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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 Admissions

Admissions test at around the sixth grade level; 70.7% 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 TABE (Tests of Adult Basic Education) scores of those inmates admitted into prison during the FY 2010-11. 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 6.3.

The table below groups the grade levels of the inmates admitted during FY 2010-11 into three different categories -- basic literacy, functional literacy, and GED Prep skills. Again, admissions with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.

  • 70.7 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 Cumulative Percent
1 - 5 12,591 1,290 13,881 45.5% 45.5%
6 3,192 451 3,643 11.9% 57.4%
7 1,865 305 2,170 7.1% 64.5%
8 1,624 269 1,893 6.2% 70.7%
9 2,471 421 2,892 9.5% 80.2%
10 827 144 971 3.2% 83.4%
11 1,580 280 1,860 6.1% 89.5%
12 2,602 613 3,215 10.5% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 4,184 283 4,467    
Total 30,936 4,056 34,992 100.0% 100.0%
Median 6.2 7.4 6.3    

 

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) 4,628 651 7,418 597 545 42 13,881 45.5% 45.5%
Functional Literacy (6.0-8.9) 3,419 737 3,075 266 187 22 7,706 25.2% 70.7%
GED Prep (9.0-12.9) 5,365 1,240 1,928 201 187 17 8,938 29.3% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 2,134 173 1,735 104 315 6 4,467    
Total 15,546 2,801 14,156 1,168 1,234 87 34,992 100.0% 100.0%
Median 7.5 8.4 5.4 5.7 5.4 5.9 6.3