% 28.9%
5 3,273 449 3,722 13.1% 42.1%
6 3,275 460 3,735 13.2% 55.3%
7 1,906 258 2,164 7.6% 62.9%
8 1,603 254 1,857 6.6% 69.5%
9 3,124 381 3,505 12.4% 81.8%
10 657 133 790 2.8% 84.6%
11 1,401 264 1,665 5.9% 90.5%
12 2,316 366 2,682 9.5% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 3,673 221 3,894  
TOTAL 28,677 3,527 32,204 100.0% 100.0%
Median 6.4 7.0 6.4  

The table below groups the grade levels of the inmates admitted during FY 2004- 05 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).

  • Over twenty-seven percent of the inmates were classified as having functional literacy skills (6.0 to 8.9 grade levels).
Tested Literacy Skill Levels at Admission
(First Tests of Adult Basic Education [TABE] for FY 2004-05)
Literary Skill Level White Males White Females Black Males Black Females Other Males Other Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
Basic Literacy (1.0 to 5.9) 6,670 461 6,825 690 227 39 11,912 42.1% 42.1%
Functional Literacy (6.0 to 8.9) 3,383 603 3,261 340 140 29 7,756 27.4% 69.5%
GED Prep (9.0 to 12.9) 5,155 927 2,196 195 147 22 8,642 30.5% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 1,723 122 1,672 86 278 13 3,894  
TOTAL 13,931 2,113 13,954 1,311 792 103 32,204 100.0% 100.0%
MEDIAN 7.8 8.4 5.6 5.6 6.3 6.3 6.4  

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