Using PIAAC for Reading Instruction
Date posted: October 24, 2018
We’re familiar with the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) as a large scale survey, and our recent source of statistics for adult literacy rates. Did you know that the framework behind that research can also be used to guide teaching practice?
Two foundational understandings supported PIAAC’s assessment work:
- Reading skills are best assessed when the skills are used to accomplish tasks that adults face at work, in the community, and while pursuing lifelong learning.
- Reading proficiency is a continuum; it is not an all or nothing skill.
Two reports have been created to help use these understandings in teaching.
Using the PIAAC Literacy Framework to Guide Instruction: An Introduction for Adult Educators is a general introduction to the parts of PIAAC’s work that can be used to inform reading instruction for adults. It introduces a contextualized approach to curriculum development.
Bringing Reading Instruction to Life Using PIAAC Tools: Supplement to the Introductory Guide (Literacy) was produced this year. It is a supplement to the original report, and provides specifics for using contextualized reading instruction.