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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

Median Grade Level Achieved by Inmates Tested Was 6.6

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 2005-06. 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 6.6.

Testing Education Grade Level at Admission
(First Tests of Adult Basic Education [TABE] Scores for FY 2005-06)
Grade Level Male Female Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1-5 11,143 1,326 12,469 40.2% 40.2%
6 3,494 519 4,013 12.9% 53.1%
7 2,082 309 2,391 7.7% 60.8%
8 1,942 283 2,225 7.2% 68.0%
9 3,612 446 4,058 13.1% 81.1%
10 767 147 914 2.9% 84.0%
11 1,461 292 1,753 5.7% 89.7%
12 2,712 483 3,195 10.3% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 3,859 221 4,080
Total 31,072 4,026 35,098 100.0% 100.0%
Median 6.4 7.3 6.6

The table below groups the grade levels of the inmates admitted during FY 2005-06 into three different categories - basic literacy, functional literacy, and GED Prep skills. Again, inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.

  • 68.0% had less than GED Prep skills (less than 9.0 grade level).

  • Almost 28.0% 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 2005-06)
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) 3,825 524 7,018 751 300 51 12,469 40.2% 40.2%
Functional Literacy (6.0 to 8.9) 3,642 679 3,698 395 178 37 8,629 27.8% 68.0%
GED Prep (9.0 to 12.9) 5,855 1,088 2,540 254 157 26 9,920 32.0% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 1,864 123 1,666 75 329 23 4,080
TOTAL 15,186 2,414 14,922 1,475 964 137 35,098 100.0% 100.0%
MEDIAN 8.1 8.4 5.9 5.7 6.2 6.3 6.6