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Education > Literacy Stats: compare key data on France & United States

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reading performance > Access and retrieve: Access and retrieve.

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  • Reading performance > Continuous texts: Continuous texts.

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  • Reading performance > Integrate and interpret: Integrate and interpret.

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  • Reading performance > Non-continuous texts: Non-continuous texts.

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  • Reading performance > Overall: Overall.

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  • Reading performance > Overall reading skills: Overall.

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  • Reading performance > Reflect and evaluate: Reflect and evaluate.

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  • 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.
STAT France United States HISTORY
Definition age 15 and over can read and write age 15 and over can read and write
Female 99%
Ranked 26th. The same as United States
99%
Ranked 17th.

Male 99%
Ranked 36th. The same as United States
99%
Ranked 28th.

Reading performance > Access and retrieve 492
Ranked 23th. The same as United States
492
Ranked 25th.
Reading performance > Continuous texts 492
Ranked 23th.
500
Ranked 13th. 2% more than France
Reading performance > Integrate and interpret 497
Ranked 18th. About the same as United States
495
Ranked 20th.
Reading performance > Non-continuous texts 498
Ranked 18th.
503
Ranked 14th. 1% more than France
Reading performance > Overall 496
Ranked 19th.
500
Ranked 15th. 1% more than France
Reading performance > Overall reading skills 496
Ranked 19th.
500
Ranked 15th. 1% more than France
Reading performance > Reflect and evaluate 495
Ranked 21st.
512
Ranked 8th. 3% more than France
Total population 99%
Ranked 27th. The same as United States
99%
Ranked 20th.

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