Latest releases of new datasets and data updates from different sources around the world
Our Insights blog goes deeper into hot topics and critical world issues. Looking for more? Learn about how we integrate data and expert visualization services with our intelligent tools, custom situation rooms, and enterprise data portals.Learn More
Leverage our AI Workflow Tools and online data environment to manipulate, visualize, present, and export data.
Literacy rates in the United States vary depending on how literacy is defined. Some governments label as literate any individual who can read a couple of thousand simple sight words learned in the first four grades of primary school. The United States Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook reported 99.8 percent literacy rate for the US in 2008 was based on a simple definition of literacy as individuals age 15 and over who can read and write.
The OECD and the International Association for the Evaluation of Education Achievement (IEA) - an independent cooperative of national research institutions and governmental research agencies based in the Netherlands - have developed more comprehensive approaches to the concept of literacy and educational achievement.
The United States is generally performing well among peer economies. Consistent with common perceptions of the US educational system, the US consistently ranked better in PIAAC (adults) and PISA (15-year-olds) for reading and general literacy than in the numeracy or science-based assessments. East Asian countries, particularly in the PISA science assessments, performed strongly; top-scorer China earned 580 points in 2012, nearly 100 points higher than the US. The poorer performance of the US in the PIAAC assessments as compared to the PISA assessments suggests either an erosion of skills into adulthood and/or an improvement of educational attainment in today's youth. PIRLS data provides some evidence for the latter, with fourth grade reading achievements markedly improving during the period 2000-2011.
It is important to acknowledge that these country-level statistics can easily mask the income disparities between schools and districts throughout the United States. Knoema users are encouraged to explore the OECD and IEA datasets to better understand the socioeconomic influences on education access and attainment.
In this dashboard, users can examine the key results for the United States in all three programs, PIAAC, PISA, and PIRLS.
The US economy has extensive influence on global economic dynamics. Download our US Economy Data Brief to stay up to date with easy access to the most critical data from leading sources.
Learn more >
Learn more >
Learn more >