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Michael D. Crews, Secretary

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Median Inmate Tested Grade Level was 7.3 on June 30, 2013

Inmate Population: TABE (Tests of Adult Basic Education) Scores as of June 30, 2013

Periodically, inmates are tested to determine their educational grade level in the form of a school-grade level. As of June 30, 2013, the median grade level achieved by inmates tested was 7.3, slightly up from a June 30, 2012 median score of 7.2.

  • Of all scores analyzed, the Median test score (half the scores were above and half were below this score) for inmates in prison on June 30, 2013 was 7.3, compared with 6.4 for inmates who were admitted to prison in FY 2012-13.
  • Six of every ten inmates who were tested on June 30, 2013, (62.5%) had not achieved GED Prep Literacy Skills, meaning they scored at less than the ninth grade level.
  • Only 37.5% of the inmate population had GED Prep Literacy Skills of a ninth-grade literacy skill level or better.

Tested Education Grade Level
(Most Recent Tests of Adult Basic Education [TABE]
Scores by Grade Level as of June 30, 2013)
Grade Level Male Female Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1 - 5 34,046 1,783 35,829 37.2% 37.2%
6 9,687 659 10,346 10.7% 47.9%
7 6,561 467 7,028 7.3% 55.2%
8 6,505 513 7,018 7.3% 62.5%
9 9,051 821 9,872 10.3% 72.8%
10 4,257 334 4,591 4.8% 77.6%
11 7,243 788 8,031 8.3% 85.9%
12 12,047 1,473 13,520 14.1% 100.0%
Data Unavailable* 4,416 233 4,649    
Total 93,813 7,071 100,884 100.0% 100.0%
Median 7.2 8.9 7.3    
*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, 2013, 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, 2013)
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) 10,898 803 21,381 924 1,767 56 35,829 37.2% 37.2%
Functional Literacy (6.0-8.9) 9,757 1,031 12,301 576 695 32 24,392 25.3% 62.5%
GED Prep (9.0-12.9) 20,477 2,743 11,147 592 974 81 36,014 37.5% 100.0%
Data Unavailable* 2,466 169 1,440 52 510 12 4,649    
Total 43,598 4,746 46,269 2,144 3,946 181 100,884 100.0% 100.0%
Median 8.8 9.9 6.1 6.3 5.9 8.2 7.3    
*Inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.