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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Education - Inmate Admissions TABE

Inmate Admissions: TABE (Tests of Adult Basic Education) Scores at Admission FY 2013-14

Inmates admitted to the Department tested around the 6th Grade Level: Approximately 67.4% below GED Prep Level

Of all the scores analyzed, the median test score (half the scores were above and half were below this score) was 6.4, the same as last fiscal year.

About 41.5% of the inmate admissions during FY 2013-14 were classified as having basic literacy skills (1.0 to 5.9 grade levels) and approximately 25.9% were classified as having functional literacy skills (6.0 to 8.9 grade levels). This equates to 67.4% have less than GED Prep skills (less than 9.0 grade level). These figures remain relatively unchanged from last fiscal year.

Tested Education Grade Level at Asmission FY 2013-14
(First TABE scores by Grade Levels)
Grade Level Males Females Total Percent Cumulative
Percent
1 - 5 10,880 1,277 12,157 41.5% 41.5%
6 2,999 440 3,439 11.7% 53.2%
7 1,892 266 2,158 7.4% 60.5%
8 1,695 304 1,999 6.8% 67.4%
9 2,499 415 2,914 9.9% 77.3%
10 836 158 994 3.4% 80.7%
11 1,715 331 2,046 7.0% 87.7%
12 3,042 575 3,617 12.3% 100.0%
Data Unavailable* 2,864 254 3,118    
Total 28,422 4,020 32,442 100.0%  
Median 6.4 7.7 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 2013-14 into three literacy skill levels: basic literacy, functional literacy, and GED Prep skills.

Tested Literacy Skill Levels at Admission FY 2013-14
(First TABE scores by Literacy Levels)
LiteracySkillLevel WhiteMales WhiteFemales BlackMales BlackFemales OtherMales OtherFemales Total Percent CumulativePercent
BasicLiteracy (1.0-5.9) 4,086 718 6,292 529 502 30 12,157 41.5% 41.5%
FunctionalLiteracy (6.0-8.9) 3,263 755 3,085 237 238 18 7,596 25.9% 67.4%
GEDPrep (9.0-12.9) 5,632 1,287 2,268 173 192 19 9,571 32.6% 100.0%
Data Unavailable* 1,415 156 1,259 88 190 10 3,118    
Total 14,396 2,916 12,904 1,027 1,122 77 32,442 100.0%  
Median 8.0 8.3 5.7 5.6 5.8 6.3 6.4
* Inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.


Inmate Population: TABE (Tests of Adult Basic Education) Scores as of June 30, 2014

As of June 30, 2014, the median grade level achieved by inmates tested was: 7.3, the same as last year.

Perodically, 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 7.3, compared with 6.4 for inmates who were admitted to prison in FY 2013-14, remaining the same as last year.

Six of every ten inmates who were tested on June 30, 2014, (62.3%) had not achieved GED Prep literacy skills (scored less than the ninth grade level).

Only 37.7% had GED Prep literacy skills (ninth-grade literacy skills or better).

Tested Education Grade Level as of  FY 2013-14
(Most recent TABE scores by Grade Levels)
Grade Level Male Female Total Percent Cumulative
Percent
1 - 5 34,072 1,832 35,904 37.1% 37.1%
6 9,655 698 10,353 10.7% 47.9%
7 6,509 447 6,956 7.2% 55.0%
8 6,477 535 7,012 7.3% 62.3%
9 9,015 745 9,760 10.1% 72.4%
10 4,250 379 4,629 4.8% 77.2%
11 7,300 840 8,140 8.4% 85.6%
12 12,390 1,523 13,913 14.4% 100.0%
Data Unavailable* 4,124 151 4,275    
Total 93,792 7,150 100,942 100.0%  
Median 7.3 8.8 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 June 30, 2014, into three literacy skill levels: basic literacy, functional literacy, and GED Prep skills.

Tested Literacy Skill Levels as of  FY 2013-14
(Most recent 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) 10,979 844 21,281 931 1,812 57 35,904 37.1% 37.1%
Functional Literacy (6.0-8.9) 9,590 1,062 12,331 585 720 33 24,321 25.2% 62.3%
GED Prep (9.0-12.9) 20,573 2,791 11,386 604 996 92 36,442 37.7% 100.0%
Data Unavailable* 2,303 103 1,358 38 463 10 4,275    
Total 43,445 4,800 46,356 2,158 3,991 192  100,942 100.0%  
Median 9.0 9.9 6.2 6.3 5.9 9.1 7.3
*Inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.


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