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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

Inmates Tested at Around the 6th Grade Level

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 2006-07. 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 6.2.

Testing Education Grade Level at Admission
(First Tests of Adult Basic Education [TABE] Scores for FY 2006-07)
Grade Level Male Female Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1-5 13,814 1,494 15,308 46.7% 46.7%
6 3,653 539 4,192 12.8% 59.5%
7 1,834 304 2,138 6.5% 66.0%
8 1,607 287 1,894 5.8% 71.8%
9 3,009 536 3,545 10.8% 82.6%
10 707 126 833 2.5% 85.2%
11 1,475 294 1,769 5.4% 90.6%
12 2,523 569 3,092 9.4% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 4,834 259 5,093
Total 33,456 4,408 37,864 100.0% 100.0%
Median 6.1 7.2 6.2

The table below groups the grade levels of the inmates admitted during FY 2006-07 into three different categories - basic literacy, functional literacy, and GED Prep skills. Again, inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.

  • 72.0% had less than GED Prep skills (less than 9.0 grade level).

  • One quarter 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 2006-07)
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) 4,957 655 8,461 794 396 45 15,308 46.7% 46.7%
Functional Literacy (6.0 to 8.9) 3,640 719 3,305 386 149 25 8,224 25.1% 71.8%
GED Prep (9.0 to 12.9) 5,329 1,254 2,222 247 163 24 9,239 28.2% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 2,232 158 2,181 94 421 7 5,093
TOTAL 16,158 2,786 16,169 1,521 1,129 101 37,864 100.0% 100.0%
MEDIAN 7.3 8.4 5.4 5.7 5.5 6.3 6.2