10-year-old students in England reported improved scores in reading. The 2016 PIRLS result shows that England came joint eighth out of the 50 countries that were assessed.
The average score of 559 points for reading achievement was the same as Norway and Taipei. This score was better than the 552 points scored in 2011, which ranked England in joint 10th place with Ireland.
England’s schools minister Nick Gibb told schoolsweek, “The results put the success of our increased emphasis on phonics and continued focus on raising education standards on a global scale. Our rise in the global rankings is even more commendable because it has been driven by an increase in the number of low-performing pupils reading well.”
The PIRLS assessment, which has been running since 2001, follows a five-year cycle. It involves nine and 10-year-olds from grade 4 or year 5 completing comprehension tests and provides international comparative data on how well children read in different countries.
The study, which is run by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) in Amsterdam, and Boston College, USA, tested more than 319,000 students in 50 countries.