At OUCEA our team of researchers is responsible for delivering the PIRLS 2016 National Report for England. 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. PIRLS 2016 will be published in December 2017. The team has a record of research and publications relating to PIRLS.

Professor 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.

Associate Professor Joshua McGrane is specialized in the conceptual, empirical and statistical aspects of psychometrics and educational assessment.

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.

Jamie Stiff is a research assistant working with OUCEA. Prior to this, he completed his undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology and his master’s degree in Education, both at the University of Oxford. He is particularly interested in the assessment of reading and numeracy abilities in primary education, and how international assessments impact on school and teacher practices.


Professor Jo-Anne Baird, Professor Art Graesser (University of Memphis) and Professor John de Jong (VU University of Amsterdam act as the PIRLS Research Advisory Group.