Taiwan gets eighth place in international reading assessment

Taipei, Dec. 5 (CNA) Taiwan has reached eighth place out of 50 countries that took part in an international comparative assessment of student achievement in reading, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said Tuesday.The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2016 international assessment of reading comprehension found Taiwan scoring 559 on average, which advanced the country one place higher in the rankings relative to 2011, the last time the study was conducted.The study, which is conducted every five years, assesses the reading and comprehension at the fourth grade level of the participating countries and areas.The PIRLS 2016 rankings found Taiwan to have surpassed the PIRLS Scale Centerpoint score of 500.The Russian Federation was ranked first in the survey, followed by Singapore, Hong Kong, Ireland, Finland, Poland and Northern Ireland.Lin Teng-chiao, the MOE's administrative deputy minister, said that in recent years, Taiwan has been promoting reading programs, researching and developing teaching strategies, encouraging morning reading exercises, increasing reading classrooms in libraries, and helping schools to collect books to help the stable growth of the reading abilities of the country's students.The most recent survey was also the the first to include ePIRLS, which is a computer-based assessment that uses a simulated internet environment to access fourth-grade students on their online reading, Lin noted.Taiwan scored 546 in ePIRLS and was ranked seventh out of 14 countries and areas.