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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

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, 2008. 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 6.3 for inmates who were admitted to prison in FY 2007-08.

  • The bottom table groups the grade levels of the June 30, 2008 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 (64.5%) had not achieved GED Prep literacy skills (scored less than the ninth-grade level).

  • Only 35.5% 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, 2008)
Grade Level Males Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1-5 33,651 1,946 35,597 39.2% 39.2%
6 9,631 708 10,339 11.4% 50.6%
7 5,839 530 6,369 7.0% 57.6%
8 5,788 524 6,312 6.9% 64.5%
9 9,189 758 9,947 10.9% 75.4%
10 3,800 340 4,140 4.6% 80.0%
11 6,105 668 6,773 7.4% 87.4%
12 10,282 1,181 11,463 12.6% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 7,019 233 7,252    
Total 91,304 6,888 98,192 100.0% 100.0%
Median 6.7 8.2 6.9    


Tested Literacy Skill Levels
(Most Recent Tests of Adult Basic Education
[TABE] Scores as of June 30, 2008)
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) 10,272 653 22,023 1,194 1,356 99 35,597 39.2% 39.2%
Functional Literacy (6.0-8.9) 9,183 964 11,476 726 599 72 23,020 25.3% 64.5%
GED Prep (9.0-12.9) 18,346 2,250 10,328 598 702 99 32,323 35.5% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 3,722 124 2,496 77 801 32 7,252    
Total 41,523 3,991 46,323 2,595 3,458 302 98,192 100.0% 100.0%
Median 8.6 9.7 5.9 6.2 5.9 7.3 6.9