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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

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Inmate Population: TABE (Tests of Adult Basic Education) Scores as of June 30, 2015

As of June 30, 2015, 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 2014-15, remaining the same as last year.

  • On June 30, 2015, 62.1% of inmates tested had not achieved GED Prep literacy skills, meaning they scored less than the ninth grade level.
  • Only 37.9% had GED Prep literacy skills (ninth-grade literacy skills or better).
Tested Education Grade Level as of  FY 2014-15 (Most recent TABE scores by Grade Levels)
Grade Level Male Female Total Percent Cumulative
Percent
1 - 5 33,878 1,741 35,619 37.2% 37.2%
6 9,715 607 10,322 10.8% 48.0%
7 6,335 433 6,768 7.1% 55.1%
8 6,233 511 6,744 7.0% 62.1%
9 8,826 738 9,564 10.0% 72.1%
10 4,153 401 4,554 4.8% 76.9%
11 7,316 830 8,146 8.5% 85.4%
12 12,466 1,514 13,980 14.6% 100.0%
Data Unavailable* 4,110 243 4,353    
Total 93,032 7,018 100,050 100.0%  
Median 7.2 9.1 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, 2015, into three literacy skill levels: Basic Literacy, Functional Literacy, and GED Prep skills.

Tested Literacy Skill Levels as of June 30, 2015 (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) 10,967 800 20,910 887 2,001 54 35,619 37.2% 37.2%
Functional Literacy (6.0-8.9) 9,302 955 12,192 555 789 41 23,834 24.9% 62.1%
GED Prep (9.0-12.9) 20,353 2,773 11,345 622 1,063 88 36,244 37.9% 100.0%
Data Unavailable* 2,218 171 1,448 61 444 11 4,353    
Total 42,840 4,699 45,895 2,125 4,297 194 100,050 100.0%  
Median 7.9 8.6 5.9 5.6 5.7 6.4 7.3    
*Inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.


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