Average PISA Reading Scores by selected OECD countries, 2015

PISA - Reading (2018)

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Scotland’s average reading score was very similar to the OECD average in 2015.  Finland had the highest average reading score of the selected OECD countries in 2015.

Average PISA Reading Scores by selected OECD countries, 2003-2015

PISA - Reading Trend (2018)

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Scotland’s average PISA reading score declined from 2000 to 2006, increased slightly between 2006 and 2012 and then declined again in 2015. Germany’s reading score increased dramatically from the lowest of all the selected OECD countries in 2000 to the highest in 2012.  Norway had the highest score of the selected countries in 2015.


The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an assessment of 15 year-olds’ skills carried out under the auspices of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The programme runs every three years across all OECD members and a variety of partner countries. Scotland has participated since the first wave of testing in 2000.

Around 510,000 students participated in the study worldwide. This includes the 34 member states of the OECD and 31 “partner countries and economies”.

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