World’s Most Literate Nations
Date posted: March 10, 2016
A newly released study, World Literacy: How countries rank and why it matters, takes a new approach to examining literacy. In addition to considering PIRLS and PISA scores, it also looks at literate behaviours and supporting resources, organizing them into five categories: libraries, newspapers, education inputs and outputs, and computer availability. Population is used to establish per capita ratios. It then ranks 61 countries according to these indicators.
Taking literate behaviours as well as test scores into account changes how countries compare to each other.
“The Pacific Rim countries, Singapore, South Korea, Japan and China, would top the list if test performance were the only measure. Finland would be the only non-Pacific Rim country to rank high. When factors such as library size and accessibility are added in, the Pacific Rim nations drop dramatically.”
In this study, Finland is the world’s most literate nation. To see how Canada ranks and view more details about this study, visit the WMLN webpage.