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Iran Education Stats

Background:

In recent decades, the Iranian government has made concerted efforts to improve the national education system. For that reason, Iran's public spending on education has consistently been amongst the top 20, with 22.85% of government spending in 2005 the 9th highest rate globally. The result has been a dramatic reduction in the number of children out of school, falling from 1.7 million in 2000 to just 306,852 five years later. The literacy rate amongst adults, meanwhile, have also increased, growing from 63.16% in 1990 to 77% in 2006.

Definitions

  • Average IQ: Average IQ of different countries according to the controversial book "IQ and the Wealth of Nations".
  • Class size > Age 9: The average number of children in every class of nine-year-olds.
  • 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.
  • Primary education > Pupils: Primary education pupils is the total number of pupils enrolled at primary level in public and private schools.
  • Progression to secondary school: Progression to secondary school refers to the number of new entrants to the first grade of secondary school in a given year as a percentage of the number of students enrolled in the final grade of primary school in the previous year.
  • Pupil-teacher ratio > Primary: Primary school pupil-teacher ratio is the number of pupils enrolled in primary school divided by the number of primary school teachers (regardless of their teaching assignment).
  • School life expectancy > Female: 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 > 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.
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Average IQ 84 2002 35th out of 51
Class size > Age 9 31.9 students 2002 2nd out of 17
Education enrolment ratio > Net > Primary level > Women 100% 2005 1st out of 132
Library books 411,000 1995 11th out of 18
Library members 13,217 1995 7th out of 14
Literacy > Definition age 15 and over can read and write 2003
Literacy > Female 73% 2003 108th out of 157
Literacy > Male 85.6% 2003 100th out of 157
Literacy > Total population 79.4% 2003 110th out of 161
Primary education > Pupils 7.31 million 2005 6th out of 106
Progression to secondary school 90.26% 2004 32nd out of 78
Pupil-teacher ratio > Primary 19.22 2005 68th out of 94
School life expectancy > Female 10.5 years 2002 63th out of 96
School life expectancy > Male 12 years 2002 42nd out of 97
School life expectancy > Total 11.3 years 2002 58th out of 110

SOURCES: Lynn, R. and Vanhanen, T. (2002). IQ and the Wealth of Nations. Westport, CT: Praeger. ISBN 0-275-97510-X; "Efficiency and Equity in Schools around the World" by Eric A. Hanushek and Javier A. Luque, April 2002; Source: UNESCO UIS Data | UNESCO Institute for Statistics; UNESCO Institute for Statistics; CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; World Development Indicators database

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