Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)

The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) measures trends in children's reading literacy achievement at age 10 and collects information about reading and literacy policies and teaching practices every five years.

PIRLS is an important indication of the success of the Department in raising standards of reading. It provides comparisons with many other countries, in terms of the attainment of pupils and the strategies used to teach reading.

The PIRLS 2021 privacy notices set out how the Department and the research organisation, the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) will ensure compliance with data protection legislation during the study

PIRLS reports for Northern Ireland can be accessed using the links below. The international reports from PIRLS may be found on the website of the study organisers the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Centre.

Contact us

For general enquiries, data requests and feedback, contact the Analytical Services Unit (ASU)


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