- Collecting comprehensive data about 4th grade students’ reading, comprehension, and analytical skills
- Identifying the elements that promote the acquisition of knowledge, such as: curricula, educational practices, the role of the family, etc.
- Comparing students’ reading literacy skills in educational systems with different cultural, economic, and social backgrounds
- Identifying the best practices to improve education by comparing the results of international tests with the results in countries with advanced educational systems and policies, which promotes higher levels of achievement among students
On an international scale, the tests are supervised by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). In Saudi Arabia however, they are supervised by the National Center for Assessment (NCA), an ETEC affiliate.
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Participating countries collaborate to develop the overall framework and content of the tests under the supervision of IEA. Each country is responsible for translating and adapting test content and instruments to its locale, as well as administering the tests to a representative sample of schools. These instruments are:
1. Question booklets (reading and writing skills)
- School surveys (to be completed by school leaders or their representatives)
- Reading teachers
- Parents or legal guardians
PIRLS in Saudi Arabia:
Saudi Arabia participated in the 2011 and 2016 cycles of PIRLS. Field tests for the next cycle will commence during the first quarter of 2020.