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Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2011

Africa; Arab States; Asia and the Pacific; Europe and North America; Latin America and the Caribbean; Australia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Botswana; Bulgaria; Canada; China; Colombia; Croatia; Czech Republic; Denmark; Finland; France; Georgia; Germany; Honduras; Hungary; Indonesia; Iran; Italy; Kuwait; Lithuania; Malta; Morocco; Netherlands; Norway; Oman; Poland; Portugal; Qatar; Romania; Russia; Saudi Arabia; Singapore; Slovakia; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Trinidad and Tobago; United Arab Emirates; United States of America

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Goal 3. Youth and life skills; Goal 4. Adult literacy
Literacy; Learning

The IEA Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2011 was the third assessment, after PIRLS 2001 and PIRLS 2006, in a five-year cycle of assessments measuring trends in reading literacy achievement in primary school.

Combining newly developed reading assessment passages and questions for 2011 with a selection of secure assessment passages and questions from 2001 and 2006, the study offered a state-of-the-art assessment of reading comprehension that allowed for measurement of changes since 2001.

PIRLS 2011 also examined the national policies and practices related to literacy, and included a set of questionnaires for students, parents/caregivers, teachers, and school principals to investigate the experiences that young children have at home and school in learning to read. A number of new context questionnaire scales were developed to offer greater insights into home supports and school environments for teaching and learning. As PIRLS and TIMSS were both conducted in 2011, countries had the opportunity to assess the same fourth grade students in reading, mathematics, and science.

For the first time in the 2011 cycle, prePIRLS was offered to assess basic reading skills as a bridge to PIRLS, for countries where most children are still developing fundamental reading skills at the end of the primary school cycle. The PIRLS 2011 main data collection was carried out in 2010–2011.