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Japan Education Stats

Background:

Japan is famous for its technological cleverness, and its education system has long been producing graduates highly literate in the sciences. In 2000, surveys carried out by the OECD revealed Japanese 15-year-olds were world leaders in mathematical literacy (557), and 2nd in scientific literacy (550) behind South Korea. They were also 8th in reading literacy (522) behind Finland (546), Canada (534), and New Zealand (529). In general, Japanese school-goers are amongst the happiest in the world, with only 25% of students claiming they disliked school - much less than 42% of Belgian school kids.  

Definitions

  • Average IQ: Average IQ of different countries according to the controversial book "IQ and the Wealth of Nations".
  • Class size > Age 13: The average number of 13-year-old students per class.
  • 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.
  • 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 > 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 AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Average IQ 105 2002 3rd out of 51
Class size > Age 13 35.5 students 2002 1st out of 29
Educational attainment > Tertiary 34% 2000 4th out of 18
Enrolment ratio > Secondary level 101.2% 2000 1st out of 93
Literacy > Definition age 15 and over can read and write 2002
Literacy > Female 99% 2002 4th out of 33
Literacy > Male 99% 2002 5th out of 33
Literacy > Total population 99% 2002 4th out of 34
Mathematical literacy 557 2000 1st out of 27
Preschool enrollment rate 101.88 2008 78th out of 135
Reading literacy 522 2000 8th out of 27
School life expectancy > Total 14.3 years 2002 24th out of 110
Scientific literacy 550 2000 2nd out of 27
Tertiary enrollment 47.7% 2000 25th out of 96
Universities > Top 100 3 2005 10th out of 22

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

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