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IGLU/PIRLS 2016 - Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 2016

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Project duration: 01.02.2013 - 28.02.2018


IGLU / PIRLS is an international comparative study that has examined the reading comprehension of students at the end of fourth grade every five years since 2001. In 2016, Germany participated for the fourth time.

Project description

The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is an international comparative school performance study managed by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). The focus of the study is the assessment of reading comprehension of school students at the end of the fourth grade, taking into account the core conditions of the school learning environment. With all 16 states participating, the random sample includes approximately 4,000 fourth grade children from 210 primary and special schools. 

In the context of PIRLS reading literacy is understood as the ability to understand and use different types of texts, and examines the comprehension abilities (text-based and knowledge-based) and intentions with which a text is read. The reading test used in PIRLS consists of literary and informational texts. Each child works in a booklet containing of one of these type of texts followed by questions pertaining to the text. Some questions are multiple choice, while others are free-response questions.  

As in past cycles, PIRLS 2016 uses questionnaires for the participating children, parents, German teachers, and school administrators. The questionnaires are used to collect relevant information about the school and family background of the students in order to appropriately interpret performance in accordance with the diverse set of social and school environments. 
A key objective of the study is to document long-term trends in the participating education systems. Germany's participation takes place as part the overall strategy for educational monitoring in Germany as agreed upon by the KMK and BMBF.

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Lead researcher at IFS

Foto von Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos i. R. Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos i. R.,

Campus Nord, CDI

Project management

Foto von Dr. phil. Anke Hußmann (geb. Walzebug) Dr. phil. Anke Hußmann (geb. Walzebug),

Campus Nord, CDI, Room CDI / 231
Telephone: (+49)231 755-7418

Foto von Dr. Heike Wendt Dr. Heike Wendt,

Campus Nord, CDI, Room Martin-Schmeißer-Weg 13 / 203
Telephone: (+49)231 755-7404

Project team

Foto von Dan Chen Dan Chen,

Telephone: (+49)231 755-7808

Foto von Martin Goy, M.A. Martin Goy, M.A.,

Campus Nord, CDI, Room Martin-Schmeißer-Weg 13 / 107
Telephone: (+49)231 755-8130

Foto von Dr. Daniel Kasper Dr. Daniel Kasper,

Campus Nord, CDI, Room CDI / 234
Telephone: (+49)231 755-7417

Foto von Dr. phil. Svenja Rieser Dr. phil. Svenja Rieser,

Campus Nord, CDI, Room CDI / 234
Telephone: (+49)231 755-7924

Foto von Daniel Scott Smith, Ed.M. Daniel Scott Smith, Ed.M.,

Campus Nord, CDI

External project partners

Scientific Consortium

The Institute for School Development Research (IFS), TU Dortmund 

  • Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos (Principal Investigator) 

Faculty of Humanities/ German, University of Duisburg-Essen 

  • Prof. Dr. Albert Bremerich-Vos 

The Institute for School Development Research (IFS), TU Dortmund

  • Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany 

Associate Member of the Consortium

School of Education, TU München

  • Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Lankes  

Faculty of Social Sciences, Georg-August University Göttingen

  • Prof. Dr. Tobias C. Stubbe 

Department of Education Science, Humboldt University of Berlin

  • Prof. Dr. Renate Valtin 

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