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Reading Achievement of U.S. Fourth-Grade Students in an International Context: First Look at the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2016 and ePIRLS 2016. NCES 2018-017
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Abstract

The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is an international assessment of student performance in reading literacy at the fourth grade. PIRLS measures students in the fourth year of formal schooling because this is typically when students' learning transitions from a focus on "learning to read" to a focus on "reading to learn." PIRLS is a collaborative effort between participating countries and the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). Administered every 5 years since 2001, PIRLS 2016 marks the survey's fourth administration. The current administration also provides the first results for ePIRLS: a computer-based extension of PIRLS designed to assess students' comprehension of online information. In 2016, some 58 education systems3 participated in the PIRLS assessment at the fourth year of formal schooling and 16 of these systems also participated in ePIRLS. The PIRLS framework focuses on two key content domains: purposes for reading and processes of comprehension. There are two key purposes for reading: reading for literary experience and reading to acquire and use information. The new ePIRLS is an innovative, computer-based assessment of online reading. It is designed to measure students' approaches to informational reading in an online environment. This report summarizes performance on PIRLS and ePIRLS 2016 from a U.S. perspective. PIRLS results are based on nationally representative samples of fourth-graders. The international data reported for PIRLS 2016 in this report cover 58 countries or other education systems, including the United States.

Citation

Warner-Griffin, C., Liu, H., Tadler, C., Herget, D. & Dalton, B. Reading Achievement of U.S. Fourth-Grade Students in an International Context: First Look at the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2016 and ePIRLS 2016. NCES 2018-017. Retrieved February 28, 2020 from .

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