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Title: PIRLS 2021 U.S. Highlights Web Report

The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is an international comparative study that measures 4th-grade reading performance every 5 years. PIRLS provides valuable information on the reading literacy of students in the United States and how their reading performance compares to that of students in other parts of the world. The study also surveys studentsí attitudes toward reading and their reading habits. In addition, studentsí principals answer questions about studentsí school experiences. The United States has participated in every administration of PIRLS since its inception in 2001. A total of 65 education systems participated in the 2021 PIRLS assessment.

This web report presents descriptive data from PIRLS 2021 on school operations during COVID-19, student reading performance and attitudes, and school reading resources.

Online Availability:
Cover Date: May 2023
Web Release: May 16, 2023
Publication #: NCES 2023054
Center/Program: NCES
Type of Product: First Look / ED TAB
Survey/Program Areas: International Activities Program (IAP)
Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)
Questions: For questions about the content of this First Look / ED TAB, please contact:
Cristobal de Brey.