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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

INMATE POPULATION ON JUNE 30, 2000

Tested Education Grade Level
(Most Recent Tests of Adult Basic Education [TABE] Scores as of June 30, 2000)

Grade Level Males Females Total Percent Cumulative Percent
1
1,231
58
1,289
2.1%
2.1%
2
4,032
248
4,280
7.0%
9.1%
3
5,046
325
5,371
8.7%
17.8%
4
4,603
293
4,896
8.0%
25.7%
5
6,676
441
7,117
11.6%
37.3%
6
6,218
450
6,668
10.8%
48.2%
7
4,195
280
4,475
7.3%
55.4%
8
4,481
236
4,717
7.7%
63.1%
9
6,378
363
6,741
11.0%
74.1%
10
3,826
220
4,046
6.6%
80.6%
11
3,654
255
3,909
6.4%
87.0%
12
7,514
481
7,995
13.0%
100.0%
Data Unavailable
9,360
369
9,729
 
 
Total
67,214
4,019
71,233
100.0%
100.0%
Median
7.3
7.0
7.3
 
 


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. The table shows the grade levels for the most recent TABE scores of the inmate prison population on June 30, 2000, which is the last day of the fiscal year. Inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.

  • Of all scores analyzed, the median test score (half the scores were above and half were below this score) was 7.3, compared with 6.3 or inmates who were admitted to prison in FY 1999-00.
  • The tested grade level achieved most often (13.0%) was the twelfth grade, compared to a tested grade level of fifth grade for inmates admitted in FY 1999-00.

The table below groups the grade levels of the June 30, 2000 prison population into three different categories: less than basic literacy, basic literacy, or functional literacy. Again, inmates with unavailable data were not included in the analysis.

  • Six of every ten inmates (63.1%) in prison on June 30, 2000 had less than functional literacy skills (less than the ninth grade level).
  • Almost half (45.3%) of the tested inmate population had basic literacy skills, which are defined as from 4.0 to 8.9 grade levels.