Costa Rica: Literacy rate

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 Costa Rica

Literacy rate

 Latest value 98.04
 Year 2021
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1984 - 2021
 Average 95.74
 Min - Max 92.63 - 98.04
 Source UNESCO
For that indicator, we provide data for Costa Rica from 1984 to 2021. The average value for Costa Rica during that period was 95.74 percent with a minimum of 92.63 percent in 1984 and a maximum of 98.04 percent in 2021. The latest value from 2021 is 98.04 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2021 based on 39 countries is 91.79 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Definition: Adult literacy rate is the percentage of people ages 15 and above who can both read and write with understanding a short simple statement about their everyday life.

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 Female literacy rate, ages 15-24 99.61 2021 percent
 Male literacy rate, ages 15-24 99.46 2021 percent
 Youth literacy rate, ages 15-24 99.53 2021 percent
 Student teacher ratio, primary school 12.20 2018 students per teacher
 Primary school completion rate 99.08 2021 percent
 School starting age, primary school 6 2022 years
 Female to male ratio, primary school pupils 0.99 2021 percent
 Female to male ratio, secondary school students 1.09 2020 percent
 Female to male ratio, students at tertiary level education 1.19 2019 percent
 Preprimary school enrollment 95.24 2021 percent
 Primary school enrollment 108.85 2021 percent
 Secondary school enrollment 141.20 2021 percent
 Tertiary school enrollment 54.72 2019 percent
 Trained teachers in primary education 94.27 2020 percent
 PISA math scores 384.576 2022 index points
 PISA reading scores 415.233 2022 index points
 PISA science scores 410.987 2022 index points
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