Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)


PIRLS will help educators and policymakers by answering questions such as the following:

  • How well do fourth-grade students read?
  • How do students in one education system compare with students in another education system?
  • Do fourth-grade students value and enjoy reading?
  • Internationally, how do the reading habits and attitudes of students vary?

To assist in this process, the PIRLS Encyclopedia is created which provides a profile of each country's education system, with a particular focus on reading education for primary-school children. The encyclopedia provides general data on economic and educational indicators, describes how the education system is organized, and describes how decisions are made about education. The reading curriculum, including goals, materials, and instruction, is also discussed, along with information on the assessment of reading achievement.