Research and analysis

PIRLS 2016: reading literacy performance in England

Findings from PIRLS 2016, assessing and comparing the reading attainment and attitudes of year 5 children.



This report outlines the results of the 2016 ‘Progress in International Reading Literacy Study’ (PIRLS) in England.

PIRLS is an international comparative study directed by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement.

The aim of PIRLS is to assess and compare the reading performance of pupils in their fourth year of formal schooling across participating countries.

50 countries took part in PIRLS 2016 and this is the national report for England.

Published 5 December 2017