Following a decision by the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs on 4 March 2004, Germany again participated in the International Primary School Reading Survey (IGLU-PIRLS) in 2006. IGLU is a study of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). Germany already participated in this international study in 2001, which tested the reading skills of fourth grade students in 45 countries and regions worldwide in 2006.
In addition to IGLU-PIRLS 2006, a national extension study (IGLU-E 2006) took place in Germany, which provided in-depth findings on the school entry phase, all-day schooling, the use of digital media and orthographic skills. In Germany, all 16 federal states with a total of 410 schools participated in IGLU-PIRLS and IGLU-E 2006. The examination took place between 24 April and 2 June 2006.
The overall responsibility for the organisation of PIRLS lies with Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA, USA. The international data set was processed at the IEA Data Processing Center (DPC) in Hamburg. In Germany, IGLU-PIRLS 2006 and IGLU-E 2006 are conducted under the scientific direction of Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos, Institute for School Development Research (IFS), Technical University of Dortmund. Dr. Sabine Hornberg, also IFS, Technical University of Dortmund, is in charge of project management and coordination.
IGLU-PIRLS 2006 is substantially funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and by the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany. IGLU-E 2006 is funded by the Ministries of Education and Cultural Affairs of the 16 Federal States.
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The most convenient highway exits are on the B 1/A 40 (Dortmund-Barop) (closer to the North Campus) and on the A45 (Dortmund-Eichlinghofen). The university is signposted at both exits. In the local road network you will find signs to Campus Nord, where the Campus Treff is also located. From Emil-Figge-Strasse, entrance no. 18 and from Vogelspothsweg entrance no. 23 lead to parking spaces near the venue.
From Dortmund main station, take the S-Bahn "S1" in the direction of Solingen on track 7 to the stop "Dortmund-Universität" (price level A). The S-Bahn runs every 15 minutes during peak hours on weekdays and takes about 6 minutes. From Düsseldorf, the S-Bahn runs every 30 minutes. Directly at the S-Bahn station you will find the CDI building, which houses the Center for Research on Education and School Development.
One of the university's landmarks is the H-Bahn, which has two terminuses on the North Campus. One is located directly above the S-Bahn station and is easily accessible from it by elevators. The other is located in the center of Campus North at the bridge between the University Library and the Mensa, right next to the Audimax. The H-Bahn runs from here to the South Campus and the Eichlinghofen district.
Dortmund has an airport connected with some destinations in Central Europe. There are regular flights, for example, to Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Katowice, Krakow, Leipzig-Halle, London, Munich, Nuremberg, Paris, Poznan, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich. For the approximately 20 kilometers from the Dortmund airport to the campus, you can take the bus to the main train station and from there the S-Bahn. Faster is usually the use of a cab. Far more international flight connections are offered by the Rhine-Ruhr Airport in Düsseldorf, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station.