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Dr. Hans WagemakerDr. Ina V.S. MullisDr. Michael O. Martin

PIRLS 2001 International Press Conference

The PIRLS International Study Center, in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, released results for the 4th grade reading achievement in 35 countries.

With approximately 150,00 students surveyed, PIRLS is one of the largest international assessments of reading literacy. “The PIRLS report provides reliable and timely data within an international context,” said PIRLS International Study Directors Ina V.S. Mullis and Michael O. Martin of Boston College. “The reading achievement results present each country with an opportunity to examine educational policies and practices against a globally-defined benchmark, while the report also contains rich information about children's early literacy experiences and reading instruction.” Shown at right, from top: Dr. Hans Wagemaker (Executive Director, IEA), Dr. Ina V.S. Mullis and Dr. Michael O. Martin (Co-Directors of the TIMSS/PIRLS International Study Center).

Click here to download the press packet, including Highlights, Exhibits, and Release, as a zip archive file (1MB).

PIRLS 2001 International Reports released on April 8th, 2003

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Announcing Plans for PIRLS 2006

Countries are encouraged to enroll now for PIRLS 2006. For those countries that participated in PIRLS 2001, PIRLS 2006 will measure trends in reading literacy achievement. PIRLS 2006 will also provide baseline data for new countries. The schedule of activities for PIRLS 2006 begins with the first NRC meeting in September 2003. Instrument development and field test activities will be carried out between October 2004 and April 2005. Data collection for the main survey has been scheduled for 2006.

The PIRLS International Study Center presented a progress report on PIRLS 2001 and revealed plans for PIRLS 2006 at the 43rd IEA General Assembly meeting held in Marrakech, Morocco October 7–10, 2002.

Click here for a PDF version of the complete presentation to the IEA General Assembly.

New PIRLS 2001 Publications Available

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