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ERIC Number: EJ855487
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0305-764X
International Comparisons of Reading Literacy: What Can They Tell Us?
Shiel, Gerry; Eivers, Eemer
Cambridge Journal of Education, v39 n3 p345-360 Sep 2009
The participation of large numbers of countries in current international assessments involving reading literacy--40 in PIRLS 2006 (administered to students in Grade 4 in primary schools) and 57 in PISA 2006 (administered to 15-year-olds in post-primary schools)--suggests that governments and other bodies find the outcomes to be useful. This article acknowledges the benefits of participating in these assessments, including the insights they provide into variation in reading achievement between and within countries, differences between engagement in reading and reading performance among males and females, associations between engagement and socioeconomic status, and instructional practices. Criticisms of international assessments, including those related to cultural bias in texts and inconsistencies in sampling, are linked to difficulties in interpreting achievement outcomes across studies and over time. Directions that PIRLS and PISA may take in the future are outlined. (Contains 7 tables and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 4; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment