Title:  Literacy, Numeracy, and Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments Among U.S. Adults: Results from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies 2012
Description: This report presents results of the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). Results are reported for a representative sample of adults in the United States age 16 to 65 and are compared to an international average of adults in countries/regions that participated in the PIAAC 2012 assessment. The report presents average score results for three separate scales: literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments and percentages of adults performing at different proficiency levels for each scale. Literacy and numeracy results are reported at Below Level 1, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4/5; problem solving in technology-rich environments is reported at Below Level 1, Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. The report includes results for groups of adults as defined by various demographic characteristics (e.g., gender, age, race/ethnicity, and level of educational attainment) and level of skill use in and outside of work. Overall results in literacy and numeracy are compared to results from previous international assessments.

This report has been updated with PIAAC 2012/2014 data. Please click here to view the latest report.
Online Availability:
Cover Date: October 2013
Web Release: October 18, 2013
Publication #: NCES 2014008
Center/Program: NCES
Authors: Madeline Goodman (ETS), Robert Finnegan (ETS), Leyla Mohadjer (Westat), Tom Krenzke (Westat), Jacquie Hogan (Westat)
Type of Product: First Look / ED TAB
Survey/Program Areas: Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)
Keywords:
Achievement
Adult literacy
International comparisons
Literacy
Questions: For questions about the content of this First Look / ED TAB, please contact:
Stephen Provasnik.