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  Internationally, how well do fourth-grade students read? How do their reading habits and attitudes compare from one country to another?

Thirty-five countries participated in PIRLS 2001, IEA's new state-of-the-art Progress in International Reading Literacy Study at the fourth grade (9- and 10-year-olds). With 150,000 students tested, PIRLS 2001 is the first in a planned 5-year cycle of international trend studies in reading literacy.

Directed by the International Study Center at Boston College, PIRLS consists of a carefully-constructed test assessing a range of reading comprehension strategies for two major reading purposes - literary and informational. PIRLS collected extensive information about home, school, and national influences on how well students learn to read. Of special interest, parents and caregivers completed questionnaires about their children's early literacy activities.

Countries' reading achievement results are in the PIRLS 2001 International Report, together with data on students' home and school experiences in learning to read. The PIRLS 2001 Encyclopedia contains information provided by each participating country about its reading education.
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