The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is an international comparative study of student achievement. PIRLS 2016 represents the fourth such study since PIRLS was first conducted in 2001. Developed and implemented at the international level by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), an international organization of national research institutions and governmental research agencies, PIRLS is used to measure the reading literacy of 4th-graders over time.
PIRLS is designed to align broadly with reading curricula in the participating countries and education systems. The results, therefore, suggest the degree to which students have learned the reading skills likely to have been taught in school. PIRLS also collects background information on students, teachers, schools, curricula, and official education policies to allow cross-national comparisons of educational contexts that may be related to student achievement.
New for 2016, ePIRLS is an innovative, innovative, computer-based assessment of online reading. It is designed to measure students' approaches to informational reading in an online environment. As webpages become a more common source for acquiring information, ePIRLS provides measures of students' online reading skills and competencies. Example tasks include identifying a specific webpage, filtering content on the webpage for the most relevant information, relating information across websites, and judging the credibility of information on the website.
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