World's Most Literate Nations

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).

Nation

Test Scores Rank

Singapore
1
Finland
2.5
South Korea
2.5
Japan
4
China
5
Canada
6
Netherlands
7
Estonia
8
Ireland
9
Belgium
10
New Zealand
11
Germany
12.5
United States
12.5
Australia
14
Denmark
15
Switzerland
16
Poland
17
Sweden
18.5
Hungary
18.5
Italy
20
France
21.5
Russia
21.5
Norway
23
Czech Republic
24.5
Latvia
24.5
United Kingdom
26
Luxembourg
27
Portugal
28
Iceland
29
Austria
30
Croatia
31
Israel
32
Slovak Republic
33
Spain
34
Lithuania
35
Slovenia
36
Bulgaria
37
South Africa
38
Greece
39
Morocco
40
Botswana
41
Romania
42
Georgia
43
Turkey
44
Indonesia
45
Cyprus
46
Chile
47
Serbia
48.5
Costa Rica
48.5
Qatar
50
Malta
51
Colombia
52
Thailand
53
Mexico
54
Brazil
55
Malaysia
56
Tunisia
57
Mauritius
58
Argentina
59
Albania
60
Panama
61
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