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Table D.2.09. IEA: Percentage distribution and average achievement scores of fourth-grade students as reported in PIRLS, by parents' reports of the number of books in the home and country: 2006

  More than 100 books   51-100 books   26-50 books   11-25 books   0-10 books
  Percent of students   Average achievement   Percent of students   Average achievement   Percent of students   Average achievement   Percent of students   Average achievement   Percent of students   Average achievement
Countries Percent s.e.   Score s.e.   Percent s.e.   Score s.e.   Percent s.e.   Score s.e.   Percent s.e.   Score s.e.   Percent s.e.   Score s.e.
International average 13 0.1   553 1.0   19 0.1   532 0.9   25 0.1   510 0.8   21 0.1   489 0.7   22 0.2   462 1.0
                                                           
Austria 14 0.8   579 2.8   24 0.8   561 2.9   34 0.7   537 2.2   19 0.9   516 2.6   9 0.6   489 4.4
Belgium (Flemish) 15 0.8   571 2.8   24 0.9   559 2.5   32 0.7   550 2.6   21 0.8   534 3.0   9 0.6   513 4.0
Belgium (French) 20 1.3   536 3.1   26 1.0   518 2.7   27 0.9   498 2.9   17 0.9   469 3.7   10 1.0   453 6.0
Bulgaria 5 0.5   606 5.6   11 0.8   590 6.0   24 1.3   571 3.9   25 1.0   549 4.5   34 2.3   514 7.2
Canada, Alberta1 39 1.4   578 3.0   29 1.1   566 2.8   21 1.0   556 3.3   8 0.8   534 6.1   3 0.5   525 9.4
                                                           
Canada, British Columbia1 36 1.5   582 3.2   29 1.0   562 3.5   22 1.0   549 4.1   9 0.9   543 5.5   4 0.6   524 7.4
Canada, Nova Scotia 42 1.0   561 2.6   32 0.8   546 2.8   19 0.8   524 3.1   5 0.4   511 6.5   1 0.2  
Canada, Ontario 30 1.5   577 3.7   29 0.9   559 3.5   25 1.2   549 3.0   11 1.0   538 5.4   5 0.7   519 8.7
Canada, Quebec 17 1.0   561 3.9   28 1.1   544 3.5   31 0.9   529 3.9   18 1.1   522 3.7   7 0.7   504 4.3
Chinese Taipei 21 0.9   566 2.7   18 0.7   550 2.9   23 0.7   537 2.6   20 0.7   521 2.6   17 0.7   503 3.5
                                                           
Denmark 25 0.9   568 3.7   32 1.1   552 2.6   26 0.8   540 3.3   11 0.7   531 4.7   6 0.6   514 6.3
England                  
France 19 1.0   560 2.6   28 0.9   538 2.7   28 0.8   518 2.4   17 0.8   497 3.4   8 0.7   468 4.1
Georgia 4 0.4   510 6.6   8 0.6   500 4.9   21 1.1   489 3.9   35 1.1   474 4.0   33 1.6   448 4.8
Germany 19 1.1   587 2.5   28 1.0   567 3.3   31 1.0   547 2.1   16 0.7   519 3.6   6 0.5   487 4.7
                                                           
Hong Kong SAR2 9 0.8   582 3.3   13 0.8   579 3.3   25 0.9   570 2.4   26 0.8   561 2.7   26 1.2   551 3.7
Hungary 15 0.8   596 3.6   24 1.1   578 3.3   31 1.2   550 3.0   19 0.9   529 3.2   11 1.3   488 5.5
Iceland1 28 0.7   537 2.3   41 0.8   517 2.1   26 0.8   501 2.9   5 0.4   481 5.9   1 0.1  
Indonesia 1 0.2     1 0.2     6 0.6   430 7.6   23 1.4   410 7.1   69 1.6   401 4.0
Iran, Islamic Rep. of 2 0.2     4 0.4   507 6.8   11 0.7   476 5.0   21 0.9   444 3.6   62 1.6   398 3.4
                                                           
Israel3 13 1.0   571 6.5   22 1.1   559 4.3   29 1.2   536 4.0   20 1.0   502 5.7   16 1.3   467 8.3
Italy 5 0.4   593 4.9   15 0.7   574 4.1   29 0.8   562 3.1   29 1.0   541 3.6   22 0.9   534 5.7
Kuwait1 2 0.3     3 0.4   369 12.6   15 0.8   370 6.8   27 0.8   353 5.5   53 1.2   318 5.8
Latvia 13 0.8   571 3.5   21 0.8   559 3.4   31 0.9   544 2.9   24 0.9   527 3.1   11 0.8   501 5.0
Lithuania 5 0.4   570 3.8   14 0.7   564 3.4   28 0.8   546 2.1   33 0.8   532 1.6   21 1.0   510 2.8
                                                           
Luxembourg 20 0.5   601 2.0   24 0.6   576 1.9   25 0.6   556 2.3   19 0.5   531 2.3   11 0.4   506 2.7
Macedonia, Rep. of 4 0.4   464 10.9   9 0.6   472 7.7   27 1.0   478 5.1   31 0.9   444 4.4   28 1.3   406 5.1
Moldova, Rep. of 2 0.3     5 0.6   529 8.4   16 1.0   523 4.4   29 1.1   505 3.4   47 1.6   486 4.0
Morocco 1 0.2     1 0.2     6 0.6   368 13.3   16 1.0   349 9.5   76 1.2   315 6.7
Netherlands3 17 1.1   577 3.7   29 1.2   563 2.2   31 1.1   552 2.0   17 1.0   542 2.9   6 0.7   517 7.2
                                                           
New Zealand3 36 1.0   575 3.1   29 1.0   550 3.1   23 0.8   527 3.8   8 0.6   517 4.9   4 0.4   489 7.3
Norway 29 1.0   518 3.4   36 1.0   505 3.0   24 0.9   491 3.1   8 0.5   465 6.8   2 0.3  
Poland 6 0.5   570 6.3   16 0.6   546 3.5   35 0.8   526 3.2   30 0.8   506 3.0   12 0.8   481 5.3
Qatar1 5 0.3   387 6.5   8 0.4   376 5.9   18 0.5   372 3.9   26 0.7   365 2.9   43 0.7   340 2.2
Romania 3 0.3   559 9.0   9 0.7   548 5.9   20 1.2   531 4.4   27 1.1   504 3.4   41 2.1   445 7.8
                                                           
Russian Federation 11 0.8   596 4.1   19 0.8   584 4.1   32 1.1   572 3.3   26 0.9   549 4.2   12 0.8   522 5.6
Scotland3 32 1.4   573 5.2   29 1.2   548 5.5   26 1.0   520 4.5   10 0.8   510 5.7   3 0.5   468 13.7
Singapore 19 0.6   597 3.5   23 0.5   574 3.2   32 0.6   555 3.0   17 0.5   537 4.0   9 0.5   499 5.5
Slovak Republic 5 0.3   581 4.0   18 0.8   567 3.5   37 1.0   543 2.3   26 1.0   522 3.1   14 1.1   460 7.1
Slovenia 9 0.6   567 3.7   19 0.8   548 2.4   35 0.8   525 2.5   26 0.8   505 2.7   11 0.7   480 4.3
                                                           
South Africa1 4 0.3   367 19.2   6 0.5   360 16.4   13 0.6   344 12.3   23 0.5   305 6.0   54 1.1   286 4.2
Spain3 12 1.1   557 4.4   23 1.0   540 3.8   32 1.1   521 3.2   22 1.0   501 3.8   11 1.1   476 5.9
Sweden 28 1.1   572 3.0   32 0.9   553 2.3   25 0.8   544 3.2   11 0.8   529 3.8   4 0.6   506 7.1
Trinidad and Tobago 9 0.7   489 10.5   18 0.8   466 6.7   29 0.9   448 5.6   27 1.0   425 5.9   17 1.0   392 7.7
United States                  
† Not applicable.
‡ Reporting standards not met. Data are insufficient.
1 Data are available for at least 70 but less than 85 percent of students.
2 Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China.
3 Data are available for at least 50 but less than 70 percent of students.
NOTE: Background data provided by parents. The international average does not include the Canadian provinces. Standard error is noted by s.e.
SOURCE: Data from the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), 2006. Mullis, I.V.S., Martin, M.O., Kennedy, A.M., and Foy, P. (2007). PIRLS 2006 International Report, exhibit 3.3. Chestnut Hill, MA: Boston College.

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