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PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study)


The PIRLS study is coordinated by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, or the IEA (

The PIRLS project is one of the leading international studies in determining the reading skills of fourth-graders. International experts state that it is in primary school that the foundations for success in further education of schoolchildren are laid.

The results of the PIRLS study will allow regression analysis of the factors influencing the success of the schoolchild's learning and development (the educational resources of the school and the family, the interest and participation of the parents in the formation of the readers' reading culture, etc.).

For the three cycles (2001, 2006, 2011), countries such as Hong Kong (571), the Russian Federation (568), Finland (568) and Singapore (567) have been among the leaders of the PIRLS rankings.

Kazakhstan first took part in this project in April 2016. 10 256 people constituted the cohort of the survey, including 4 925 fourth-graders, 4 925 parents of fourth-graders, 234 primary school teachers, and 172 school principals.

The results of more than 50 countries participating in PIRLS-2016 will be published at UNESCO Headquarters (Paris, France) on December 5, 2017. The IEA Encyclopedia "International study PIRLS-2016" will present a unique information material on the best educational programs and experience in forming the reading skills of junior schoolchildren.

Participation in PIRLS will allow Kazakhstan to obtain independent objective assessment of reading skills development among junior schoolchildren. Also, it will ensure the principle of openness and integration of Kazakhstani education in the international community of leading educational systems.


Department for International Comparative Studies

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