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.
Information on Previous PIRLS Assessments
For more information about the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) and the full report on the 2011 administration visit the
Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)