PIRLS 2001: Processes of reading comprehension: A summary of the results Publications
The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) examines three aspects of reading literacy: processes of comprehension, purposes for reading, and reading literacy behaviours and attitudes of middle primary students. The lead research team at Boston College undertook a research study in order to report achievement for the processes of reading comprehension. This summary presents an overview of the findings from their work with a focus on the New Zealand results.
Author(s): Comparative Education Research Unit, Ministry of Education
Date Published: September 2005
- New Zealand students' performance in PIRLS was relatively better on questions that required interpreting, integrating, and evaluating processes than on questions that required retrieval and straightforward inferencing processes.
- Year 5 students' average performance in retrieval and straightforward inferencing processes was about the same as students from seven countries including Singapore, Scotland, and Greece. Students from 12 countries that included Sweden, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, and England typically performed at a higher level than New Zealand's Year 5 students.
- Year 5 students' average performance for interpreting, integrating, and evaluating processes was about the same as students from eight countries including Italy and Germany. Students from nine countries including those noted above, as well as Canada (Ontario, Quebec) and the United States, generally performed at a higher level than New Zealand's Year 5 students.
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