PIRLS 2016 is the fourth in the series of Progress in International Reading Literacy Study assessments, providing trends in reading achievement over a 15-year period. Based on a comprehensive framework, PIRLS provides internationally comparative data on how well children read after four years of primary/elementary schooling. PIRLS 2016 will be administered between April 11 and May 13, 2016.

The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) has created a new extension to the PIRLS 2016 assessment: ePIRLS, an innovative assessment of on-line reading. With the Internet now a major source of information at home and at school, reading curricula in countries around the world are acknowledging the importance of on-line reading. ePIRLS uses an engaging, simulated Internet environment to measure Grade 4 students' achievement in reading for informational purposes. The assessment presents students with school-like assignments on science and social-studies topics that align with school reading purposes.

Over 50 countries are participating in PIRLS 2016, and about 20 of them will be administering the ePIRLS on-line reading assessment as well.

In Canada, a sample of schools was selected at random. Within each of the sampled schools, at least one Grade 4 class was selected to participate in the assessment. Eight Canadian provinces and one territory are participating in PIRLS 2016: Ontario and Quebec (as benchmarking participants); British Columbia, Alberta, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador (as oversampling participants); and Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Northwest Territories (as part of the Canadian sample). In addition, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador will participate in ePIRLS. Canada-wide participation is being coordinated by CMEC.

International and Canadian reports will be released in 2017. The Canadian report will not only provide jurisdictional-level results on Grade 4 student achievement in reading, but will also relate these results to home, classroom, and school characteristics.

Further information on PIRLS 2016 is available at:
http://timss.bc.edu/pirls2016/framework.html.

Sample PIRLS passages, questions, and scoring guides are available at:
http://timssandpirls.bc.edu/pirls2016/downloads/P16_FW_Appendix_B.pdf.

Sample PIRLS literacy passages, questions, and scoring guides are available at:
http://timssandpirls.bc.edu/pirls2016/downloads/P16_FW_Appendix_C.pdf.