About PIRLS 2021

Reading student

In 2021, IEA’s PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study), well-established as the “de facto” worldwide standard for monitoring reading comprehension achievement, will mark its 20th year. PIRLS 2021 will provide data on trends in comparative reading achievement across countries over two decades. Since 2001, PIRLS has been conducted every five years at the fourth grade. ePIRLS, an innovative assessment of online informational reading, was introduced in 2016 as an optional component.

Reading literacy is the foundation for academic success, and PIRLS is a valuable vehicle for studying whether new or revised policies impact achievement. The PIRLS reading assessment is based on a comprehensive framework that covers major reading purposes — for literary experience, to acquire and use information, and to search for information on the internet.

PIRLS 2021: Transitioning to Digitally Based Assessment

PIRLS 2021 will offer the PIRLS assessment of literary and informational reading in a digital format, presenting reading passages and items as an engaging and visually attractive experience that will motivate students and increase operational efficiency.

Students on computers

Having PIRLS in an electronic environment enables joining it with the ePIRLS assessment of online informational reading. With PIRLS all electronic, countries can administer the full PIRLS reading assessment — PIRLS Literary and Informational as well as the ePIRLS Online Informational — as one seamless, digitally based endeavor. It is also possible for countries to administer the paper-based version of the PIRLS assessment of literary and informational reading.

As in previous cycles, PIRLS 2021 will collect and report an extensive array of policy relevant information about students' home and school experiences in learning to read:

  • Home questionnaire
  • Student, teacher, and school questionnaires
  • PIRLS 2021 Encyclopedia: Education Policy and Curriculum in Reading

PIRLS 2021 Schedule

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