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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, 2006)

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, 2006. 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 to 6.6 for inmates who were admitted to prison in FY 2005-06.

  • The bottom table groups the grade levels of the June 30, 2006 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 10 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 Education Grade Level
(Most Recent Tests of Adult Basic Education
[TABE] Scores as of June 30, 2006)
Grade Level Males Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1-5 28,779 1,820 30,599 37.1% 37.1%
6 8,634 691 9,325 11.3% 48.4%
7 5,487 439 5,926 7.2% 55.6%
8 5,449 447 5,896 7.1% 62.7%
9 9,469 708 10,177 12.3% 75.0%
10 3,686 360 4,046 4.9% 79.9%
11 5,433 621 6,054 7.3% 87.2%
12 9,555 967 10,522 12.8% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 5,868 163 6,031
Total 82,360 6,216 88,576 100.0% 100.0%
Median 7.2 8 7.3


Tested Literacy Skill Levels
(Most Recent Tests of Adult Basic Education
[TABE] Scores as of June 30, 2006)
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) 8,471 576 19,367 1,152 941 92 30,599 37.1% 37.1%
Functional Literacy (6.0-8.9) 8,231 805 10,831 704 508 68 21,147 25.6% 62.7%
GED Prep (9.0-12.9) 17,630 1,952 9,915 596 598 108 30,799 37.3% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 3,178 89 2,061 48 629 26 6,031
Total 37,510 3,422 42,174 2,500 2,676 294 88,576 100.0% 100.0%
Median 9.1 9.5 6.1 6.1 6.3 7.9 7.3