Poor performance in reading of CM1 students - The latest Pirls survey (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study), conducted in 2016 in 50 countries and unveiled today has shown the very poor performance in reading of French students enrolled in CM1. France is far behind the leaders Russia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Students from these 50 countries were asked to read 12 short texts, either stories or articles, whose vocabulary was adapted to their age. The researchers did not only observe whether the students could read these texts, but also if they could understand them. French schoolchildren rank 34th out of 50 in reading comprehension, with 511 points slightly exceeding the last European country, the French-speaking Belgium (497 points). The Pirls study exists since 2001, and in 15 years, with the Netherlands, France is the only country that has regressed in its ranking.