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Title: Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) 2012 U.S. Restricted Use File (RUF)
Description: The PIAAC U.S. RUF contains individual unit record data including both responses to the background questionnaire and the cognitive assessment from the original U.S. PIAAC data collection completed in 2012. Statistical disclosure control treatments were applied due to confidentiality concerns. In addition to the variables in the PUF (NCES 2014-045REV), the RUF contains detailed versions of variables and additional data collected through U.S. specific questionnaire routing. The RUF can be accessed through a restricted use license agreement with the National Center for Education Statistics. For more details on the RUF, please refer to Appendix J of the U.S. PIAAC Technical Report (NCES 2014-047).

Important note to users:

These original 2012 data have been updated, reweighted, and revised with the release of the PIAAC 2012/2014 restricted-use dataset (NCES 2016-668). That dataset should be used for analyses instead of this original version unless you are seeking to reproduce historic analyses.

Revision Release: May 2015
Online Availability:
Cover Date: April 2014
Web Release: May 5, 2014
Print Release:
Publication #: NCES 2014046REV
Restricted Data Licenses
Center/Program: NCES
Type of Product: Data File
Survey/Program Areas: International Activities Program (IAP)
Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)
Questions: For questions about the content of this Data File, please contact:
Stephen Provasnik.