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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Inmate Admissions

Admissions test at around the sixth grade level; 71.7% 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 TABEĀ  (Tests of Adult Basic Education) scores of those inmates admitted into prison during the FY 2009-10. Admissions 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.

The table below groups the grade levels of the inmates admitted during FY 2009-10 into three different categories -- basic literacy, functional literacy, and GED Prep skills. Again, admissions with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.

  • 71.7 percent had less than GED Prep skills (less than 9.0 grade level).

  • About twenty five percent of the admissions were classified as having functional literacy skills (6.0 to 8.9 grade levels).

 

Testing Education Grade Level at Admission
(First Tests of Adult Basic Education [TABE] Scores)
Grade Level Males Females Total Percent CumulativeĀ Percent
1 - 5 14,344 1,282 15,626 46.2% 46.2%
6 3,494 487 3,981 11.8% 58.0%
7 2,184 310 2,494 7.4% 65.4%
8 1,792 284 2,076 6.2% 71.6%
9 2,676 560 3,236 9.6% 81.2%
10 838 136 974 2.9% 84.1%
11 1,687 291 1,978 5.9% 90.0%
12 2,763 603 3,366 10.0% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 3,032 229 3,261    
Total 32,810 4,182 36,992 100.0% 100.0%
Median 6.1 7.8 6.2    

The table below groups the grade levels of the inmates admitted during FY 2009-10 into three different categories -- basic literacy, functional literacy, and GED Prep skills. Again, admissions with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.

  • 71.7 percent had less than GED Prep skills (less than 9.0 grade level).

  • About 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])
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) 5,021 616 8,805 636 518 30 15,626 46.3% 46.3%
Functional Literacy (6.0-8.9) 3,811 701 3,439 360 220 20 8,551 25.4% 71.7%
GED Prep (9.0-12.9) 5,563 1,285 2,167 281 234 24 9,554 28.3% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 1,552 133 1,142 83 338 13 3,261    
Total 15,947 2,735 15,553 1,360 1,310 87 36,992 100.0% 100.0%
Median 7.4 8.6 5.4 6.0 5.7 6.4 6.2