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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 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).

Tested Education Grade Level
(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    


Tested Literacy Skill Levels
(Most Recent Tests of Adult Basic Education
[TABE] Scores as of June 30, 2011)
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) 11,292 813 22,625 1,032 1,698 80 37,540 38.9% 38.9%
Functional Literacy (6.0-8.9) 9,658 1,062 12,085 647 711 52 24,215 25.1% 64.0%
GED Prep (9.0-12.9) 19,735 2,620 10,788 632 903 83 34,761 36.0% 100.0%
Missing 3,101 109 1,840 37 703 13 5,803    
Total 43,786 4,604 47,338 2,348 4,015 228 102,319 100.0% 100.0%
Median 8.6 9.5 6.0 6.3 5.9 7.0 7.0