The Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Assessment (CEA) Dr Surette van Staden attended the 3rd National Research Coordinators’ meeting for the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS 2021). The meeting was held at the NH Collection Vittorio Veneto from the 2nd to the 7th June 2019. The purpose of the meeting was to review proposed reading passages and items, draft questionnaires and survey operations for the PIRLS 2021 PIRLS field tests.
All countries participating in PIRLS 2021 will administer the same reading passages and items, but the rate at which different test forms are distributed in a country will be tailored to the population. This innovative design is meant to improve PIRLS’ measurement of reading at all levels of the distribution for countries with varying reading proficiency while also increasing student engagement. National Research Coordinators play an important role in helping to identify passages, develop questions, and develop the questionnaires and the PIRLS Encyclopedia; administering the assessment in their countries; reporting the results; and interpreting the findings within their national context.