March 31, 2016

PIAAC report finding
: In digital problem solving, no participating country scored lower than the United States.

Read key findings from the newly released PIAAC report: Skills of U.S. Unemployed, Young, and Older Adults in Sharper Focus: Results From the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) 2012/2014. 
The report includes updated international comparisons as well as new results for three subgroups of interest in the United States: the unemployed, young adults, and older adults.
Key Findings for Adults Ages 16–65
  • In literacy, the U.S. average score was not measurably different from the international average, but in numeracy and digital problem solving, it was below the international average.
Other Key Findings
  • Unemployed adults (ages 16–65): Over 75 percent of U.S. unemployed adults have a high school diploma or less. About half of these adults performed at the lowest proficiency levels in numeracy.
  • Young adults (ages 16–34):  A larger percentage of U.S. young adults with a college degree or higher performed at the top proficiency levels in literacy than their international peers.
  • Older adults (ages 66–74): A larger percentage of U.S. older adults who reported fair health performed at the lowest levels in literacy than those who reported good, very good, or excellent health.
Check out the PIAAC Gateway for released documents, including:
PIAAC is designed to survey key skills in the adult working-age population and provide insight into how those skills are used at work and at home. For more information on PIAAC, visit the National Center for Education Statistics PIAAC website at and the PIAAC Gateway at
The U.S. PIAAC Gateway is your one-stop shop for all PIAAC-related information.
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PIAAC is funded by the National Center for Education Statistics of the U.S. Department of Education