Average Reading Scores of 15-Year-Olds in Selected Countries, 2003

Country Score Rank
Finland 543 1
Korea 534 2
Canada 528 3
Australia 525 4
New Zealand 522 5
Ireland 515 6
Sweden 514 7
Netherlands 513 8
Belgium 507 9
Norway 500 10
Switzerland 499 11
Japan 498 12
Poland 497 13
France 496 14
United States 495 15
Denmark 492 16
Iceland 492
Austria 491 17
Germany 491
Czech Republic 489 18
Hungary 482 19
Spain 481 20
Luxembourg 479 21
Italy 476 22
Portugal 478
Greece 472 23
Slovak Republic 469 24
Turkey 441 25
Mexico 400 26
Source: National Endowment for the Arts, To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence, November 2007.

Information Please® Database, © 2008 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

Weekly Average Hours and/or Minutes Spent on Various Activities by American Children Trends in Reading and Publishing
Average Reading Scores of 15-Year-Olds in Selected Countries, 2003

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

Healthy Smile Checklist for Kids
Have better dental check-ups with this free printable checklist that helps keep your child flossing, brushing, and smiling! Brought to you by Philips Sonicare.

Kindergarten Readiness App
It's kindergarten registration time! Use this interactive kindergarten readiness checklist, complete with fun games and activities, to practice the essential skills your child needs for this next big step. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

8 Easter Egg Decorating Ideas
Need some fun ideas for decorating Easter eggs with the kids? Look no further for colorful and cool designs!

7 Ways to Curb Kids' Exposure to Violence
American children are exposed to violence more often than you might think. Learn how to limit your child's exposure to violence and manage the mental health and behavioral effects it can cause.