PIRLS 2021 International Report and Results Now Online

IEA together with the International Study Center at Boston College are pleased to announce that PIRLS 2021 International Results in Reading, the highly anticipated report detailing PIRLS 2021 reading achievement and contextual data, is now available online. We would like congratulate participating countries for this major achievement and to thank all those who participated in this cycle of PIRLS, as well as all the partners and colleagues involved in making the study a success.

The five PIRLS trend assessments conducted to date resulted from close collaboration among the participating countries, involving thousands of collaborators internationally. PIRLS is the first large-scale assessment to report results after successfully collecting data during the COVID-19 pandemic, assessing 400,000 students in 57 countries.

The latest international results from PIRLS show that most students demonstrate basic reading literacy skills, despite a dip in achievement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other highlights based on all 57 countries include: 

  • Home support has a substantial impact on reading achievement.
  • Most students are in supportive school environments.
  • Higher average reading achievement and more positive attitudes tend to exist in mutually reinforcing relationships. 

For the full international press release please see here. The report serves as a fundamental resource for educators, policymakers, and researchers worldwide to monitor educational recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The International Database will be released open access on 22 June and we encourage researchers to dive into the rich data that will become available! 

Follow the link below to see the international report.