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Table 2. Average PIRLS scores of fourth-grade students on reading literacy scale and cutpoint scores for bottom and top 10 percent of students in each jurisdiction, by jurisdiction: 2006
Jurisdiction PIRLS   Cutpoint score
Average score   Bottom 10 percent   Top 10 percent  
All jurisdictions 500 398 597
 
Russian Federation 565 474 649
Hong Kong, SAR1 564 486 637  
Canada, Alberta 560 472 645
Canada, British Columbia 558 467 645
Singapore 558 456   652
Luxembourg 557 470 641
Canada, Ontario 555 463 644
Hungary 551 459   637  
Italy 551 462 637  
Sweden 549 465 627  
Germany 548   463 627  
Belgium (Flemish)2 547   474 616
Bulgaria 547   437   647
Netherlands2 547   478 613
Denmark 546   454   629  
Canada, Nova Scotia 542   442   634  
Latvia 541   460 619
United States2 540   441   631  
England 539   423 645
Austria 538   454   617
Lithuania 537   461 608
Chinese Taipei 535   451   613
Canada, Quebec 533   450   611
New Zealand 532 415 637  
Slovak Republic 531 433   617
Scotland2 527 420 624  
France 522 433   605
Slovenia 522 427 608
Poland 519 417 612
Spain 513 420 599
Israel 512 369 626  
Iceland 511 417 594
Belgium (French) 500 409 585
Moldova, Republic of 500 406 584
Norway3 498 409 579
Romania 489 362 597
Georgia 471 369 565
Macedonia, Republic of 442 305 571
Trinidad and Tobago 436 295 563
Iran, Islamic Republic of 421 295 539
Indonesia 405 301 504
Qatar 353 228 479
Kuwait 330 186 476
Morocco 323 181 468
South Africa 302 141 500
∆ Score is higher than U.S. score.
▼Score is lower than U.S. score.
1Hong Kong, SAR, is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China.
2Met Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) guidelines for sample participation rates only after replacement schools were included.
3Did not meet guidelines for sample participation rates after replacement schools were included.
NOTE: Jurisdictions are ordered on the basis of average scores, from highest to lowest. Reading literacy scores are reported on a scale from 0 to 1,000. A cutpoint score is the threshold score for an established level of performance. The cutpoint scores for students in the top 10 percent is the 90th percentile score within the jurisdiction. The cutpoint score for students in the bottom 10 percent is the 10th percentile score within the jurisdiction. The tests for significance take into account the standard error for the reported difference. Thus, a small difference between the United States and one country may be significant while a large difference between the United States and another country may not be significant.
SOURCE: Mullis, I.V.S., Martin, M.O., Kennedy, A.M., and Foy, P. (2007). PIRLS 2006 International Report: IEA’s Progress in International Reading Literacy Study in Primary Schools in 40 Countries, exhibit 1.1. Chestnut Hill, MA: TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center, Boston College; and International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), 2006, unpublished tabulations (November 2008).
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