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Pirls 2006 reading achievement
The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (Pirls) is a comparative study of the reading attainment of children aged about 10, being conducted every five years. This is the second report, featuring 40 countries.

DISTRIBUTION OF READING ACHIEVEMENT

Countries Average scale score* Mean age
Russian Federation 565(3.4) 10.8
Hong Kong SAR 564(2.4) 10.0
Canada, Alberta 560(2.4) 9.9
Singapore 558(2.9) 10.4
Canada, British Columbia 558(2.6) 9.8
Luxembourg 557(1.1) 11.4
Canada, Ontario 5558(2.7) 9.8
Italy 551(2.9) 9.7
Hungary 551(3.0) 10.7
Sweden 549(2.3) 10.9
Germany 548(2.2) 10.5
Netherlands 547(1.5) 10.3
Belgium (Flemish) 547(2.0) 10.0
Bulgaria 547(4.4) 10.9
Denmark 546(2.3) 10.9
Canada, Nova Scotia 542(2.2) 10.0
Latvia 541(2.3) 11.0
United States 540(3.5) 10.1
England 539 (2.6) 10.3
Austria 538(2.2) 10.3
Lithuania 537(1.6) 10.7
Chinese Taipei 535(2.0) 10.1
Canada, Quebec 533(2.8) 10.1
New Zealand 532(2.0) 10.0
Slovak Republic 531(2.8) 10.4
Scotland 527(2.8) 9.9
France 522(2.1) 10.0
Slovenia 522(2.1) 9.9
Poland 519(2.4) 9.9
Spain 513(2.5) 9.9
Israel 512(3.3) 10.1
Iceland 511 (1.3) 9.8
Pirls scale average 500  
Moldova, Rep. of 500(3.0) 10.9
Belgium (French) 500(2.6) 9.9
Norway 498(2.6) 9.8
Romania 489(5.0) 10.9
Georgia 471(3.1) 10.1
Macedonia, Rep. of 442(4.1) 10.6
Trinidad and Tobago 436(4.9) 10.1
Iran, Islamic Rep. of 421(3.1) 10.2
Indonesia 405(4.1) 10.4
Qatar 353(1.1) 9.8
Kuwait 330(4.2) 9.8
Morocco 323(5.9) 10.8
South Africa 302 (5.6) 11.9

*The Pirls reading achievement scale was established in Pirls 2001 to have a mean of 500 and a standard deviation of 100.

READ THE FINDINGS

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The figure in brackets is the standard error and refers to uncertainty in estimates resulting from random fluctuations in samples.

The smaller the standard error, the better the sampleís score is as an estimate of the populationís score.

SEE ALSO
England falls in reading league
28 Nov 07 |  Education



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