PIRLS 2001 in Brief
Distribution of Average Combined Reading Literacy Scores
Reading Literacy by Benchmarks
How Different Groups Perform
Reading and Instruction in the Classroom
Reading Outside of School
Sample Items from PIRLS 2001
List of Figures
A summary of findings from PIRLS 2006:
On average, U.S. fourth-graders scored higher than their peers worldwide, with average scores higher than the PIRLS scale average (540 vs. 500), and a greater percentage of U.S. students reaching each achievement benchmark compared to the international median percentage.
The average score for U.S. students was:
Compared to 2001, the average score for U.S. students in 2006 was not significantly different overall. On the 2006 assessment, the average score for U.S. students in reading for literary experience was 4 points higher than their average score in reading to acquire and use information. In 2001, the difference was 17 points.Other findings include the following:
For more information, please see The Reading Literacy of U.S. Fourth-Grade Students in an International Context: Results From the 2001 and 2006 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS).