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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Inmate Admissions

Inmate Admissions: TABE (Tests of Adult Basic Education) Scores at Admission FY 2015-16

Inmates admitted to the Department tested around the 6th Grade Level: approximately 64.5% 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 6.8.

  • About 39.3% of the inmate admissions during FY 2015-16 were classified as having basic literacy skills (1.0 to 5.9 grade levels).
  • Approximately 25.2% were classified as having functional literacy skills (6.0 to 8.9 grade levels).
  • 33.5% 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 2015-16 (First TABE scores by Grade Levels)
Grade Level Males Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1 - 5  9,448         1,073       10,521 39.3% 39.3%
6         2,728            337         3,065 11.4% 50.7%
7         1,667            228         1,895 7.1% 57.8%
8         1,572            227         1,799 6.7% 64.5%
9         2,263            317         2,580 9.6% 74.1%
10            901            142         1,043 3.9% 78.0%
11         1,844            300         2,144 8.0% 86.0%
12         3,150            591         3,741 14.0% 100.0%
Data Unavailable*         3,111            390         3,501    
Total       26,684         3,605       30,289    
Median 6.6 7.8 6.8    
*Inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.

The table below groups the grade levels of the inmates admitted during FY 2015-16 into three literacy skill levels: Basic Literacy, Functional Literacy, and GED Prep skills.

Tested Literacy Skill Levels at Admission FY 2015-16 (First TABE scores by Literacy Levels)
Literacy Skill Level White Males White Females Black Males Black Females Other Males Other Females Total Percent
Basic Literacy (1.0-5.9)         3,589            599         5,452          414             407             60   10,521 41%
Functional Literacy (6.0-8.9)         2,942            568         2,845          197             180             27     6,759 26%
GED Prep (9.0-12.9)         5,468         1,164         2,469          159             221             27     9,508 33%
Data Unavailable*         1,594            253         1,329          129             188               8     3,501  
Total       13,593         2,584       12,095          899             996           122   30,289 100.0%
Median 8.3 8.8 5.9 5.7 5.9 5.9 6.8
*Inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.


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