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NCES 2018017 Reading Achievement of U.S. Fourth-Grade Students in an International Context
The Progress In International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2016 is the fourth administration of this international comparison since the initial administration in 2001. PIRLS is used to compare over time the reading skills of 4th-grade students and is designed to align broadly with reading curricula in the participating countries. The results, therefore, suggest the degree to which students have learned the reading concepts and skills likely to have been taught in school. In 2016, there were 58 education systems (including countries and other education systems) that participated at grade 4.

The focus of the report is on the performance of U.S. students relative to their peers in other education systems in 2016, and on changes in reading achievement since 2001. For a number of participating education systems, changes in achievement can be documented over the last 15 years, from 2001 to 2016.

In addition to framing the reading literacy of U.S. students within an international context, the report shows how the reading literacy of U.S. 4th-graders varies by student background characteristics and contextual factors that may be associated with reading proficiency. Following the presentation of results, a technical appendix describes the study design, data collection, and analysis procedures that guided the administration of PIRLS 2016 in the United States and in the other participating education systems.

Also included are results from ePIRLS an innovative, computer-based assessment of online reading. This was the first administration of ePIRLS.
12/5/2017
NCES 2013010REV Highlights From PIRLS 2011: Reading Achievement of U.S. Fourth-Grade Students in an International Context
The Progress In International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2011 is the third administration of this international comparison since the initial administration in 2001. PIRLS is used to compare over time the reading skills of 4th-grade students and is designed to align broadly with reading curricula in the participating countries. The results, therefore, suggest the degree to which students have learned the reading concepts and skills likely to have been taught in school. In 2011, there were 53 education systems (including countries and other education systems) that participated at grade 4.

The focus of the report is on the performance of U.S. students relative to their peers in other education systems in 2011, and on changes in reading achievement since 2001. For a number of participating education systems, changes in achievement can be documented over the last 10 years, from 2001 to 2011.

In addition to framing the reading literacy of U.S. students within an international context, the report shows how the reading literacy of U.S. 4th-graders varies by student background characteristics and contextual factors that may be associated with reading proficiency. Following the presentation of results, a technical appendix describes the study design, data collection, and analysis procedures that guided the administration of PIRLS 2011 in the United States and in the other participating education systems.

After the initial release of the NCES PIRLS 2011 national report and supplemental tables, several minor changes were made to the report and to a footnote in Appendix E. View the errata notice for details.
12/11/2012
NCES 2008017 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)
This report summarizes the performance of U.S. students on the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) assessment, comparing the scores of U.S. fourth-graders to the scores of their peers internationally in 2006 and also examining the extent to which the reading literacy of U.S. students had changed from the first administration of PIRLS in 2001. The results show that the average reading comprehension score of U.S. fourth-grade students in 2006 was higher than the average score of students in 22 of the 44 other countries and educational jurisdictions that participated in the PIRLS assessment. Ten countries and educational jurisdictions had average scores higher than the scores of U.S. students; average scores of students in the remaining 12 countries and educational jurisdictions were not significantly different from the scores of U.S. students. The performance of U.S. students on PIRLS in 2006 did not measurably differ from their performance in 2001. In addition to framing the reading literacy of U.S. students within an international context, the report shows how the reading literacy of U.S. fourth-graders varies by student background characteristics and contextual factors that may be associated with reading proficiency. Following the presentation of results, a technical appendix describes the study design, data collection, and analysis procedures that guided the administration of PIRLS 2006 in the United States and in the other participating jurisdictions.
11/28/2007
NCES 2006058 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2003 U.S. datafile and User's Guide
This datafile contains the U.S. TIMSS 2003 data, including data that was collected only in the United States and not included on the international database available from the IEA, and a Data User's Guide. The additional data relate to the race and ethnicity of students and teachers, and the percentage of students in a school eligible for the Federal free and reduced lunch program. This datafile is intended to be used in conjunction with the international datafile available from the IEA.
10/2/2006
NCES 1999489 Directory of NAEP Publications
This 74-page directory lists all publications issued or funded by the National Center for Education Statistics that present or analyze data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Since 1970, NAEP has evaluated student performance in such areas as reading, mathematics, science, writing, U.S. history, civics, geography, and the arts. Each listing gives information for accessing the publication, through ERIC, the NCES web site, the Government Printing Office, or Ed Pubs, as appropriate.
4/19/1999
NCES 97017 NAEPFacts: Reading Assessment in the Nation's Fourth- and Eighth-Grade Classrooms
As part of the 1994 National Assessment in Educational Progress (NAEP) in reading, the teachers of 6,692 fourth-graders and 7,651 eighth-graders were asked about their instructional and assessment techniques. Because the sample of students was representative of all fourth- and eighth-graders in the country, these results provide some indication of how America's fourth- and eighth-grade students are being assessed in reading.
8/5/1997
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