Enrollment is now open for PIRLS 2026: The sixth cycle of the international reading and literacy assessment and one of the flagship studies of IEA.
A New Way of Assessing Reading Comprehension
PIRLS 2026 completes the transition to a fully digital assessment and brings with it new advances and benefits:
- The digital environment makes it possible to integrate student reading of stories and informational articles together with the ePIRLS assessment of online reading based on simulated websites designed to engage and motivate students.
- The digital environment provides the opportunity to collect process data about how students proceed through the assessment, providing insights into the strategies used by successful readers.
PIRLS 2026 will be one unified assessment covering younger students' reading experiences in and out of school. Additionally, as in previous PIRLS assessments, separate results will be reported for the Literary and Informational reading purposes that have provided the foundation of the PIRLS assessments since its inception.
New Assessment Option
PIRLS 2026 will offer a unique, longitudinal option, which will re-assess the same students one year after the PIRLS 2026 assessment to provide highly valuable, trend information that measures learning progress and advances educational effectiveness research.
How to Enroll in PIRLS 2026
For more information and to download the PIRLS 2026 information package, please go to the PIRLS 2026 study page.
Directed by the TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center at Boston College, PIRLS has been administered every five years since 2001. The study provides internationally comparative data on how well children read by assessing fourth-grade students’ reading achievement, offering policy-relevant information for improving teaching and learning.