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Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Inmate Admissions

Inmate Admissions: TABE (Tests of Adult Basic Education) Scores at Admission FY 2014-15

Inmates admitted to the Department tested around the 6th Grade Level: approximately 67% 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.

  • About 41% of the inmate admissions during FY 2014-15 were classified as having basic literacy skills (1.0 to 5.9 grade levels).
  • Approximately 26% were classified as having functional literacy skills (6.0 to 8.9 grade levels).
  • 33% of the inmate admissions during the fiscal year had GED Prep skills (9.0 to 12.9 grade level).
Tested Education Grade Level at Admission FY 2014-15 (First TABE scores by Grade Levels)
Grade Level Males Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1 - 5 9,753 1,136 10,889 40.6% 40.6%
6 2,952 365 3,317 12.4% 52.9%
7 1,744 239 1,983 7.4% 60.3%
8 1,511 247 1,758 6.6% 66.9%
9 2,361 298 2,659 9.9% 76.8%
10 809 163 972 3.6% 80.4%
11 1,580 328 1,908 7.1% 87.5%
12 2,781 566 3,347 12.5% 100.0%
Data Unavailable* 3,729 423 4,152    
Total 27,220 3,765 30,985    
Median 6.4 7.8 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 2014-15 into three literacy skill levels: Basic Literacy, Functional Literacy, and GED Prep skills.

Tested Literacy Skill Levels at Admission FY 2014-15 (First 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) 3,845 618 5,432 489 476 29 10,889 41% 41%
Functional Literacy (6.0-8.9) 3,089 635 2,915 202 203 14 7,058 26% 67%
GED Prep (9.0-12.9) 5,281 1,176 2,042 161 208 18 8,886 33% 100.0%
Data Unavailable* 1,754 269 1,797 147 178 7 4,152    
Total 13,969 2,698 12,186 999 1,065 68 30,985 100.0%  
Median 7.9 8.6 5.9 5.6 5.7 6.4 6.4    
*Inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.


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