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Education > Literacy Stats: compare key data on Italy & 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.

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Reading performance > Continuous texts: Continuous texts.

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

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

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

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Reading performance > Overall: Overall.

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Reading performance > Overall reading skills: Overall.

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

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

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • 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 Italy United States HISTORY
Definition age 15 and over can read and write age 15 and over can read and write
Female 98.3%
Ranked 33th.
99%
Ranked 17th. 1% more than Italy

Male 99%
Ranked 32nd. The same as United States
99%
Ranked 28th.

Reading performance > Access and retrieve 482
Ranked 30th.
492
Ranked 25th. 2% more than Italy
Reading performance > Continuous texts 489
Ranked 26th.
500
Ranked 13th. 2% more than Italy
Reading performance > Integrate and interpret 490
Ranked 25th.
495
Ranked 20th. 1% more than Italy
Reading performance > Non-continuous texts 476
Ranked 29th.
503
Ranked 14th. 6% more than Italy
Reading performance > Overall 486
Ranked 27th.
500
Ranked 15th. 3% more than Italy
Reading performance > Overall reading skills 486
Ranked 27th.
500
Ranked 15th. 3% more than Italy
Reading performance > Reflect and evaluate 482
Ranked 30th.
512
Ranked 8th. 6% more than Italy
Total population 98.6%
Ranked 36th.
99%
Ranked 20th. About the same as Italy

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