The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is being held among fourth grade pupils in Uzbekistan's schools from April 5 to 14, the State Authority for Supervision of Education Quality said.
The study, conducted by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), examines the level and quality of reading and reading comprehension by schoolchildren in 60 countries with different education systems.
In Uzbekistan, the study covers 5,948 fourth graders from 180 schools in the country, as well as their parents, school principals and class teachers. Schools for participation were randomly selected, taking into account such criteria as language of instruction, location in a city or village, number of students.
The basic PIRLS study is carried out in paper form, where fourth-graders take tests that assess the level of reading comprehension, as well as fill out a student's questionnaire, which reflects his personal opinion about interest in learning, home and school conditions.
The principals of participating schools and selected form teachers complete a questionnaire for schools and teachers who study the educational environment in an educational institution, and parents or guardians of students fill out a home questionnaire that studies the learning conditions of their children.