OECD Skills Outlook 2013

First Results from the Survey of Adult Skills

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This first OECD Skills Outlook presents the initial results of the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), which evaluates the skills of adults in 22 OECD member countries and two partner countries. The PIAAC survey was designed to provide insights into the availability of some key skills and how they are used at work and at home through the direct assessment of key information processing skills: literacy, numeracy and problem-solving in technology-rich environments.  The book examines the social and economic context, the supply of  key information processing skills,  who has these skills at what level, the supply of and demand for these skills in the labour market,  the acquisition and maintenance of skills over a lifetime, and how proficiency in these skills translates into better economic and social outcomes.

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Proficiency in Key Information-Processing Skills among Working-Age Adults

This chapter gives an overview of the level and distribution of proficiency in key information-processing skills among the adult populations of countries participating in the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC). Results are presented separately for literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments. The presentation shows how adults are distributed across the different proficiency levels, the mean proficiency of adults, and the variations in proficiency across the population. To help readers interpret the findings, the results are linked to descriptions of what adults with particular scores can do.

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