How Does the United States Compare to Other Countries in Common Core Reading Standards?

The United States ranks 17th in the world in overall reading standards, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ranks. The OECD's membership includes 34 countries.

The United States shares its rank in reading with several OECD member countries, such as Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France and Italy. Other countries with the same reading proficiency levels among students include the United Kingdom, Portugal, Norway, Israel and Hungary.

Common Core State Standards are unique to the United States, so gauging how the United States' Common Core State Standards reading scores compare to reading scores of other countries is difficult. Also, all states don't conform to Common Core State Standards or use curriculum and learning materials that are aligned to Common Core, which further complicates an attempt to gather consistent score data.

Common Core academic standards adhere to international benchmarks. Several researchers and studies have both supported and challenged this idea, which Common Core State Standards Initiative explains on its website,, under Myths vs. Facts.

Math, not reading, remains the subject with the greatest disparity between the United States and other countries. While the United States' Common Core Standards in math are similar to those in Singapore, students in Singapore still tend to achieve a higher level of proficiency more quickly than students in the United States.