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At a glance: How Pirls ranks 10-year-olds around the world in reading

Pirls rankings puts Russia in top position, with England making the top 10 for the first time

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Pirls rankings puts Russia in top position, with England making the top 10 for the first time

Russia’s 10-year-olds are the best in the world at reading, according to a new international league table published today.

The 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (Pirls) shows that England came 10th out of 50 countries, but there are only seven countries which had statistically significant higher scores - meaning that England could be considered as joint 8th.

In 2011, England was ranked 11th out of 45 countries.

Other high performers included Singapore, Hong Kong and Ireland.

The study, which is run by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) in Amsterdam, and Boston College, USA, tested more than 319,000 students in 50 countries.

The findings are shown below:

Ranking 2016 (Ranking 2011) Country Average scale score 1 (2) Russia 581 2 (4) Singapore 576 3 (1) Hong Kong 569 4 (10) Ireland 567 5 (3) Finland 566 6 (28) Poland 565 7 (5) Northern Ireland 565 8 (31) Norway 559 9 (9) Taiwan 559 10 (11) England 559 11 (-) Latvia 558 12 (15) Sweden 555 13 (20) Hungary 554 14 (22) Bulgaria 552 15 (6) US 549 16 (16) Lithuania 548 17 (16) Italy 548 18 (7) Denmark 547 19 (-) Macao 546 20 (13) Netherlands 545

Source: Pirls 2016

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