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Table B.1.84. Overall PIRLS reading average scale score and purposes of reading subscale scores of 4th-grade students, by education system: 2011

Education system Overall
reading
average
scale score
s.e.   Purposes of reading
  Literary experience   Acquire and use information
  Average score s.e.   Average score s.e.
PIRLS scale average 500 0.0   500 0.0   500 0.0
Hong Kong-CHN1 571 2.3   565 2.5   578 2.2
Russian Federation 568 2.7   567 2.7   570 2.7
Finland 568 1.9   568 2.0   568 2.0
Singapore2 567 3.3   567 3.5   569 3.3
Northern Ireland-GBR3 558 2.4   564 2.7   555 2.6
United States2 556 1.5   563 1.8   553 1.6
Denmark2 554 1.7   555 1.7   553 1.8
Croatia2 553 1.9   555 1.9   552 1.6
Chinese Taipei-CHN 553 1.9   542 1.9   565 1.8
Ireland 552 2.3   557 2.7   549 2.3
England-GBR3 552 2.6   553 2.8   549 2.6
Canada2 548 1.6   553 1.7   545 1.7
Netherlands3 546 1.9   545 2.4   547 1.9
Czech Republic 545 2.2   545 2.1   545 2.0
Sweden 542 2.1   547 2.4   537 2.4
Italy 541 2.2   539 2.0   545 2.0
Germany 541 2.2   545 2.2   538 2.5
Israel1 541 2.7   542 2.7   541 2.6
Portugal 541 2.6   538 2.8   544 2.6
Hungary 539 2.9   542 2.8   536 3.0
Slovak Republic 535 2.8   540 2.9   530 3.0
Bulgaria 532 4.1   532 4.4   533 4.0
New Zealand 531 1.9   533 2.3   530 2.0
Slovenia 530 2.0   532 2.4   528 2.0
Austria 529 2.0   533 2.2   526 2.0
Lithuania2,4 528 2.0   529 1.8   527 2.0
Australia 527 2.2   527 2.2   528 2.2
Poland 526 2.1   531 2.1   519 2.4
France 520 2.6   521 2.6   519 2.6
Spain 513 2.3   516 2.1   512 2.0
Norway5 507 1.9   508 2.0   505 2.3
Belgium (French)-BEL2,3 506 2.9   508 2.9   504 3.2
Romania 502 4.3   504 4.2   500 4.6
Georgia4,6 488 3.1   491 2.9   482 3.1
Malta 477 1.4   470 1.7   485 1.5
Trinidad and Tobago 471 3.8   467 4.1   474 3.8
Azerbaijan2,6 462 3.3   461 3.0   460 3.9
Iran, Islamic Rep. of 457 2.8   459 2.9   455 2.9
Colombia 448 4.1   453 4.1   440 4.4
United Arab Emirates 439 2.2   427 2.4   452 2.2
Saudi Arabia 430 4.4   422 4.6   440 4.5
Indonesia 428 4.2   418 4.0   439 4.5
Qatar2 425 3.5   415 3.9   436 3.4
Oman7 391 2.8   379 2.8   404 3.0
Morocco8 310 3.9   299 3.6   321 3.6
Benchmarking education systems                
Florida-USA1,4 569 2.9   577 3.3   564 2.8
Ontario-CAN2 552 2.6   558 2.6   549 2.7
Alberta-CAN2 548 2.9   552 3.0   545 2.8
Quebec-CAN 538 2.1   539 2.0   536 2.4
Andalusia-ESP 515 2.3   518 2.4   512 2.3
Dubai-UAE 476 2.0   466 2.4   488 2.4
Maltese-MLT 457 1.5   458 1.7   455 2.0
Abu Dhabi-UAE 424 4.7   414 5.0   437 4.3
1National Defined Population covers less than 90 percent of National Target Population.
2National Defined Population covers 90 percent to 95 percent of National Target Population.
3Met guidelines for sample participation rates only after replacement schools were included.
4National Target Population does not include all of the International Target Population.
5Nearly satisfied guidelines for sample participation rates after replacement schools were included.
6Exclusion rates for Azerbaijan and Georgia are slightly underestimated as some conflict zones were not covered and no official statistics were available.
7The TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center has reservations about the reliability of the average achievement score because the percentage of students with achievement too low for estimation exceeds 15 percent, though it is less than 25 percent.
8The TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center has reservations about the reliability of the average achievement score because the percentage of students with achievement too low for estimation exceeds 25 percent.
NOTE: Education systems are ordered by 2011 average score. Italics indicate participants identified and counted in this report as an education system and not as a separate country. "Education system" is defined on page 1 of source publication. Participants that did not administer PIRLS at the target grade are not shown; see the international report for their results. All Florida-USA data are based on public school students only. The Reading scale ranges from 0 to 1000. Standard error is noted by s.e.
SOURCE: Thompson, S., Provasnik, S., Kastberg, D., Ferraro, D., Lemanski, N., Roey, S., and Jenkins, F. (2012). Highlights From PIRLS 2011: Reading Achievement of U.S. Fourth-Grade Students in an International Context (NCES 2013–010), supplemental table E-1. National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.
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