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Hungarian Fourth-Grade Students Among World’s Best At Reading, PIRLS 2016 Results Show

By Tamás Székely // 2017.12.05.

Hungarian fourth-grade students around the age of ten have achieved their best ever results in the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS).

Hungary scored 554 points in 2016 in the international test of reading and literacy involving 50 countries. It is a 15-point improvement on the 2011 results, Ildikó Balázsi, an official of the Hungarian Education Office said on Tuesday, said. Hungary was ranked joint 9th on the international list along with ten other countries with similar results, she added.

The PIRLS results are quite good news for the Hungarian education after the PISA 2015 results showed that Hungarian students perform worse in reading comprehension and in science than in a similar test in 2012. According to PISA, Hungarian student are worse than average in the area of collaborative problem-solving too.

Commenting on the results, László Palkovics, Hungary’s state secretary for education, noted that public schools have been under direct state supervision since 2012. This, he said, provided a safer, more stable an predictable environment. The Hungarian government’s career model for teachers is also paying dividends, he added.


via MTI and; featured photo: Bea Kallos – MTI