Getting ready for PIAAC 4

Getting ready for PIAAC 4

Getting ready for PIAAC 4

Date posted: September 30, 2013

The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is a large scale survey that assesses skills in adult populations nationally and internationally. Initial results are scheduled to be released October 8, 2013. A coordinated tool for individual assessment has been designed by the OECD.

Education and Skills On-line (also known as PIAAC on-line) is a Web-based assessment tool for individuals which provides results linked to PIAAC measures of literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments. Both cognitive and non-cognitive skills needed for full participation in modern societies are measured. It is intended for use by adults aged 16 to 65, and is available in several languages.

Individuals can choose the skills they want to assess. Reports that describe strengths and weaknesses in each cognitive area assessed and summary information in each non-cognitive area will be generated. Individuals and/or organizations will be able to compare their results against the PIAAC national and international results.

Potential users include researchers, literacy organizations, post-secondary education, government, out of school youth interested in transitioning to post-secondary education or training, and individuals who want to demonstrate their workforce-readiness skills.

OECD has produced an information sheet with more details.

The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada has a webpage describing the on-line field trial of this assessment tool in Canada. This field trial was completed at the end of July 2013.

For information on the introductory print resources on PIAAC, look at Getting ready for PIAAC.

For links to recorded webinars on the basics of PIAAC and the resource list from the Centre for Literacy, look at Getting ready for PIAAC 2.

For a look at PIAAC in Canada, look at Getting ready for PIAAC 3.

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