Getting ready for PIAAC

Getting ready for PIAAC

Getting ready for PIAAC

Date posted: September 9, 2013

PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) is an OECD international survey which measures adult skills and competencies. Twenty-five countries, including Canada, are participating in the first round. A successor to the 2006 Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey (ALLS) and the 1996 International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS), PIAAC’s Survey of Adult Skills has a particular focus on skills needed for success in work and everyday life in the information age.

The first round of data was collected in 2011-2012 and the results are scheduled to be released on October 8th. It is expected that the results will help guide policy and program development in the participating countries.

To help you get acquainted with PIAAC before the results are released, we’ll be posting resources about PIAAC every Monday until October 8th.

If you’re new to PIAAC, a good place to start is the Essential Skills Bulletins from Essential Skills Ontario. These three bulletins are an easy to read and easy to understand introduction to PIAAC.
Essential Skills Bulletin #1: About the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)
Essential Skills Bulletin #2: PIAAC: Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments and the Survey of Skills Used at Work
Essential Skills Bulletin #3: Putting PIAAC and Data into Place

If you want more detailed information, Literacy, Numeracy and Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments: Framework for the OECD Survey of Adult Skills provides background information. The OECD has a large number of publications with even more detailed information.

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