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Progress in international literacy study.

Progress in international literacy study.

Schools across England are set to take part in an international literacy study.

The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) measures the reading ability of 10-year-olds, which can then be compared with other countries. The study is run by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) on a 5-yearly cycle. The next round of the study takes place later this year and will be delivered through Pearson Education and Oxford University in England.

A randomised sample of 170 schools from across England have been selected to take part, and will have been contacted by the PIRLS recruitment team. Teachers and pupils do not need to prepare for the test.

Children with strong reading skills are more likely to succeed at school, achieve good qualifications, find a rewarding and enjoyable career - and even enjoy good health. The Secretary of State for Education recently announced a new literacy campaign aiming to make children in England the best in Europe at reading by 2020. In the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2011, England ranked eleventh out of 45.

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