Document Number: 10736PIRLS 2011 International Results in Reading - PIRLS, an international assessment of reading comprehension in the fourth grade, has been conducted every five years since 2001. For PIRLS 2011, 45 countries assessed fourth-graders; some participated in other options to permit wider participation. Top-performing countries in PIRLS 2011 were Hong Kong SAR, Russian Federation, Finland, and Singapore. There was little reduction in the large gender gap favoring girls. (TIMSS & PIRLS, 2012)...
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