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U.S. Prison Study Data Collection

Prison data

As part of the second round of PIAAC data collection in the United States in 2014 (known as the National Supplement), the U.S. PIAAC Prison Study was conducted from February 2014 through June 2014 to a sample of approximately 1,300 adult inmates (ages 18–74) detained in federal and state prisons in the United States. The direct assessments of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments administered to adult inmates were the same as those administered to the U.S. PIAAC household participants. However, the prison background questionnaire was adapted from the household version and tailored specifically to address the experiences and needs of this subgroup. For example, the prison background questionnaire included items related to activities in prison, such as participation in academic programs and ESL classes; experiences with prison jobs; and involvement in nonacademic programs, such as employment readiness classes.

Publications based on the U.S. prison data collection