The Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Assessment (CEA), Dr Surette van Staden attended the second Questionnaire Development Group (QDG) meeting on 13 and 14 July for the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS 2021). The aim of the meeting was to finalise the contextual questionnaires that will be used as part of the PIRLS 2021 main survey, a survey in which more than 60 countries participate. To provide insight into students’ contexts for learning across participating countries, contextual questionnaires are administered to Grade 4 learners, their parents, teachers and school principals as part of the PIRLS reading assessment. The QDG consists of an invited group of National Research Coordinators and at the most recent meeting, representatives from Finland, Belgium, Taiwan, New Zealand and Oman joined the PIRLS study directors from Boston College. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the meeting took place online and not in person as originally planned in Hamburg, Germany.