PIRLS Research

The last PIRLS cycle happened in 2016. The international report for PIRLS 2016 was released in December 2017 by IEA.

Key insights from PIRLS 2016 Northern Ireland - What the evidence shows

This key insights briefing summarises three recent reports that use information from the PIRLS 2016 study in Northern Ireland, and other ILSA data to explore:

Key findings from PIRLS 2016 National Report for Northern Ireland

  • Pupils in Northern Ireland are amongst the best in the world at reading. Only pupils in Russia and Singapore significantly outperformed pupils in Northern Ireland.
  • Northern Ireland’s performance in reading has remained stable from 2011 to 2016, with no significant difference in the overall average score.
  • girls in Northern Ireland scored significantly more highly than boys; this is common in reading assessments and in line with international patterns.
  • over a fifth of pupils in Northern Ireland reached the ‘Advanced International Benchmark’ in reading, the third highest percentage internationally. There was a significant increase in the percentage of pupils reaching this benchmark between 2011 and 2016.
  • in Northern Ireland, and internationally, the pupils who most like reading also had higher average achievement scores than those who did not like reading.

Other sources of information: