Welcome to the homepage for PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) in Ireland.  PIRLS is an international study of Fourth class pupils’ reading literacy which takes place every five years.  Ireland has taken part in 2011 and 2016.  The results of the 2016 study include the results of PIRLS paper-based tests, and of an assessment of digital literacy called ePIRLS.

Results for PIRLS 2016 are now available. The initial Irish national report summarises the main findings from PIRLS and ePIRLS 2016, with a particular focus on the performance on pupils in Ireland. A brief overview of these findings can be found here. Publication of the Irish report and summary flyer coincide with the launch of the international PIRLS and ePIRLS reports, available at http://timssandpirls.bc.edu/.

The Educational Research Centre manages Ireland’s participation in PIRLS, on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills.  In 2016, Ireland was one of 50 countries and 11 benchmarking participants that took part in PIRLS, and one of 14 countries and two benchmarking participants that took part in ePIRLS.  148 primary schools in Ireland took part in the main study.  In total, 340,000 pupils took part in PIRLS 2016, including over 4,600 pupils in Ireland.

For more information about how PIRLS operates internationally, see http://timssandpirls.bc.edu/.

The remainder of this site gives more information about PIRLS, in Ireland and internationally.  Click the links below if you’d like more information about: