Representatives of participating PIRLS countries and benchmarking participants convened in Hong Kong SAR from late February to early March. They trained together in scoring the PIRLS 2016 and ePIRLS 2016 assessments, which are now being conducted around the world.
Hong Kong SAR has been a success story in reading achievement — following a modest performance in PIRLS 2001, it shot to the top in PIRLS 2006 and stayed there in PIRLS 2011. Dr. Shek Kam Tse of the University of Hong Kong reflected on Hong Kong's path to success and looked ahead to PIRLS 2016.
Representatives from more than 60 participating countries and benchmarking participants met in Lisbon, Portugal. Together, they reviewed exhibits for the TIMSS 2015 and TIMSS Advanced 2015 International Reports and Encyclopedia, and were introduced to eTIMSS and LaNA, IEA's Literacy and Numeracy Assessment.
In a nation that prizes its tradition of learning, educators have seen student achievement rise in recent years but continue to evaluate and seek ways to improve. Dr. João Marôco, of the Instituto de Avaliação Educativa, I.P., shared thoughts on what Portugal has learned from previous assessments, and what his country hopes to learn from TIMSS and PIRLS for 2015 and 2016.