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Measuring SDG4 with PIRLS data: UNESCO and IEA to release international reading literacy study

30 November 2017

UNESCO and the International Association for Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) will co-host the international release of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) and ePIRLS 2016 on 5 December 2017 (at 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

The international release of PIRLS and ePIRLS 2016 will take place from 10:00-11:15 and be followed by a roundtable discussion based on the UNESCO-IEA joint booklet “Measuring SDG4: How PIRLS can help.” The discussion will explore the application of international assessments in measuring Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4), and discuss key findings from the study related to the school environment, gender disadvantage, and early childhood education as a foundation for learning.

Conducted by IEA, PIRLS provides internationally comparative data and trends in reading achievement of fourth graders (9-10 year olds) across more than 60 countries. The study also examines how education systems provide educational opportunities to their students and how students are influenced to take advantage of them. In 2016, PIRLS’ scope extended to include ePIRLS – an innovative assessment of online reading.

International learning assessments such as PIRLS make an important contribution to measuring progress towards SDG4, which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Anne-Berit Kavli, Chair IEA
  • Dr Dirk Hastedt, Executive Director, IEA
  • Dr Ina Mullis, Executive Director, Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) & PIRLS International Study Center, Boston College
  • Dr Michael Martin, Executive Director, TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center,  Boston College
  • Dr Paulína Koršňáková, Senior Research and Liaison Adviser, IEA
  • Dr Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO
  • Ms Soo-Hyang Choi, Director of the Division for Inclusion, Peace and Sustainable Development, UNESCO
  • Dr Silvia Montoya, Director, UNESCO Institute for Statistics
  • Dr Jyotsna Jha, Director, Center for Budget and Policy Studies (CBPS), India
  • Dr Catherine Jere, Lecturer, University of East Anglia, School of International Development  

Several speakers will be available for interview.




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For more information on PIRLS


The event will be webcast in English, French and at Floor


Journalists wishing to attend this event are requested to contact:Djibril Kebe: T: +33(0)145681741 | E:


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