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Florida's 2011 PIRLS Results in Grade 4 Reading: A Summary


Summary

  • No education system had a higher average score than Florida, 4 were not measurably different, and 48 scored lower (table 1).
  • Higher percentages of Florida 4th-graders performed at or above each of the four PIRLS international benchmarks than the international medians (see figure 2, Highlights From PIRLS 2011). For example, 22 percent of 4th-graders in Florida performed at or above the Advanced benchmark (625) compared to the international median of 8 percent at grade 4.
  • Females outperformed males by 15 score points on average in reading at grade 4 (see figure 3, Highlights From PIRLS 2011).
  • Male and female students in Florida scored higher on average in reading than the PIRLS international scale average (table 2).
  • All racial and ethnic groups scored higher than the PIRLS international scale average.
  • All categories of public school students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch scored higher than the PIRLS international scale average.
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Table 1. Average reading scores of 4th-grade students in Florida public schools compared with other participating education systems: 2011
 
Education systems not measurably
different from Florida
Hong Kong-CHNFinland
Russian Federation Singapore
 
Education systems lower than Florida
Northern Ireland-GBR Lithuania
United States Australia
Denmark Poland
Croatia France
Chinese Taipei-CHN Andalusia-ESP
Ontario-CAN Spain
Ireland Norway
England-GBR Belgium (French)-BEL
Canada Romania
Alberta-CAN Georgia
Netherlands Malta
Czech Republic Dubai-UAE
Sweden Trinidad and Tobago
Italy Azerbaijan
Germany Iran, Islamic Rep. of
Israel Maltese-Malta
Portugal Colombia
Hungary United Arab Emirates
Quebec-CAN Saudi Arabia
Slovak Republic Indonesia
Bulgaria Qatar
New Zealand Abu Dhabi-UAE
Slovenia Oman
Austria Morocco
NOTE: No education systems scored significantly higher than Florida-USA at p<.05.
SOURCE: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), 2011.
Table 2. Average reading scores of 4th-grade students in Florida public schools, by sex, race/ethnicity, and percentage of students in public school eligible for free or reduced-price lunch: 2011
 
Reporting groups Average score
PIRLS scale average500
U.S. average556*
Florida average569*
Sex
Female576*
Male561*
Race/ethnicity
White591*
Black537*
Hispanic564*
Asian604*
Multiracial591*
Percentage of public school students
eligible for free or reduced-price lunch
Less than 10 percent601*
10 to 24.9 percent610*
25 to 49.9 percent587*
50 to 74.9 percent566*
75 percent or more544*
*p<.05. Difference between state score and PIRLS scale average is statistically significant.
NOTE: Reporting standards were not met for American Indian/Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander. Black includes African American and Hispanic includes Latino. Race categories exclude Hispanic origin. Students who identified themselves as being of Hispanic origin were classified as Hispanic, regardless of their race. Not all race/ethnicity categories are shown but they are included in the U.S. and state totals shown throughout the report. Multiracial students are those that identify themselves with more than one race. The standard errors of the estimates are shown in table E-7 available at /pubsearch/pubsinfor.asp?pubid=2013010.
SOURCE: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), 2011.

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