On October 8, the Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released the findings of the International Survey of Adult Skills, a product of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) survey. The survey assessed the skills of adults in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments—skills that adults need to use in everything from social settings to work situations.
The study surveyed about 157,000 adults, aged 16-65, in 24 countries. Roughly 5,000 adults per country were surveyed. For the U. S., the data show:
While the U. S. scored below the international average in all subject areas, we did rank better in literacy than in numeracy or problem solving in technology-rich environments, and the performance gap between our young and older population is smaller than the average gap internationally. See "What’s New" for links to the report and PIAAC gateway.
In follow-up to this study, the Department asked OECD to take a closer look at the backgrounds of the low-skilled population, to identify policy implications, and to offer a broad set of policy recommendations that could provide a framework that we as a country can consider when we think about how to capitalize on our strengths and how to systemically address some of our skill weaknesses. We will post announcements with further data and upcoming events as they become available!
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