This is an international assessment of 15-year-olds’ ability to apply learning to real-life situations, which started in 2000. 72 countries were involved in the 2015 study, with 14530 Australian students participating.
A full report on Australia’s 2015 performance is here.
39% of Australian students did not achieve the National Proficient Standard in reading literacy.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has been involved in surveying adult literacy since 1996. The most recent survey found that 44% of adults lack the basic literacy skills required to cope with the complex demands of modern life. This means almost half on this country’s population can’t read at the level our society expects of them.
Australia ranked 39 out of 41 middle income countries.