|Title:||Adult Literacy in the United States|
Using the data from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), this Data Point summarizes the number of U.S. adults with low levels of English literacy and describes how they differ by nativity status and race/ethnicity.
PIAAC is a large-scale international study of working-age adults (ages 16–65) that assesses adult skills in three domains (literacy, numeracy, and digital problem solving) and collects information on adults' education, work experience, and other background characteristics. In the United States, when the study was conducted in 2011–12 and 2013–14, respondents were first asked questions about their background, with an option to be interviewed in English or Spanish, followed by a skills assessment in English. Because the skills assessment was conducted only in English, all U.S. PIAAC literacy results are for English literacy.
This Data Point focuses on the following two questions:
|Cover Date:||July 2019|
|Web Release:||July 2, 2019|
|Publication #:||NCES 2019179
|Authors:||Saida Mamedova and Emily Pawlowski|
|Type of Product:||Data Point|
International Activities Program (IAP)
Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)
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