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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

TABE (Tests of Adult Basic Education) Scores at Admission FY1112

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 FY1112.

Tested Education Grade Level at Admission FY1112
(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 FY1112 into three literacy skill levels.

Tested Literacy Skill Levels at Admission FY1112
(First Tests of Adult Basic Education [TABE] Scores by Literacy Levels)
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) 4,305 553 6,599 503 540 22 12,522 43.5% 43.5%
Functional Literacy (6.0-8.9) 3,270 647 2,946 228 191 13 7,295 25.3% 68.8%
GED Prep (9.0-12.9) 5,391 1,190 2,021 175 201 11 8,989 31.2% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 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    
*Inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.