In 2016, IEA and its TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center at Boston College conducted the fourth assessment in the PIRLS series. The PIRLS 2016 International Results in Reading includes chapters or sections providing overviews in the form of infographics and numerous exhibits describing student achievement distributions, performance at the PIRLS International Benchmarks, achievement trends over time, and achievement in relation to students’ home, school, and classroom educational contexts for learning to read. The exhibits can be downloaded and printed from the Download Center.
PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) was inaugurated in 2001 as a follow-up to IEA’s 1991 Reading Literacy Study. Conducted every five years, PIRLS assesses the reading achievement of young students in their fourth year of schooling—an important transition point in their development as readers. Typically, by this time in their schooling, students have learned how to read and are now reading to learn. PIRLS is designed to complement IEA’s TIMSS assessment of mathematics and science at the fourth grade.
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