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Progress of International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)

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  • Post Date: 12/11/2012

Progress of International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is an international test held by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). Since the IEA started the PIRLS plan in 2001, the plan has been held once every five years, and mainly researches the reading ability of fourth grade children in various countries and areas. Taiwan began participating in the assessment in 2006.

According to the investigation results of PIRLS 2006, the average score of all the 45 participating countries (areas) was 500, the average of Taiwan’s students was 536, which ranked 22nd. The reading test content includes literacy experience and the acquiring and use of information. It divides the reading process into four levels: Focus and retrieval of explicitly stated information; making straightforward inferences; interpreting and integrating ideas and information; and examining and evaluating content, language, and textual elements. Among them, the two former are considered direct courses, and the latter two are interpretation courses. In terms of performance in the different reading courses, Taiwan’s students scored 530 in the interpretation course, ranking 25th; and scored 541 in direct courses, ranking 16th.

Statistical Charts, Tables 

Country (area)

Average scores

    and rankings

Items

Taiwan

Hong Kong

Singapore

Fourth grade reading

Overall

Performance

Scores

535

564

558

Rankings

22

2

4

Direct

Course

Scores

541

558

560

Rankings

16

4

1

Interpretation

Course

Scores

530

566

556

Rankings

25

3

7

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