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National and
International
Assessments

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Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)

PIRLS reports every five years on the reading achievement of Grade 4 students worldwide and is sponsored by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. The study looks at nine-year-olds’ ability to read authentic literary and informational reading passages.

PIRLS was first administered in 2001, then in 2006 and 2011. In 2011, 58 jurisdictions participated. In Ontario, approximately 4000 students participate in each administration.

The next administration will be in 2016, when PIRLS will reveal trends in reading achievement over a 15-year period. The Ontario report for this administration will be released in December 2017.

PIRLS 2011

DocumentFile TypeDate Posted
2011 Ontario Report PDF12.11.12
2011 Highlights of Ontario Results PDF12.11.12
2011 International Report PDF12.11.12
2011, Canadian Context PDF12.11.12

Information on Previous PIRLS Assessments

DocumentFile TypeDate Posted
2006 Ontario Report PDF11.28.07
2006 Highlights of Ontario Results PDF11.28.07
2006 International Student Achievement Chart PDF11.28.07
2006 International Report PDF11.28.07
Information pamphlet for parents and students, Spring 2006 PDF02.07.06
Report on the international and provincial performance (2001): Ontario Report PDFApril 2003
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