PIRLS 2005/06 in New Zealand: An overview of national findings

From the second cycle of Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 2005/06 (PIRLS)

Publication Details

This document provides an overview of the national-level results from New Zealand's participation in the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 2005/2006. This report focuses on the reading literacy achievement of Year 5 students by their ethnicity, and their home and school context. PIRLS-2005/2006 was administered in New Zealand in November 2005.

Author(s): Megan Chamberlain, Research Division, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: October 2008


This report is the second of two reports which describe the findings from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2005/2006 that were released in November 2007. PIRLS involved a large number of people working together during different phases of the study. Without the efforts from these people, the study would not have been so successful. Special thanks are extended to all the New Zealand students who participated in the study in 2005, and to parents/caregivers, teachers, and school principals involved in the study.

I would also like to acknowledge the work of colleagues in the Ministry of Education – Denise Arnerich, Kiritina Johnstone, and my colleagues in the Research Division – who contributed in many ways during the different phases of the study.

Megan Chamberlain
Principal Research Analyst
(PIRLS National Research Coordinator)