NCES Reports on Literacy Among 4th-Graders in U.S. and Internationally

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) just released, “The Reading Literacy of U.S. Fourth-Grade Students in an International Context Results From the 2001 and 2006 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS).”

According to this report, “On average, U.S. fourth-graders scored higher than their peers worldwide, with average scores higher than the PIRLS scale average (540 vs. 500), and a greater percentage of U.S. students reaching each achievement benchmark compared to the international median percentage…

The average score for U.S. students was:
* higher than the average score in 22 education systems
* lower than 10 education systems and
* not significantly different from 12 education systems.”

Full report: http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2008017
Information about PIRLS: http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pirls/index.asp
NCES: http://nces.ed.gov/index.asp

~Nicolle
steffen_n@cde.state.co.us

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