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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Inmate Admissions

Inmates admitted to the Department tested around the 6th Grade Level: Approximately 68.0% below GED Prep Level

TABE (Tests of Adult Basic Education) scores for inmates admitted to prison in FY 2012-13

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 6.4, which increased slightly from last fiscal year's score of 6.3.
  • About 41.3% of the inmate admissions during FY 2012-13 were classified as having basic literacy skills (1.0 to 5.9 grade levels) and approximately 26.7% were classified as having functional literacy skills (6.0 to 8.9 grade levels), meaning 68.0% of FY 2012-13 tested admissions had less than a 9th grade literacy skill level.

The table below lists the grade levels indicated by the TABE Scores of those inmates admitted into prison during FY 2012-13.

 

Tested Education Grade Level at Admission FY 2012-13
(First Tests of Adult Basic Education [TABE] Scores by Grade Levels)
Grade Level Males Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1 - 5 11,330 1,119 12,449 41.3% 41.3%
6 3,296 454 3,750 12.4% 53.7%
7 2,069 267 2,336 7.8% 61.5%
8 1,721 239 1,960 6.5% 68.0%
9 2,523 414 2,937 9.7% 77.7%
10            875 121            996 3.3% 81.0%
11 1,746 270 2,016 6.7% 87.7%
12 3,318 575 3,693 12.3% 100.0%
Data Unavailable* 2,760 398 3,158    
Total 29,438 3,857 33,295 100.0% 100.0%
Median 6.4 7.5 6.4
*Inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.

The table below groups the grade levels of the inmates admitted during FY 2012-13 into three literacy skill levels: basic literacy, functional literacy, and GED Prep skills.

Tested Literacy Skill Levels at Admission FY 2012-13
(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) 4,111 616 6,743 485 476 18 12,449 41.3% 41.3%
Functional Literacy (6.0-8.9) 3,569 702 3,321 248 196 10 8,046 26.7% 68.0%
GED Prep (9.0-12.9) 5,829 1,188 2,223 173 210 19 9,642 32.0% 100.0%
Data Unavailable 1,426 277 1,122 113 212 8 3,158    
Total 14,935 2,783 13,409 1,019 1,094 55 33,295 100.0% 100.0%
Median 8 8.4 5.7 5.9 5.7 7.3 6.4
*Inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.