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The OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies(PIAAC)
  • is the most comprehensive international survey of adult skills ever undertaken
  • is a collaboration between governments, an international consortium of organisations and the OECD.
  • took place across OECD and partner countries in 2011 with results published on 8th October 2013.
  • measures the skills and competencies needed for individuals to participate in society and for economies to prosper.
  • helps governments better understand how education and training systems can nurture these skills.
The survey was carried out in Ireland by the Central Statistics Office at the behest of the Department of Education and Skills between August 2011 and March 2012 by
  • interviewing approximately 6,000 adults aged 16-65 years in their homes.
  • assessing their literacy and numeracy skills and their ability to solve problems in technology-rich environments.
  • collecting a broad range of information from the adults taking the survey, including how their skills are used at work and in other contexts such as the home and the community.
PIAAC builds on previous international surveys of adult skills, allowing literacy levels to be compared over a 13-17 year period for some countries. PIAAC breaks new ground by
  • expanding the range of skills being measured.
  • introducing a self-reported measure of the use of skills at work.
  • using computers to administer an international assessment of this kind. 

PIAAC Survey results were released on 8th October 2013 

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