PIRLS 2016 Context Questionnaires

An important purpose of PIRLS 2016 is to study the home, community, school, and student factors associated with reading achievement at the fourth grade. To accomplish this purpose, data about the contexts for learning are collected through questionnaires completed by students, as well as their parents, teachers, and principals. In addition, National Research Coordinators from each participating country provide information on the national and community contexts for learning through the Curriculum Questionnaire and their country’s entry in the PIRLS 2016 Encyclopedia.

Student Questionnaires

Each student participating in PIRLS 2016 completed a Student Questionnaire. The questionnaire asks about aspects of students’ home and school lives, including basic demographic information, their home environment, school climate for learning, and attitudes toward reading.

ePIRLS Questionnaire

Students who participated in ePIRLS 2016 completed a short questionnaire on the computer through the ePIRLS Software. The questions ask about students' experiences and attitudes for using computers.

Home Questionnaire (Learning to Read Survey)

The parents or guardians of participating students completed the Learning to Read Survey, often referred to as the Home Questionnaire. The questionnaire asks about preparations for primary schooling, including preschool attendance and literacy-centered activities in the home before the child began school, such as reading books and singing songs. Parents also answered questions about their highest level of education and occupational status.

Teacher Questionnaire

Teachers of the assessed classes responded to the Teacher Questionnaire. The questionnaire asked students’ teachers about their education, professional development, and experience in teaching. It also asked about teaching reading to the PIRLS class, including the instructional activities and strategies that teachers implement in the classroom.

School Questionnaire

The principal of each school sampled for PIRLS 2016 completed a School Questionnaire. Principals answered questions about demographic characteristics of the student body, the availability of instructional resources, and the environment for learning in their schools.

Curriculum Questionnaire

The PIRLS 2016 National Research Coordinator from each participating country was responsible for completing the Curriculum Questionnaire. Questions primarily center around the organization and content of the reading curriculum and other national policy issues.

Download Questionnaires

Each of the PIRLS 2016 context questionnaires can be downloaded below.

The PIRLS 2016 Context Questionnaires are available in Portable Document Format (PDF). You may need to download a copy of Adobe Reader, to enable you to read and print the questionnaires.

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