Education System Output--Test Scores
Education System – Outputs are indexed with four variables.
1. Reading assessment scores at five-year intervals (2006-11) from the PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) literacy assessment of younger students (fourth to eighth grades).
2. Reading assessment scores at three-year intervals (2009-12) from the multi-dimensional PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) examination of educational outcomes for older students (15-18 YOA).
Because of the wide differences of the numbers of the four testing variables in which countries participated, a “bonus” of .2 of rank order score for each of the four tests administered is added to the final score prior to ranking.
Miller and McKenna (2016) summarize the results of these international assessments and their forerunners over time in Chapter 3. Their overview provides a long view of trends and approaches to assessment. They also examine the affective component of these assessments – individuals’ motivation to read. These results are often neglected due to interest in proficiency, but the authors argue that the affective dimensions of reading are of vital importance in considering the status of a nation’s literacy.
The list can be sorted alphabetically by clicking on "Nation" (below). The list can also be sorted numerically by clicking on "Rank" (below).