PIRLS 2001: New Zealand's year 5 student achievement Publications
This document provides comprehensive national level information from New Zealand's participation in the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) in November 2001. As well as reporting achievement results for Year 5 students, it includes home, class, and school contextual information in both a national and international setting.
Author(s): Robyn Caygill and Megan Chamberlain, Research, Ministry of Education.
Date Published: 2004
The aim of this report is to present a descriptive summary of the findings from New Zealand's participation in the first cycle of the Progress in Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) conducted in 2001.
This report examines Year 5 student achievement in reading within a national and international context, particularly with respect to student characteristics, their home background, their classrooms, and their schools.
This report is divided into seven sections:
- Chapter 1 provides an overview of the design of PIRLS along with details of its implementation in New Zealand.
- Chapter 2 contains information on the reading achievement of Year 5 students in an international context and in relation to international benchmarks.
- Chapter 3 focuses on the background characteristics of the students, including attitudes and leisure activities, and includes some comparisons with students from other countries.
- Chapter 4 provides details of the home context of students, particularly financial and education resources, pre-school literacy activities and parental attitudes.
- Chapter 5 contains information on the classroom context for learning for Year 5 students with some information on teaching reading in Years 1 to 4.
- Chapter 6 focuses on the school context for learning including policies and practices for teaching reading along with resourcing issues and school climate.
- A brief summary of the main findings concludes this report.
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