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NCES 2014047 Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) 2012: U.S. Main Study Technical Report
Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) 2012: U.S. Main Study Technical Report is a technical manual that describes how these data were collected and processed as well as how to use the data files to conduct statistical analyses. Information is presented on meeting PIAAC consortium requirements, sample design, listing of dwelling units, data collection, reducing the risk of data disclosure, the need for conducting a nonresponse bias analysis, weighting and variance estimation, and data preparation and processing. The appendices of the Technical Report include background questionnaire adaptations, data collection reports, interviewer training reports, outreach materials, interviewer debriefing report, basic analysis tables, extended analysis tables, weighted item response rates, technical notes, and data user guidance.

Important note to users:

These original 2012 data have been updated, reweighted, and revised with the release of the PIAAC 2012/2014: Main Study and National Supplement Technical Report (NCES-2016-036). That dataset should be used for analyses instead of this original version unless you are seeking to reproduce historic analyses.
5/5/2014
NCES 2014008 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
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.
10/18/2013
NCES 2006073 Findings from the Condition of Education 2006: U.S. Student and Adult Performance on International Assessments of Educational Achievement
This report contains a special analysis that is republished from the Condition of Education 2006 in a booklet form. This analysis presents key findings of recent international assessments that examine the performance of U.S. students in reading, mathematics, science, and the literacy of adults compared with the performance of their peers in other countries.
6/1/2006
NCES 2005117 Highlights From the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey (ALL) - (Revised)
This Issue Brief provides key findings from the 2003 international Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey (ALL), including overall literacy and numeracy performance of U.S. adults ages 16-65 compared to their peers in 5 other countries. Breakdowns of performance by sex and race/ethnicity are also provided.
5/19/2005
NCES 97919 International comparisons of adult literacy
An indicator reprinted from The Condition of Education, 1996
4/4/1997
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