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Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Education

As of June 30, 2012, the 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 FY1112.

  • 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 Levels
(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.