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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 on the right shows the grade levels for the most recent TABE scores of the inmate prison population on June 30, 2009. 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 with 6.3 for inmates who were admitted to prison in FY 2008-09.

  • The bottom table groups the grade levels of the June 30, 2009 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 ten inmates who were tested on June 30, 2009 (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, 2009)
Grade Level Male Female Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1 - 5 34,912 1,946 36,858 39.2% 39.2%
6 9,874 724 10,598 11.3% 50.5%
7 6,114 499 6,613 7.0% 57.5%
8 6,034 554 6,588 7.0% 64.5%
9 9,527 830 10,357 11.0% 75.5%
10 3,931 367 4,298 4.6% 80.1%
11 6,318 737 7,055 7.5% 87.6%
12 10,529 1,205 11,734 12.4% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 6,618 175 6,793    
Total 93,857 7,037 100,894 100.0% 100.0%
Median 6.7 8.3 6.9    


Tested Literacy Skill Levels
(Most Recent Tests of Adult Basic Education
[TABE] Scores as of June 30, 2009)
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) 10,635 710 22,809 1,159 1,468 77 36,858 39.2% 39.2%
Functional Literacy (6.0-8.9) 9,424 982 11,909 733 689 62 23,799 25.3% 64.5%
GED Prep (9.0-12.9) 18,963 2,381 10,560 657 782 101 33,444 35.5% 100.0%
Missing 3,580 94 2,221 58 817 23 6,793    
Total 42,602 4,167 47,499 2,607 3,756 263 100,894 100.0% 100.0%
Median 8.6 9.7 5.9 6.3 6.0 8.0 6.9