The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) released the PIRLS 2016 national report at 8pm AEDT on Tuesday 5 December 2017.
The 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) measured the reading achievement of 580 000 students in their fourth year of schooling across 50 participating countries and 11 benchmarking entities, including a nationally representative sample of 6341 Australian students from 286 primary schools.
Results from the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) show that the literacy achievement of Australian Year 4 students has improved on average, but not for students with the lowest literacy skills.
Dr Sue Thomson, ACER Deputy CEO (Research) and Head of Educational Monitoring and Research, is available for comment.
Dr Thomson is the TIMSS and PIRLS National Research Coordinator for Australia, and the National Project Manager for Australia for PIRLS. Dr Thomson's research at ACER has involved extensive analysis of large-scale national and international data sets, including the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth, Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Read more