Multilevel Analysis of PIRLS Data for England

Ian Schagen

11 May 2004

The data collected as part of the PIRLS study in England yielded a number of measures which were used in this analysis: internationally-derived scales for pupils' cognitive outcomes (3 scales), nationally-derived factor scores for pupils' attitudes to reading, pupil background information and school background and attitude information. The aim of this analysis was to investigate factors at the school and pupil levels which might be associated with the various international scales, and to see which were apparently statistically significant. In addition, some analysis was carried out on factors related to the pupil attitude scales.