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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 Population

Median Grade Level Achieved
by Inmates Tested Was 6.9
(As of June 30, 2007)

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 6.9, compared to 6.2 for inmates who were admitted to prison in FY 2006-07.

  • The bottom table groups the grade levels of the June 30, 2007 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 (64.2%) had not achieved GED Prep literacy skills (scored less than the ninth-grade level).

  • Only 35.8% 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, 2007)
Grade Level Males Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1-5 31,183 1,925 33,108 38.8% 38.8%
6 8,985 714 9,699 11.4% 50.2%
7 5,509 456 5,965 7.0% 57.2%
8 5,530 470 6,000 7.0% 64.2%
9 9,178 762 9,940 11.7% 75.9%
10 3,613 335 3,948 4.6% 80.5%
11 5,461 636 6,097 7.2% 87.7%
12 9,445 1,061 10,506 12.3% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 7,390 191 7,581    
Total 86,294 6,550 92,844 100.0% 100.0%
Median 6.8 8.0 6.9    


Tested Literacy Skill Levels
(Most Recent Tests of Adult Basic Education
[TABE] Scores as of June 30, 2007)
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) 9,375 643 20,696 1,188 1,112 94 33,108 38.8% 38.8%
Functional Literacy (6.0-8.9) 8,552 891 10,936 685 536 64 21,664 25.4% 64.2%
GED Prep (9.0-12.9) 17,292 2,122 9,722 570 633 102 30,491 35.8% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 3,944 108 2,705 61 741 22 7,581    
Total 39,163 3,764 44,109 2,504 3,022 282 92,844 100.0% 100.0%
Median 8.6 9.7 6.0 6.1 6.1 7.1 6.9