PIRLS 2016 International Database
The PIRLS 2016 International Database is available for individuals interested in the data collected and analyzed as part of PIRLS 2016. The aim is to support and promote the use of these data by researchers, analysts, and others interested in improving education.
For the PIRLS 2016 assessment, the database includes student reading achievement data as well as the student, parent, teacher, school, and curricular background data for 50 countries and 11 benchmarking entities. The ePIRLS 2016 International Database includes data from the ePIRLS 2016 assessment, with the participation of 14 countries and 2 benchmarking entities. The student, parent, teacher, and school data files are in SAS and SPSS formats.
The entire database and its supporting documents are described in the PIRLS 2016 User Guide (Foy, 2018) and its three supplements. The data can be analyzed using the downloadable IEA IDB Analyzer (version 4.0), an application developed by IEA Hamburg to facilitate the analysis of the PIRLS data.
A public use version of the database is available for download using the links below. A restricted use version of the PIRLS 2016 International Database is available to users who require access to variables removed from the public use version (see Chapter 4 of the User Guide). Users who require access to the restricted use version of the International Database to conduct their analyses should contact the IEA (RandA@iea-hamburg.de).
Some contents of the PIRLS 2016 International Database are available in Portable Document Format (PDF). If needed, download Adobe Reader© to read and print these materials.
PIRLS 2016 International Database Downloads
TIMSS and PIRLS are registered trademarks of IEA. Use of these trademarks without permission of IEA by others may constitute trademark infringement. Furthermore, the website and its contents, together with all online and/or printed publications and restricted use items by TIMSS, PIRLS, and IEA are and will remain the copyright of IEA.
All publications and restricted use items by TIMSS, PIRLS, and IEA, as well as translations thereof, are for non-commercial, educational, and research purposes only. Prior notice is required when using IEA data sources for assessments or learning materials. IEA reserves the right to refuse copy deemed inappropriate or not properly sourced.
Exploitation, distribution, redistribution, reproduction and/or transmitting in any form or by any means, including electronic or mechanical methods such as photocopying, information storage and retrieval system of these publications, restricted use items, translations thereof and/or part thereof are prohibited unless written permission has been provided by IEA.
When quoting and/or citing from one or more publications and/or restricted use items from TIMSS, PIRLS, and IEA for the sake of educational or research purposes, please print an acknowledgment of the source, including the year and name of that publication and/or restricted use item. Please use the following acknowledgment as an example:
SOURCE: PIRLS 2016 Assessment Frameworks. Copyright © 2015 International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). Publisher: TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center, Lynch School of Education, Boston College.
Please note that citing without naming the source can or will constitute plagiarism for which you can and will be held accountable. To request permission to reuse, reproduce, or translate IEA material, please fill out the permission request form »
Please note that the website and its contents, together with all online and/or printed publications and restricted use items (‘works’) by TIMSS, PIRLS, and IEA, were created with the utmost care. However, the correctness of the information cannot be guaranteed at all times and IEA cannot and will not be held responsible or liable for any damages that may arise from the use of these resources, nor will IEA be liable for the wrongful use and/or interpretation of its works.
Please be advised that IEA cannot authorize the use of texts or items that include third- party copyrighted materials (e.g., reading passages, photographs, images). Users of any third-party copyrighted materials must first seek and be granted copyright permission from the owner of the content as indicated in the copyright citation line.