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Country vs country: United Kingdom and United States compared: Education

Definitions

  • Educational attainment > Tertiary: Percentage of adult population (aged 25-64) educated till tertiary level (year 2000).
  • Enrolment ratio > Secondary level: Net enrolment ratio, secondary level, is the ratio of the number of children of official secondary school age enrolled in school to the number of children of official secondary school age in the population.
  • High school > Gender ratio: Ratio of female to male secondary enrollment is the percentage of girls to boys enrolled at secondary level in public and private schools.
  • Literacy > Definition: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of our source. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons.
  • Literacy > Female: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of our source. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons.
  • Literacy > Male: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of our source. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons.
  • Literacy > Total population: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of our source. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons.
  • Mathematical literacy: Mathematical literacy mean value of performance scale 15 years old 2000
  • Preschool enrollment rate: Gross enrollment ratio is the ratio of total enrollment, regardless of age, to the population of the age group that officially corresponds to the level of education shown. Primary education provides children with basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills along with an elementary understanding of such subjects as history, geography, natural science, social science, art, and music."
  • Reading literacy: Reading literacy mean value of performance scale (15 years old, 2000)
  • School life expectancy > Male: School life expectancy and transition from primary to secondary for school years 1998/99 and 1999/00, published in http://www.uis.unesco.org accessed on Sept. 2002 and Women's Indicators and Statistics Database (Wistat), Version 4, CD-ROM (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.00.XVII.4) based on data provided by UNESCO in 1999.
  • School life expectancy > Total: School life expectancy and transition from primary to secondary for school years 1998/99 and 1999/00, published in http://www.uis.unesco.org accessed on Sept. 2002 and Women's Indicators and Statistics Database (Wistat), Version 4, CD-ROM (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.00.XVII.4) based on data provided by UNESCO in 1999.
  • Scientific literacy: Scientific literacy mean value of performance scale 15 years old (2000)
  • Tertiary enrollment: Gross enrolment ratio, tertiary level is the sum of all tertiary level students enrolled at the start of the school year, expressed as a percentage of the mid-year population in the 5 year age group after the official secondary school leaving age.
  • Universities > Top 100: Number of universities in the top 100
STAT United Kingdom United States HISTORY
Educational attainment > Tertiary 26%
Ranked 12th.
37%
Ranked 2nd. 42% more than United Kingdom

Enrolment ratio > Secondary level 93.7%
Ranked 5th. 6% more than United States
88.1%
Ranked 17th.

High school > Gender ratio 102.39
Ranked 44th. 3% more than United States
99.5
Ranked 59th.

Literacy > Definition age 15 and over has completed five or more years of schooling age 15 and over can read and write

Literacy > Female 99%
Ranked 21st. The same as United States
99%
Ranked 17th.

Literacy > Male 99%
Ranked 31st. The same as United States
99%
Ranked 28th.

Literacy > Total population 99%
Ranked 23th. The same as United States
99%
Ranked 20th.

Mathematical literacy 529
Ranked 7th. 7% more than United States
493
Ranked 18th.

Preschool enrollment rate 106.43
Ranked 57th. 8% more than United States
98.77
Ranked 94th.

Reading literacy 523
Ranked 7th. 4% more than United States
504
Ranked 15th.

School life expectancy > Male 16 years
Ranked 4th. 8% more than United States
14.8 years
Ranked 17th.

School life expectancy > Total 16.4 years
Ranked 4th. 8% more than United States
15.2 years
Ranked 14th.

Scientific literacy 532
Ranked 4th. 7% more than United States
499
Ranked 14th.

Tertiary enrollment 59.5%
Ranked 9th.
72.6%
Ranked 1st. 22% more than United Kingdom

Universities > Top 100 13
Ranked 2nd.
31
Ranked 1st. 2 times more than United Kingdom

SOURCES: OECD Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators 2003; UNESCO; United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics.; CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; OECD; UNESCO Institute for Statistics; The Times, 2005

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