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Table B.1.02. Average PIRLS combined reading literacy scores and subscale scores for fourth-grade students, by jurisdiction: 2006

  Combined reading literacy scale   Literary subscale   Informational subscale
Jurisdiction Average score s.e.   Average score s.e.   Average score s.e.
Austria 538 2.2   537 2.1   536 2.3
Belgium (Flemish)1 547 2.0   544 1.9   547 2.0
Belgium (French) 500 2.6   499 2.4   498 2.8
Bulgaria 547 4.4   542 4.5   550 4.4
Canada, Alberta 560 2.4   561 2.7   556 2.4
                 
Canada, British Columbia 558 2.6   559 2.7   554 2.7
Canada, Nova Scotia 542 2.2   543 2.4   539 2.4
Canada, Ontario 555 2.7   555 3.0   552 3.0
Canada, Quebec 533 2.8   529 2.8   533 2.7
Chinese Taipei 535 2.0   530 2.0   538 1.8
                 
Denmark 546 2.3   547 2.6   542 2.4
England 539 2.6   539 2.6   537 2.5
France 522 2.1   516 2.4   526 2.1
Georgia 471 3.1   476 3.2   465 3.6
Germany 548 2.2   549 2.2   544 2.3
                 
Hong Kong SAR2 564 2.4   557 2.6   568 2.3
Hungary 551 3.0   557 2.9   541 3.1
Iceland 511 1.3   514 1.7   505 1.4
Indonesia 405 4.1   397 3.9   418 4.2
Iran 421 3.1   426 3.1   420 3.1
                 
Israel 512 3.3   516 3.4   507 3.6
Italy 551 2.9   551 3.3   549 2.9
Kuwait 330 4.2   340 3.7   327 4.3
Latvia 541 2.3   539 2.4   540 2.4
Lithuania 537 1.6   542 1.9   530 1.6
                 
Luxembourg 557 1.1   555 1.0   557 1.0
Macedonia 442 4.1   439 3.7   450 4.2
Moldova 500 3.0   492 2.8   508 3.0
Morocco 323 5.9   317 6.5   335 6.0
Netherlands1 547 1.5   545 1.8   548 1.6
                 
New Zealand 532 2.0   527 2.1   534 2.2
Norway3 498 2.6   501 2.5   494 2.8
Poland 519 2.4   523 2.5   515 2.2
Qatar 353 1.1   358 1.3   356 1.6
Romania 489 5.0   493 4.8   487 4.9
                 
Russian Federation 565 3.4   561 3.3   564 3.3
Scotland1 527 2.8   527 2.6   527 2.6
Singapore 558 2.9   552 2.9   563 2.8
Slovak Republic 531 2.8   533 2.9   527 2.6
Slovenia 522 2.1   519 2.0   523 2.4
                 
South Africa 302 5.6   299 5.2   316 5.1
Spain 513 2.5   516 2.7   508 2.9
Sweden 549 2.3   546 2.3   549 2.4
Trinidad and Tobago 436 4.9   434 4.6   440 4.6
United States1 540 3.5   541 3.6   537 3.4
1 Met guidelines for sample participation rates in 2006 only after replacement schools were included.                
2 Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China.                
3 Did not meet guidelines for sample participation rates in 2006 after replacement schools were included.                
NOTE: Apparent differences may not be statistically significant. Standard error is noted by s.e.                
SOURCE: Data from the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), 2006. Baer, J., Baldi, S., Ayotte, K., and Green, P. (2007). The Reading Literacy of U.S. Fourth-Grade Students in an International Context: Results From the 2001 and 2006 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) (NCES 2008—017), tables R-1 and R-2. National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.
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