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Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Education

Inmate Admissions: TABE (Tests of Adult Basic Education) Scores at Admission FY 2011-12

Inmates admitted to the Department tested around the 6th Grade Level: Approximately 69% 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.

Of all the scores analyzed, the Median test score (half the scores were above and half were below this score) was 6.3.

About 69% had less than GED Prep Skills (less than 9.0 grade level).

About 25% of the admissions were classified as having Functional Literacy Skills (6.0 to 8.9 grade levels).

The table below lists the grade levels indicated by the TABE Scores of those inmates admitted into prison during FY 2011-12.

Tested Education Grade Level at Admission FY 2011-12
(First Tests of Adult Basic Education [TABE] Scores by Grade Levels)
Grade Level Males Females Total Percent Cumulative
Percent
1 - 5 11,444 1,078 12,522 43.5% 43.5%
6 2,977 415 3,392 11.8% 55.3%
7 1,832 237 2,069 7.2% 62.5%
8 1,598 236 1,834 6.4% 68.9%
9 2,330 384 2,714 9.3% 78.2%
10  819 116  935 3.2% 81.4%
11 1,591 302 1,893 6.6% 88.0%
12 2,873 574 3,447 11.9% 100.0%
Data Unavailable* 3,137 336 3,473    
Total 28,601 3,678 32,279 100.0% 100.0%
Median 6.3 7.8 6.3    
*Inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.

The table below groups the grade levels of the inmates admitted during FY 2011-12 into three literacy skill levels.

Tested Literacy Skill Levels at Admission FY 2011-12
(First Tests of Adult Basic Education [TABE] Scores by Literacy Levels)
LiteracySkillLevel WhiteMales WhiteFemales BlackMales BlackFemales OtherMales OtherFemales Total Percent CumulativePercent
BasicLiteracy(1.0-5.9) 4,305 553 6,599 503 540 22 12,522 43.5% 43.5%
FunctionalLiteracy(6.0-8.9) 3,270 647 2,946 228 191 13 7,295 25.3% 68.8%
GEDPrep(9.0-12.9) 5,391 1,190 2,021 175  201   11  8,989 31.2% 100.0%
DataUnavailable* 1,599 219 1,313 108  225  9  3,473    
Total 14,565 2,609 12,879 1,014 1,157   55  32,279 100.0% 100.0%
Median 7.8 8.8 5.5 5.7 5.4 6.3 6.3    
*Inmateswithunavailabledatawerenotincludedintheanalysis.


Inmate Population: Median Grade Level Achieved by Inmates Tested was 7.2

Periodically, inmates are tested to determine their educational grade level in the form of a school-grade level. 

Of all scores analyzed, the Median test score (half the scores were above and half were below this score) was 7.2, compared with 6.3 for inmates who were admitted to prison in FY 2011-12 .

Six of every ten inmates (63.2%) who were tested on June 30, 2012, had not achieved GED Prep Literacy Skills meaning they scored less than the ninth grade level.

Only 36.8% of the inmate population had GED Prep Literacy Skills of a ninth-grade literacy skill level or better.

The table below shows the grade levels for the most recent TABE scores of the inmate population as of June 30, 2012.

Tested Education Grade Level
(Most Recent Tests of Adult Basic Education [TABE] Scores by Grade Level as of June 30, 2012)
Grade Level Male Female Total Percent Cumulative
Percent
1 - 5   34,547 1,738 36,285 38.1% 38.1%
6 9,572 697 10,269 10.8% 48.9%
7 6,378 485 6,863 7.2% 56.1%
8 6,288 499 6,787 7.1% 63.2%
9 9,000 795 9,795 10.3% 73.5%
10 4,172 338 4,510 4.7% 78.2%
11 6,908 801 7,709 8.1% 86.3%
12   11,654 1,397 13,051 13.7% 100.0%
Data Unavailable* 5,060 198 5,258    
Total   93,579 6,948   100,527 100.0% 100.0%
Median 7.0 8.8 7.2    
*Inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.

The table below groups the grade levels of the inmate population as of the June 30, 2012, into three literacy skills levels.

Tested Literacy Skill Level of Inmate Population FY 2011-12
(Most Recent Test of Adult Basic Education [TABE] Scores by Literarcy Levels as of June 30, 2012)
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) 11,082 751 21,703 927 1,762 60 36,285 38.1% 38.1%
Functional Literacy (6.0-8.9) 9,550 1,027 11,974 605            714 49 23,919 25.1% 63.2%
GED Prep (9.0-12.9) 19,976 2,639 10,809 620            949 72 35,065 36.8% 100.0%
Data Unavailable* 2,808 133       1,663 55            589 10       5,258    
Total 43,416 4,550 46,149 2,207 4,014 191 100,527 100.0% 100.0%
Median 8.6 9.8 6.0 6.3 5.9 7.7 7.2    
*Inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.