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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, 2005)

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, 2005. 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 2004-05.

  • The tested grade level achieved most often (12.8%) was the twelfth grade, compared to a tested grade level of sixth grade (13.1%) for inmates admitted in FY 2004-05.

Tested Education Grade Level
(Most Recent Tests of Adult Basic Education
[TABE] Scores as of June 30, 2005)
Grade Level Males Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1 1,664 59 1,723 2.2% 2.2%
2 5,381 274 5,655 7.2% 9.4%
3 6,573 372 6,945 8.8% 18.2%
4 5,799 367 6,166 7.8% 26.0%
5 8,388 573 8,961 11.3% 37.3%
6 8,233 636 8,869 11.2% 48.5%
7 5,295 397 5,692 7.2% 55.7%
8 5,112 395 5,507 7.0% 62.7%
9 8,746 678 9,424 11.9% 74.6%
10 3,686 345 4,031 5.1% 79.7%
11 5,349 567 5,916 7.5% 87.2%
12 9,256 835 10,091 12.8% 100.0%
Missing 5,739 182 5,921    
Total 79,221 5,680 84,901 100.0% 100.0%
Median 7.2 8.1 7.3    


The table below groups the grade levels of the June 30, 2005, 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 (62.7%) had not achieved GED Prep literacy skills (scored less than the ninth-grade level).

  • Only 37.3% 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, 2005)
Literacy Skill Level White Males White Females Black Males Black Females Other Males Other Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
Basic Literacy (1.0-5.9) 7,919 497 19,065 1,054 821 94 29,450 37.3% 37.3%
Functional Literacy (6.0-8.9) 7,768 717 10,426 644 446 67 20,068 25.4% 62.7%
GED Prep (9.0-12.9) 17,014 1,764 9,438 567 585 94 29,462 37.3% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 3,091 101 2,053 56 596 24 5,921    
Total 35,792 3,079 40,982 2,321 2,448 279 84,901 100.0% 100.0%
Median 9.2 9.7 6.0 6.2 6.4 7.0 7.3    

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