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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, 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, 2010. 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 6.2 for ¬†inmates who were admitted to prison in FY 2009-10.

  • The bottom table groups the grade levels of the June 30, 2010 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, 2010 (64.4%) had not achieved GED Prep literacy skills (scored less than the ninth grade level).

  • Only 35.6% 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, 2010)
Grade Level Male Female Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1 - 5 35,993 1,968 37,961 39.1% 39.1%
6 10,003 714 10,717 11.1% 50.2%
7 6,393 522 6,915 7.1% 57.3%
8 6,323 568 6,891 7.1% 64.4%
9 9,331 884 10,215 10.6% 75.0%
10 3,958 355 4,313 4.5% 79.5%
11 6,564 747 7,311 7.6% 87.1%
12 11,212 1,248 12,460 12.9% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 5,311 138 5,449    
Total 95,088 7,144 102,232 100.0% 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) 11,135 802 23,242 1,086 1,616 80 37,961 39.2% 39.2%
Functional Literacy (6.0-8.9) 9,758 1,021 12,238 732 723 51 24,523 25.3% 64.5%
GED Prep (9.0-12.9) 19,449 2,459 10,739 679 877 96 34,299 35.5% 100.0%
Missing 2,896 82 1,684 42 731 14 5,449    
Total 43,238 4,364 47,903 2,539 3,947 241 102,232 100.0% 100.0%
Median 8.6 9.5 5.9 6.3 5.9 7.8 6.9