PIRLS is an international assessment of reading comprehension, which follows four years of primary schooling. The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), an independent, international cooperative of national research institutions and governmental research agencies, has implemented the exam over five periods since 2001.
Georgia participated in PIRLS 2006, 2011 and 2016. The process generated valuable information, enabling the monitoring of trends in Georgian students’ achievement in time and relative to other participant countries around the world. The PIRLS assessment provides internationally comparable data about how well children read together with information on student home support for literacy, curriculum and curriculum implementation, instructional practices, and school resources.
NAEC is responsible for administering the study locally with the support of school principals and teachers. Around 175 schools, their principals, over 300 teachers, 4000 students, and their parents participate in every cycle of the study.
In the 2016 PIRLS cycle, Georgia joined a new extension to PIRLS: ePIRLS. This is an innovative assessment of online reading, making it possible for countries to assess how successful they are in preparing fourth grade students to read, comprehend, and interpret online information. ePIRLS uses an engaging, simulated internet environment with authentic school-like assignments about science and social studies topics to measure achievement in reading for informational purposes.
NAEC prepares national reports and disseminates them among policy makers and school community members. PIRLS results are discussed at National Education Conferences with teachers, school leaders, education specialists, researchers, and policy makers.
For more information about the study, please consult the IEA web page.