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

5th December 2017 at 09:04
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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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