PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study)

The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is an educational research study on children’s reading literacy achievement conducted in countries around the world.

PIRLS Cycles, Information, Publications and International Data

Please consider the environment before printing the contents of this report. For each individual five year cycle of PIRLS and publications based on the national results from PIRLS please refer to the 'Related Pages' inset box. For links to international publications, data and information on the Boston College and IEA websites please refer to the 'Where to find out More' inset box.

Description

Key Facts : PIRLS

When:      Five-yearly assessment since 2001.

Who:        Year 5 students.

What:       Reading Literacy.

How:        Conducted under the auspices of the IEA; managed internationally by Boston College; and managed within New Zealand by the 
                  Ministry of Education.

Where:    35 countries in 2001, 40 (and 5 benchmarking participants), in 2005/06, 49 (with 9 benchmarking participants) in 2010/11.


The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is an educational research study on children's reading literacy achievement conducted in countries around the world. The first study was conducted in 35 countries during 2001. Now administered every five years, the study is designed to measure trends in the achievement of middle primary school students as well as providing countries with a snapshot of achievement at each cycle. The study involves New Zealand's Year 5 students.

As well as assessing students, PIRLS also collects background information from the students, their parents/caregivers, their reading teachers, and from the principals of the schools at which they attend.

The third cycle of PIRLS–PIRLS 2010/11—was conducted in New Zealand and other Southern Hemisphere countries in late 2010. Northern Hemisphere countries conducted it in early 2011. Just over 50 countries and education systems around the world participated. The international results were released in December 2012.

PIRLS is conducted under the auspices of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), which is an independent international co-operative of national research institutions and government agencies. The Ministry of Education's Comparative Education Research Unit manages the implementation of international studies, including PIRLS, in New Zealand.

Related Pages

Where to find out more

Contact Us

PIRLS
For queries about the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) please contact:

Megan Chamberlain
PIRLS National Research Co-ordinator
Research Division
Ministry of Education
P O Box 1666
Wellington 6140

Phone:  +64 4 463 8295
Fax:       +64 4 463 8312
Email:    PIRLS Mailbox