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PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study)

PIRLS, conducted by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), investigates changes over time in children’s reading achievement at the fourth grade (age 9-10). First assessed in 2001, PIRLS has been on a regular fiveyear cycle since then. In general, participating countries use PIRLS in various ways to explore educational issues, including among others monitoring system-level achievement trends in a global context, establishing achievement goals and standards for educational improvement, and stimulating curriculum reform.

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