In 2016, IEA and its TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center at Boston College conducted the inaugural ePIRLS assessment of online informational reading, as an extension of PIRLS. The ePIRLS 2016 International Results in Online Informational Reading includes four chapters providing numerous exhibits describing student achievement on ePIRLS compared to PIRLS overall and at the PIRLS 2016 International Benchmarks. Results also are presented in relation to students’ home and school contexts for learning to read online. The exhibits can be downloaded and printed from the Download Center.
The four chapters report on Student Achievement; Performance at the PIRLS International Benchmarks; Student Access and Experience With Digital devices; and Student Navigation Through ePIRLS.
ePIRLS, an innovative, computer-based assessment, uses an engaging, simulated Internet environment to present students with authentic school-like assignments on science and social studies topics. Try out some tasks firsthand by visiting Take the ePIRLS Assessment. An Internet browser window provides students with a website containing information about their assignments, and students navigate through pages with a variety of features, including graphics, multiple tabs, links, pop-up windows, and animation. In an assessment window, a teacher avatar guides students through the assignments, prompting the students with questions about the online information.
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