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Inmate Population: TABE (Tests of Adult Basic Education) Scores as of June 30, 2016

As of June 30, 2016, the median grade level achieved by inmates tested was: 7.3.

Periodically, 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 for the inmate population on June 30, 2016, slightly higher than the 6.8 level for inmates who were admitted to prison during FY 2015-16.

  • On June 30, 2016, 61.4% of inmates tested had not achieved GED Prep literacy skills, meaning they scored less than the ninth grade level.
  • 38.6% had GED Prep literacy skills (ninth-grade literacy skills or better).
Tested Education Grade Level as of  FY 2015-16 (Most recent TABE scores by Grade Levels)
Grade Level Male Female Total Percent Cumulative
Percent
1 - 5        33,487         1,723        35,210 37.0% 37.0%
6          9,530            575        10,105 10.6% 47.6%
7          6,212            422          6,634 7.0% 54.6%
8          6,057            445          6,502 6.8% 61.4%
9          8,715            743          9,458 9.9% 71.4%
10          4,117            394          4,511 4.7% 76.1%
11          7,586            817          8,403 8.8% 84.9%
12        12,830         1,502        14,332 15.1% 100.0%
Data Unavailable* 3,755 209 3,964    
Total 92,289 6,830 99,119 100.0%  
Median 7.3 9.2 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, 2016, into three literacy skill levels: Basic Literacy, Functional Literacy, and GED Prep skills.

Tested Literacy Skill Levels as of June 30, 2016 (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)        10,801            783        20,726            859           1,960          81    35,210 37.0% 37.0%
Functional Literacy (6.0-8.9)          9,139            864        11,866            516              794          62    23,241 24.4% 61.4%
GED Prep (9.0-12.9)        20,447         2,764        11,707            608           1,094          84    36,704 38.6% 100.0%
Data Unavailable*          2,102            136          1,279              64              374            9      3,964    
Total 42,489 4,547 45,578 2,047 4,222 236 99,119 100.0%  
Median 9.1 10.2 6.2 6.4 5.9 7.3 7.3    
*Inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.


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