Progress in international reading literacy study (Pirls)
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The IEA Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2011 was the third assessment in a five-year study into global trends for literacy achievement in primary school. PIRLS 2011 also examined the national policies and practices related to literacy, and included questionnaires for students, parents/caregivers, teachers, and school leaders in order to investigate young children’s experience of learning to read at home and in school.

The study found a substantial range in scores between the highest and lowest performing countries. The top-performing countries were Hong Kong SAR, the Russian Federation, Finland, and Singapore, with Singapore having the largest percentage of students (24%) reaching the Advanced International Benchmark. The PIRLS found that most countries had a significant percentage (95% or more) of pupils achieving at least a basic level of reading.

Girls outperformed boys in nearly all of the participating countries, particularly in the area of literary reading, but socio-economic factors were also important. Although there was variation across countries, higher achievement in reading was associated with pupils attending schools where a greater percentage of students were from relatively affluent socioeconomic backgrounds, and entered school with early literacy skills.

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The report will make for interesting reading for teaching professionals keen to explore wider issues around inequality in learning, offering a global context that supports trends often seen in the UK.


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