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ERIC Number: ED545955
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Pages: 49
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
U.S. 2001 PIRLS Nonresponse Bias Analysis. Working Paper No. 2003-21
Piesse, Andrea; Rust, Keith
National Center for Education Statistics
The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is a large international comparative study of the reading literacy of young students. The student population for the U.S. 2001 PIRLS (hereafter simply referred to as PIRLS) was the set of all fourth-graders in the United States, corresponding to the grade in which the highest proportion of nine-year-olds are enrolled. The PIRLS school sample consisted of 200 schools (150 public and 50 private) containing a fourth grade, selected with probability proportionate to the school'?s enrollment of fourth-graders. One classroom was sampled from each selected school. PIRLS was conducted in April and May 2001. For the original sample, the unweighted response rate at the school level was 62.5 percent, with 125 out of 200 schools responding. Through the use of replacements, the unweighted response rate was improved to 87 percent, with 174 out of 200 schools responding. However, as the response rate from the original sample was below 85 percent, NCES requested that Westat investigate the potential magnitude of nonresponse bias at the school level. The methodology and results of this investigation are described herein.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Progress in International Reading Literacy Study
IES Funded: Yes