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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Inmate Admissions

Inmates Tested at Around the 6th Grade Level
Almost 71% Below GED Prep 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 2007-08. 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 6.3.

Testing Education Grade Level at Admission
(First Tests of Adult Basic Education [TABE] Scores)
Grade Level Male Female Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1-5 15,088 1,438 16,526 45.3% 45.3%
6 4,085 518 4,603 12.6% 57.9%
7 2,155 329 2,484 6.8% 64.7%
8 1,878 341 2,219 6.1% 70.8%
9 3,063 458 3,521 9.7% 80.5%
10 903 189 1,092 3.0% 83.5%
11 1,883 324 2,207 6.1% 89.6%
12 3,101 680 3,781 10.4% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 4,287 334 4,621
Total 36,443 4,611 41,054 100.0% 100.0%
Median 6.2 7.5 6.3

The table below groups the grade levels of the inmates admitted during FY 2007-08 into three different categories - basic literacy, functional literacy, and GED Prep skills. Again, inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.

  • Almost 71% had less than GED Prep skills (less than 9.0 grade level).

  • A little over twenty-five percent of the admissions 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])
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) 5,340 587 9,198 807 550 44 16,526 45.4% 45.4%
Functional Literacy (6.0 to 8.9) 4,156 717 3,769 446 193 25 9,306 25.5% 70.9%
GED Prep (9.0 to 12.9) 6,146 1,329 2,619 282 185 40 10,601 29.1% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 2,024 180 1,832 135 431 19 4,618
TOTAL 17,666 2,813 17,418 1,670 1,359 128 41,054 100.0% 100.0%
MEDIAN 7.4 9.1 5.4 5.9 5.4 7.3 6.3