Singapore Tops International Reading Test For School Students

12/6/2017 9:26:45 AM
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Students in Singapore  and the Russian Federation oushone  their international peers in reading achievement at the fourth grade, according to results released today from PIRLS, a large-scale international assessment of 50 countries
and 11 benchmarking regions.

Other high performers included Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Finland, Poland, and Northern Ireland, according to the assessment directed by Drs. Ina V.S. Mullis and Michael O. Martin at IEA’s TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center at Boston College.


Singapore also took top place among 14 countries in the inaugural ePIRLS assessment of online informational reading, followed by Norway and Ireland. The electronic extension of PIRLS simulates an Internet environment, and evaluates how well students read, interpret, and critique online information in an increasingly digital world.

“The world has seen a rapid increase in the use of digital media, both inside and outside the
classroom,” said Mullis. “This is changing the way young people gather and process
information.” 

More than 319,000 students worldwide participated in 2016 in PIRLS, the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study.

PIRLS has been administered every five years since its 2001 inception, and is sponsored by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) in Amsterdam.

Internationally, there are more good readers now than there were 15 years ago when PIRLS began. Almost all students demonstrated at least a basic level of reading achievement, with 96 per  cent reaching the PIRLS Low International Benchmark. On the other end of the spectrum, more than one-fourth of students in the Russian Federation and Singapore reached the Advanced International Benchmark.

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