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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Re-Entry

Education

TABE Results

(Most Recent Tests of Adult Basic Education [TABE] Scores as of June 30, 2011)

Grade Level Male Female Total Percent Cumulative
Percent
1 - 5 35,615 1,925 37,540 38.9% 38.9%
6 9,730 719 10,449 10.8% 49.7%
7 6,440 487 6,927 7.2% 56.9%
8 6,284 555 6,839 7.1% 64.0%
9 9,115 858 9,973 10.3% 74.3%
10 4,124 381 4,505 4.7% 79.0%
11 6,842 749 7,591 7.9% 86.9%
12 11,345 1,347 12,692 13.1% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 5,644 159 5,803    
Total 95,139 7,180 102,319 100.0% 100.0%
Median 6.8 8.4 7.0    

Median Grade Level Achieved by Inmates Tested Was 7.0

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, 2011. 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 7.0, compared with 6.3 for inmates who were admitted to prison in FY 2010-11.
  • The bottom table groups the grade levels of the June 30, 2011 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, 2011 (64.0%) had not achieved GED Prep literacy skills (scored less than the ninth grade level).
  • Only 36.0% had GED Prep Literacy skills (ninth-grade literacy skills or better).