Did You Know?
of U.S. young adults (ages 16-34) scored at or below the lowest of the three levels of proficiency — Level 1— on the PIAAC problem solving in technology-rich environments assessment. Read the First Look
report to learn more.
The ETS Opportunity Project
In 2013, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) launched “The Opportunity Project” with the goal of advancing a national conversation about the growing inequality of opportunity in America and what can be done to address it.
The project has two phases. The first phase—“Describe the Dynamics”—analyzed how opportunity is transmitted and distributed and the complex dynamics that are involved. As part of this phase, earlier this year ETS published a book and a policy report that discuss opportunity in America. The book, The Dynamics of Opportunity in America,
examines opportunity through several lenses, including education, economics, demography, and political science. The report, Choosing Our Future: A Story of Opportunity in America,
uses PIAAC data in its exploration of the forces and circumstances that govern access to opportunity.
ETS has now transitioned into the second phase—“Leverage Collective Experience”—which will bring together individuals and organizations working on effective interventions with the goal of leveraging their collective expertise in order to take action to reduce inequality in opportunity in America. To learn more and get involved, visit http://opportunityproject.ets.org/
U.S. PIAAC National Supplement Release Activities and Timeline
In the last Buzz, we announced the release of the updated National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) PIAAC First Look
report and the PIAAC Results Portal
. Both now include the household data from the U.S. PIAAC National Supplement for the increased sample of unemployed adults (ages 16–65), young adults (ages 16–34), and older adults (ages 66–74).
More products and tools will be available in the coming months, including
- the combined PIAAC 2012/2014 Household public-use and restricted-use data files (June 30, 2016)
- an updated PIAAC U.S. Technical Report, with Main Study and National Supplement information (June 30, 2016)
- PIAAC 2014 First Look Prison Study results (fall 2016)
- PIAAC 2014 Prison public-use and restricted-use files (fall 2016)
- an updated NCES International Data Explorer (IDE) that includes the combined PIAAC 2012/2014 Household data and Prison data (fall 2016)
- an updated PIAAC Results Portal with prison data (fall 2016)
- a report that focuses on how skill levels are associated with employment and education status among U.S. young adults (ages 16–34) (December 2016)
Stay tuned for updates and announcements.
U.S. PIAAC Round 3 Data Collection (National 5-year Update) in 2017
NCES has a strong commitment to continue to collect data about adult skills in America to inform policy on the state and national levels. In 2017, NCES will be collecting a third round of PIAAC data using the same procedures, instruments, and assessments as in the first and second rounds, conducted in 2012 and 2014, respectively. The data from the third round will be combined with the first- and second-rounds of data to provide small area estimates (e.g., counties or or congressional districts)
. Data from the 2017 data collection is planned to provide a second point in time of the nationally representative sample of U.S. adults that could be compared to the combined 2012/2014 estimate. The data will be collected between February and September of 2017; analysis and reporting will follow from October 2017 through April 2018; and the reports, updated data tools, and updated public-use and restricted-use data are scheduled to be available between fall 2018 and winter 2019. Stay tuned for more information.
- 109 XPrize teams are busy working on apps aimed at helping low-level learners develop literacy skills. The AIR-PIAAC team is working with XPrize to help provide PIAAC data that would be useful to teams as they develop their apps.
- The National Council for Adult Learning (NCAL) aims to improve adult education and workforce skills in the United States by fostering an environment that is more sensitive to employer workforce needs and helping to move low-skilled adults and incumbent workers toward readiness for college, self-sustaining employment, and fuller civic participation. Visit the NCAL website and check out NCAL’s latest newsletter. To receive the newsletter, send your name, affiliation, and e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Over 100 people attended a series of sessions related to PIAAC at the Commission on Adult Basic Education Conference (COABE) in Dallas, Texas, in April. For a list of PIAAC sessions and PowerPoint slides, visit the Gateway Calendar Archive and for conference materials, check out the Adult Educator Resource database.
- Speaking of COABE, check out its new series of fact sheets on the return on investing in adult basic skills.
PIAAC Around the World
Call for Papers – 3rd PIAAC International Conference, Madrid, Spain
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in collaboration with the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Government of the Community of Madrid, has announced a call for papers to be presented at the 3rd
PIAAC International Conference on November 6-8, 2016, in Madrid, Spain. Papers should promote the use of PIAAC data to help address relevant policy issues on topics such as the economy, education, employment, and social policy. Abstracts of proposed papers (2 pages maximum) are due by June 30
. See the OECD website
for more information.
PIAAC International Round 2
In 2014, nine countries (Chile, Greece, Indonesia, Israel, Lithuania, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovenia, and Turkey) participated in PIAAC for the first time. The OECD is planning to release data from this round at the end of June.
The OECD’s PIAAC Thematic Reports
The OECD has published two new PIAAC thematic reports, a brochure, and a blog by Andreas Schleicher. The reports are posted on the PIAAC Gateway
and the direct links are below:
Publication Opportunity for Researchers Utilizing PIAAC Data
Public Library of Science (PLOS) ONE Collection: Improving the Lives of Adults and Families: Identifying Individual and Systems-level Factors Relating Education, Health, Civic Engagement, and Economic Well-being
This PLOS Collection will use the PIAAC
data to explore the relationship between education and skills and public health for adults and their families, particularly those who are most at risk of poor educational, economic, and health outcomes. The Collection welcomes articles utilizing the OECD data and research that combines it with other extant datasets. The Collection was seeded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and Department of Education with the explicit intent to serve as a repository for evidence-based research on this topic.
The Collection already houses three papers:
All papers should be submitted to PLOS ONE. For more information about the process of submitting papers, visit the website here
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