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

Definitions

  • Adults at high literacy level: Percentage of adults whose level of document literacy is rated 'high'. Data for 1998.
  • Adults at low literacy level: Percentage of adults whose level of document literacy is rated 'low'. Data for 1998
  • Adults at moderate literacy level: Percentage of adults whose level of document literacy is rated 'moderate'. Data for 1998.
  • Adults with at least moderate literacy: Percentage of adult females who have at least a moderate level of literacy, in selected OECD countries. Data for 1998.
  • 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.
  • Adults with at least moderate literacy > Female: Percentage of adult females who have at least a moderate level of literacy, in selected OECD countries. Data for 1998.
  • Adults with at least moderate literacy > Male: Percentage of adult males who have at least a moderate level of literacy, in selected OECD countries. Data for 1998.
STAT Portugal United States HISTORY
Adults at high literacy level 3.2%
Ranked 17th.
19%
Ranked 9th. 6 times more than Portugal
Adults at low literacy level 80.1%
Ranked 1st. 61% more than United States
49.6%
Ranked 7th.
Adults at moderate literacy level 16.6%
Ranked 17th.
31.4%
Ranked 13th. 89% more than Portugal
Adults with at least moderate literacy 19.9%
Ranked 17th.
50.4%
Ranked 11th. 3 times more than Portugal
Definition age 15 and over can read and write age 15 and over can read and write
Female 91.3%
Ranked 69th.
99%
Ranked 17th. 8% more than Portugal

Male 95.5%
Ranked 62nd.
99%
Ranked 28th. 4% more than Portugal

Reading performance > Access and retrieve 488
Ranked 29th.
492
Ranked 25th. 1% more than Portugal
Reading performance > Continuous texts 492
Ranked 25th.
500
Ranked 13th. 2% more than Portugal
Reading performance > Integrate and interpret 487
Ranked 29th.
495
Ranked 20th. 2% more than Portugal
Reading performance > Non-continuous texts 488
Ranked 24th.
503
Ranked 14th. 3% more than Portugal
Reading performance > Overall 489
Ranked 25th.
500
Ranked 15th. 2% more than Portugal
Reading performance > Overall reading skills 489
Ranked 25th.
500
Ranked 15th. 2% more than Portugal
Reading performance > Reflect and evaluate 496
Ranked 20th.
512
Ranked 8th. 3% more than Portugal
Total population 93.3%
Ranked 67th.
99%
Ranked 20th. 6% more than Portugal

Adults with at least moderate literacy > Female 44.3%
Ranked 17th.
53.6%
Ranked 1st. 21% more than Portugal
Adults with at least moderate literacy > Male 55.7%
Ranked 1st. 20% more than United States
46.4%
Ranked 17th.

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