How did English 10 year-olds perform in PIRLS?
PIRLS 2011 showed a relative rise in the performance of English 10 year-olds in reading comprehension from 19th out of 45 participants in 2007 to 10th= in 2011. 10 year-olds from Northern Ireland did even better – they were 5th. It should be borne in mind, however, that the participants taking part in PIRLS 2011 were not the same as in 2007 – new countries joined while others dropped out.
8 December 2013