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Education > Literacy Stats: compare key data on United Kingdom & 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 United Kingdom United States HISTORY
Adults at high literacy level 19.1%
Ranked 8th. 1% more than United States
19%
Ranked 9th.
Adults at low literacy level 50.4%
Ranked 6th. 2% more than United States
49.6%
Ranked 7th.
Adults at moderate literacy level 30.5%
Ranked 14th.
31.4%
Ranked 13th. 3% more than United Kingdom
Adults with at least moderate literacy 49.6%
Ranked 12th.
50.4%
Ranked 11th. 2% more than United Kingdom
Definition age 15 and over has completed five or more years of schooling age 15 and over can read and write
Female 99%
Ranked 21st. The same as United States
99%
Ranked 17th.

Male 99%
Ranked 31st. The same as United States
99%
Ranked 28th.

Reading performance > Access and retrieve 491
Ranked 27th.
492
Ranked 25th. About the same as United Kingdom
Reading performance > Continuous texts 492
Ranked 24th.
500
Ranked 13th. 2% more than United Kingdom
Reading performance > Integrate and interpret 491
Ranked 24th.
495
Ranked 20th. 1% more than United Kingdom
Reading performance > Non-continuous texts 506
Ranked 11th. 1% more than United States
503
Ranked 14th.
Reading performance > Overall 494
Ranked 23th.
500
Ranked 15th. 1% more than United Kingdom
Reading performance > Overall reading skills 494
Ranked 23th.
500
Ranked 15th. 1% more than United Kingdom
Reading performance > Reflect and evaluate 503
Ranked 12th.
512
Ranked 8th. 2% more than United Kingdom
Total population 99%
Ranked 23th. The same as United States
99%
Ranked 20th.

Adults with at least moderate literacy > Female 44.6%
Ranked 16th.
53.6%
Ranked 1st. 20% more than United Kingdom
Adults with at least moderate literacy > Male 55.4%
Ranked 2nd. 19% more than United States
46.4%
Ranked 17th.

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