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Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies

 

Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies

The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is a worldwide study by the literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments, and use the collected information to help countries develop ways to further improve these skills. The focus is on the working-age population (between the ages of 16 and 65). The first data was released on October 8, 2013.[1][2]

Contents

  • Background 1
  • Basic Skills Assessed 2
    • Literacy 2.1
    • Numeracy 2.2
    • Problem solving in technology-rich environments 2.3
  • Survey Design 3
  • Results 4
    • The Tests 4.1
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Background

Since the early 1990s the need for assessing literary skills in developed countries has been addressed by two large international surveys. The first was the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) which was implemented in 1994, 1996, and 1998. The second was the International Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey carried out in 2003, and between 2006 and 2008.[3]

Basic Skills Assessed

Three central basic skills are assessed in PIAAC: literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments.[4]

Literacy

Literacy encompasses the ability to understand, use and interpret written texts. Literacy is a prerequisite for developing one’s knowledge and potential and participating in society. The literacy domain in PIAAC includes tasks such as reading and understanding a drug label or a brief newspaper article. In addition, there are tasks that involve digital media, such as reading an online job posting.

Numeracy

Numeracy refers to the ability to access, use and interpret everyday mathematical information in order to manage mathematical demands in daily life. This is measured, for example, with items involving the evaluation of a special offer or the interpretation of numerical information in figures and tables.

Problem solving in technology-rich environments

PIAAC is the first international survey to implement problem solving in technology-rich environments (ICT). This key skill is defined as the ability to successfully use digital technologies, communication tools and networks to search for, communicate and interpret information. The first wave of PIAAC focuses on how persons access and make use of information in a computer-based environment. Items include sorting and sending e-mails, filling out digital forms, and evaluating the informational content and credibility of different websites.

Survey Design

PIAAC was initiated by the OECD member states in 2008 and, like PISA, it is designed as a multi-cycle programme. Round 1 took place in 2008-13 (main study in 2011[3]), supplementary Round 2 in 2012-16, and Round 3 in 2014-18 (main study in 2016-17).[5] Subsequent cycles will allow future changes in adult skills to be monitored and analysed and will provide first indications of where improvements have been achieved and deficits persist. Twenty-four countries participated in PIAAC Round I. Nine additional countries also expressed interest in participating in PIAAC. At least 5 000 randomly selected respondents between the ages of 16 and 65 were interviewed and assessed in each participating country. The survey was carried out as a personal interview comprising a questionnaire followed by a skills assessment, a computer- or paper-based version of which was independently completed by the respondent in the presence of the interviewer; the entire interview (including the assessment) took between 1 1/2 and 2 hours to administer.[4]

Results

The results were published in 2013, together with summaries in 25 languages.[6]

Country Literacy Numeracy Problem solving in technology-rich environments Mean difference, men vs. women Native vs. immigrant
Mean score % Non- starters % < Level1 Mean score % < Level1 Mean score %No ICT % < Level1 Literacy Numeracy Literacy
Australia 280.4 1.9 3.1 267.6 5.7 227.1 21.2 9.2 4.4 13.7 36.9
Austria 269.5 1.8 2.5 275 3.4 222.6 24.9 9.9 2.5 13.2 31.4
Canada 273.5 0.9 3.8 265.5 5.9 222.6 16.7 14.8 4.4 14.6 33
Czech Republic 274 0.6 1.5 275.7 1.7 229.3 24.6 12.9 4.6 9 3.5
Denmark 270.8 0.4 3.8 278.3 3.4 222.5 14.1 13.9 3.6 10.3 42.7
Estonia 275.9 0.4 2 273.1 2.4 229.1 29.1 13.8 2.6 6 15.5
Finland 287.5 0 2.7 282.2 3.1 234.5 18.4 11 2.3 10.2 53.7
France 262.1 0.8 5.3 254.2 9.1 28.1 2 10.8 35.4
Germany 269.8 1.5 3.3 271.7 4.5 219.4 17.7 14.4 5.2 17.3 31
Ireland 266.5 0.5 4.3 255.6 7.1 226.7 32.2 12.6 5.3 11.9 29
Italy 250.5 0.7 5.5 247.1 8 41.5 0.4 10.7 29.2
Japan 296.2 1.2 0.6 288.2 1.2 255.2 36.8 7.6 2.3 12.3
Korea 272.6 0.3 2.2 263.4 4.2 236.5 30 9.8 5.8 10.3 54
Netherlands 284 2.3 2.6 280.3 3.5 227.4 11.2 12.5 4 16.7 40.4
Norway 278.4 2.2 3 278.3 4.3 224.5 13.5 11.4 6.8 14.8 43.7
Poland 266.9 0 3.9 259.8 5.9 236.5 49.8 12 -1.8 1.9
Slovak Republic 273.8 0.3 1.9 275.8 3.5 238 36.4 8.9 -1.8 2.4 -1.8
Spain 251.8 0.8 7.2 245.8 9.5 33.9 6.8 12.5 34.2
Sweden 279.2 0 3.7 279.1 4.4 227.8 12.1 13.1 5.4 13.6 52.9
United States 269.8 4.2 3.9 252.8 9.1 224.8 15.6 15.8 2.4 14.1 30.8
Flanders (Belgium) 275.5 5.2 2.7 280.4 3 227.8 15.6 14.8 6.6 16 48.4
England/N. Ireland (UK) 272.5 1.4 3.3 261.7 6.3 222.9 14.6 15.1 2.7 14.3 34.3
Cyprus 268.8 17.7 1.6 264.6 3.4 38.3 -0.9 7.3 26
Russian Federation 275.2 0 1.6 269.9 2 234.4 33.6 14.9
Average 272.8 1.2 3.3 268.7 5 229.2 24.4 12.3 3.5 11.7 33.8

Notes:

  1. Sub-national entities (Belgium and UK) are placed at the end followed by two partner countries (Cyprus and Russia) who took part. The figures for Russia are preliminary and do not include Moscow or any items in the 'Missing' category.
  2. Participants were ranked at 5 levels (3 in problem solving). Level 1 corresponds to 176 points. Those who scored less than level 1 are listed above as well as those marked as 'Non-starters' above or 'Missing' in the report, referring to 'literacy-related non-responses' due to mental or learning disabilities or language difficulties. These were marked at 85 (out of 500) in calculating the mean figures.
  3. The last three columns show the extra points scored on average by the first group compared the with second. The last compares native-born native language speakers with foreign-born foreign language speakers.
  4. France, Italy, Spain and Cyprus did not participate in the Problem Solving test, which is officially described as 'Problem Solving in technology-rich environments'. The 'No ICT' column includes those who had no computer experience, opted out or failed a basic IT competence test.
  5. Cyprus only refers to that part under control of the Republic of Cyprus.

The Tests

  • Missing: Individuals at this level were unable to complete the background questionnaire.
  • Below Level 1: can read brief texts on familiar topics and locate a single piece of specific information identical in form to information in the question or directive.
  • Level 1: (176 points) can complete simple forms, understand basic vocabulary, determine the meaning of sentences, and read continuous texts with a degree of fluency.
  • Level 2: (226 points) can integrate two or more pieces of information based on criteria, compare and contrast or reason about information and make low-level inferences
  • Level 3: (266 points) can understand and respond appropriately to dense or lengthy texts, including continuous, non-continuous, mixed, or multiple pages.
  • Level 4: (326 points) can perform multiple-step operations to integrate, interpret, or synthesise information from complex or lengthy continuous, non-continuous, mixed, or multiple-type texts that involve conditional and/or competing information.
  • Level 5: (376 points) can perform tasks that involve searching for and integrating information across multiple, dense texts; constructing syntheses of similar and contrasting ideas or points of view, or evaluating evidence and arguments.

For details of the numeracy and ICT tests see OECD 2013.

See also

Programme for International Student Assessment

References

  1. ^
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  3. ^ a b http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/all/
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ http://www.oecd.org/piaac/surveyofadultskills.htm
  6. ^ OECD 2013

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