Russia and Singapore outperformed the U.S. and England in Reading according to PIRLS 2016 global assessment

By on December 6, 2017

More than 319,000 nine-to-eleven-year-old students worldwide participated in the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)  administered every five years since 2001 when it first started.  It is sponsored by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) in Amsterdam and Boston College.
The results of the 2016 test secured Russia the top position followed by Singapore, outshining their international peers in reading most notably, the United States and England.  Ireland which was ranked 10th globally in 2011 made a remarkable jump to the 4th place in 2016.
The U.S.  slipped to 15th best from its 6th ranking in 2011.  England climbed 1 rank up from 11th to 10th place which the government attributes to the introduction of the Phonics Check in its 2012 national curriculum.  5,000 nine to ten-year-olds in England who took part in this international study in 2016 all took the Phonics Check in 2012.


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