PIRLS 2011 Organization

Study director(s)

TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center, Lynch School of Education, Boston College - Ina V.S. Mullis, Executive Director; Michael O. Martin, Executive Director

  • Overall direction
  • Responsible for
    • Design
    • Management
    • Implementation
    • Development
    • Operations
    • Analysis
    • Reporting
Institutions and their responsibilities

Statistics Canada (Ottawa)

  • School and student sampling activities


Educational Testing Service (Princeton, New Jersey, USA)

  • Consulting on psychometric methodology
  • Provision of software for scaling achievement data
  • Replication of achievement scaling for quality assurance


National Research Coordinators (NRCs)

Implementation of all aspects of the study in their respective countries in accordance with PIRLS guidelines and procedures, including:

  • Communicating with study partners
  • Contributing to item development
  • Conducting classroom sampling, data collection, and all scoring and data entry tasks.


Expert Committees

  • PIRLS 2011 Reading Development Group (RDG)
    • Providing expert advice about the development of the PIRLS 2011 reading assessment:
      • Updating the assessment framework
      • Test development – selecting passages and assisting with item development for PIRLS and prePIRLS
      • Participation in scale anchoring of PIRLS International Benchmarks
  • PIRLS 2011 Questionnaire Development Group (QDG)
    • Participation in the development of the contextual framework and background questionnaires for PIRLS 2011


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E-mail: secretariat@iea.nl

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TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center

Boston College

140 Commonwealth Ave.

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


Tel: +1 617 552 1600

Fax: +1 617 552 1203

E-mail: timssandpirls@bc.edu

URL: http://timssandpirls.bc.edu/index.html

  • The study was predominantly funded by fees from the participating countries.
  • The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) of the US Department of Education was a major funding partner, providing funding under contract no. ED08C00117.
  • Further financial support was provided by:
    • Boston College
    • The National Foundation for Educational Research in the UK
Editor(s) and author(s) of study-related gateway pages
  • Editors
    • Martin Hooper, Assistant Research Director, TIMSS and PIRLS Questionnaire Development and Policy Studies, TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center at Boston College
    • Bethany Fishbein, Research Specialist, TIMSS Science, TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center at Boston College
    • Milena Taneva, Senior Research Analyst, Project Co-Manager, TIMSS & PIRLS Data Processing, IEA Hamburg
    • Duygu Savaşcı, Research Analyst, Sampling Expert, IEA Hamburg
  • Author (based on study documents)
    • Zarrinigor Nozimova, Student Assistant, IEA Hamburg