School Safety

Student Bullying

Exhibit 7.3 summarizes students’ responses about how often they were bullied in school. On average across the PIRLS 2016 countries, the majority of fourth grade students (57%) reported Almost Never being bullied. However, 29 percent reported they were bullied on a Monthly basis, and 14 percent on a Weekly basis. There were a number of countries where 20 percent or more of the students reported being bullied weekly. Fourth grade students’ reports about being bullied were directly related to their average reading achievement, with each successive category of increased bullying being related to a decrease in average reading achievement (521 average for Almost Never, 507 for Monthly, and 482 for Weekly—for a decrease of 39 points overall).


Student Bullying Table

About the Scale

Student Bullying Scale