At OUCEA our team of researchers is responsible for delivering the PIRLS 2016 National Report for England and scientific consultancy throughout the study. The team’s expertise will inform the construction of the National Report, ensuring that it is well integrated with current research in the field of international testing.

2015 PIRLS

[OUCEA Team, L-R: Dr Therese N. Hopfenbeck, Professor Jo-Anne Baird, Dr Jenny Lenkeit, Dr Daniel Caro]

Dr Therese N. Hopfenbeck is the PIRLS project manager at OUCEA. Her research interests are focused upon large-scale comparative assessments and the assessment of reading specifically.

Professor Jo-Anne Baird is a member of the PIRLS Research Advisory Group (together with Professor Art Graesser from the University of Memphis and Professor John de Jong from the VU University of Amsterdam).

Dr Jenny Lenkeit is an experienced quantitative researcher and is interested in educational inequalities and the relationship of instructional approaches and performance.

Dr Daniel Caro is an expert in advanced statistical techniques and his research interests include inequalities in assessment outcomes.

The team has a record of research and publications relating to PIRLS.


Progress in International Reading Literacy Study: PIRLS for Teachers (ESRC Impact Acceleration Award) (May 2015 – October 2016)


Lenkeit, J. & Burge, B. (2014) Analysis of the PIRLS 2011 data: Save the Children evidence report. Slough: NFER.

Caro. D.H. & Cortés, D. (2012) Measuring family socioeconomic status: An illustration using data from PIRLS 2006, IERI Monograph Series: Issues and Methodologies in Large-Scale Assessments, 5, 9-33.

Caro, D.H. & Lenkeit, J. (2012) An analytical approach to study educational inequalities: 10 hypothesis tests in PIRLS  2006International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 35 (1), 3-30.

Caro, D.H. & Mirazchiyski, P. (2012) Socioeconomic Gradients in Eastern European Countries: evidence from PIRLS 2006European Educational Research Journal, 11 (1), 96-110.

Lenkeit, J. (2012) How effective are educational systems? A value-added approach to study trends in PIRLSJERO Journal of Educational Research Online, 4 (2), 143-173.

Schwippert, K. & Lenkeit, J. (Eds) (2012) Progress in reading literacy in national and international context: The impact of PIRLS 2006 in 12 countries. Münster, Germany: Waxmann.