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PIRLS P-12 Assessment

 PIRLS at a Glance

  • An international comparative study of the reading literacy of young students

  • PIRLS stands for The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study. PIRLS studies the reading achievement and reading behaviors and attitudes of fourth-grade students in the United Arab Emirates and students in the equivalent of fourth grade in other participating countries

  • PIRLS stands for The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study.
  • PIRLS was first administered in 2001 and included 35 countries, and was administered again in 2006 to students in 45 education systems. The last PIRLS was administered in 2011

  • PIRLS is managed by a group of agencies, led by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) International Study Center, located in Boston College, United States. Other members of the managing consortium are the IEA Secretariat (in The Netherlands), the IEA Data Processing Center (Germany), Statistics Canada, Educational Testing Service (US) and the National Foundation for Educational Research (England)

  • PIRLS takes place in 5-year cycles

  • PIRLS conducts comprehensive state-of the-art assessments of student achievement supported with extensive data about country, school, and classroom learning environments

  • There is enormous diversity among the PIRLS countries—in terms of economic development, geographical location, and population size. Fundamental to IEA’s vision is the notion that the diversity of educational philosophies, models, and approaches that characterize the world’s education systems constitute a natural laboratory in which each country can learn from the experiences of others

  • PIRLS participants share the conviction that comparing education systems in terms of their organization, curricula, and instructional practices in relation to their corresponding student achievement provides information crucial for effective education policy-making

 Participating countries

In 2011, the following countries participated in PIRLS:

  • Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium (French), Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Honduras, Hong Kong SAR, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Lithuania, Malta, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United States.

Benchmarking Participants

  • Alberta, Canada
  • Ontario, Canada
  • Quebec, Canada
  • Maltese - Malta
  • English/Afrikaans - South Africa
  • Andalusia, Spain
  • Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Dubai, UAE
  • Florida, USA

prePIRLS Participants

  • Botswana
  • Colombia
  • South Africa

 Parents’ Role

The test does not require prior study however, parents should encourage the students to take the test seriously and to try and resolve all questions of the test. It is also important to show them the importance of their selection for the test and how much is a matter of pride to represent the UAE in such a global study.

 Dates and test components

Student’s Test Components are:

  • Paper and Pen Test
  • Questionnaire

The next PIRLS cycle will be held in 2016

PISA P-12 Assessment

 PISA at a Glance

  • The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) was commissioned by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in the late 1990s as an ongoing, periodic international comparative survey of the proficiency in Mathematics, Science and Reading of 15 year old students.

  • PISA is managed and directed cooperatively by the OECD member countries, and in cooperation with a large and increasing number of non-member countries referred to as partner countries or economies.

  • PISA is an age-based survey, assessing 15-year-old students in school (grade seven or higher).
  • PISA surveys take place every three years, starting in 2000.

  • For each survey, one of the three areas (Mathematics, Science and Reading) is chosen as the major assessment domain and it is given greater emphasis. The remaining two areas, the minor domains, are assessed less thoroughly.

  • PISA is an age-based survey, assessing 15-year-old students in school (grade seven or higher). These students are approaching the end of compulsory schooling in most participating countries and school enrolment at this level is close to universal in almost all OECD countries.

  • The PISA assessments take a literacy perspective that focuses on the extent to which students can use the knowledge and skills they have learned and practised at school when confronted with situations and challenges for which that knowledge may be relevant.
    That is, PISA assesses the extent to which students can use their reading skills to understand and interpret various kinds of written material that they are likely to meet as they negotiate their daily lives; the extent to which students can use their mathematical knowledge and skills to solve various kinds of mathematics-related challenges and problems; and the extent to which students can use their scientific knowledge and skills to understand, interpret and resolve various kinds of scientific situations and challenges.

  • The PISA survey also collects information from students on various aspects of their home, family and school background; and information from schools about various aspects of organisation and educational provision in schools. This information is collected to facilitate a detailed study of factors within and between countries that are associated with varying levels of reading, mathematical and scientific literacy among the 15-year-old students of each country.

 Participated countries

In 2000, only 32 countries participated and in 2009 the numbers increased to 67 countries and finally in 2012, 68 countries will be participating which include:

Austria, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Azerbaijan, Chile, Canada, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Colombia, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, Greece, Germany, France, Iceland, Hungary, Hong Kong (China), Ireland, Indonesia, Jordan, Japan, Italy, Latvia, Kyrgyz Republic, Korea, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, The Netherlands, Mexico, Macao-China, Poland, Norway, New Zealand, Romania, Qatar, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Serbia, Russian Federation, Sweden, Spain, Slovenia, Thailand, Chinese Taipei, Switzerland , United kingdom, Turkey, Tunisia, Uruguay, United States, Republic of Montenegro, Albania, United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Republic of Moldova, Peru, Shanghai (China), Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic, Panama, Singapore.

 Parents’ Role

The test does not require prior study however, parents should encourage the students to take the test seriously and to try and resolve all questions of the test. We should also show them the importance of their selection for the test and how much is a matter of pride to represent the UAE in such a global study.

 Dates and test components

Student’s Test Components are:

  • Paper and Pen Test
  • Computerized Test
  • Questionnaire

The test will be held during the agreed day with school administration from April 15, 2012 to May 24, 2012.

TIMSS P-12 Assessment

 TIMSS at a Glance

  • A global study dedicated to improving teaching and learning in mathematics and science, TIMSS which stands for “Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study” is a study that investigates the contexts for learning mathematics and science in the participating countries through background questionnaires completed by students, teachers, school principals, and national representatives. Information is collected about educational systems, curriculum, instructional practices, and characteristics of students, teachers, and schools, providing an extremely rich source of valuable insights into the teaching and learning of mathematics and science.

  • TIMSS takes place in 4-year cycles, and was first conducted in 1995.
  • TIMSS is managed by a group of agencies, led by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) International Study Center, located in Boston College, United States. Other members of the managing consortium are the IEA Secretariat (in The Netherlands), the IEA Data Processing Center (Germany), Statistics Canada, Educational Testing Service (US) and the National Foundation for Educational Research (England).

  • TIMSS takes place in 4-year cycles, and was first conducted in 1995.

  • TIMSS assesses students enrolled in the fourth and eighth grades. To better match the assessment to the achievement level of students, some countries will administer the fourth grade assessment to their sixth grade students and/or the eighth grade assessment to their ninth grade students.

  • TIMSS conducts comprehensive state-of the-art assessments of student achievement supported with extensive data about country, school, and classroom learning environments.

  • There is enormous diversity among the TIMSS countries—in terms of economic development, geographical location, and population size. Fundamental to IEA’s vision is the notion that the diversity of educational philosophies, models, and approaches that characterize the world’s education systems constitute a natural laboratory in which each country can learn from the experiences of others.

  • TIMSS participants share the conviction that comparing education systems in terms of their organization, curricula, and instructional practices in relation to their corresponding student achievement provides information crucial for effective education policy-making

 Participated countries

In 2011, 64 countries participated in TIMSS which are the following:

Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium (Flemish), Botswana, Canada (Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec), Chile, Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, Hong Kong SAR, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Oman, Palestinian National Authority, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates (with Abu Dhabi and Dubai as benchmarking systems), United States (with nine benchmarking states: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina), and Yemen.

 Parents’ Role

The test does not require prior study however, parents should encourage the students to take the test seriously and to try and resolve all questions of the test. It is also important to show them the importance of their selection for the test and how much is a matter of pride to represent the UAE in such a global study.

 Dates and test components

Student’s Test Components are:

  • Paper and Pen Test
  • Questionnaire

The next TIMSS cycle will be held in 2015

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