Question of the Month:

Is there special software to use to analyze PIAAC data?

A: You can use SAS, Stata, SPSS programs, or an online tool to analyze PIAAC data. The OECD, in collaboration with international partners, has developed SAS and Stata macros to incorporate PIAAC complex sampling and assessment designs.  SPSS macros were developed by the Data Processing and Research Center of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA-DPC) and are in a form of a free add on software called the IDB Analyzer that generates SPSS syntax for analysis. To do basic analysis, you can use the International Data Explorer (IDE), a user-friendly, online tool. The NCES IDE can be found here and the OECD IDE can be found here.  An explanation of the differences between the NCES IDE and OECD IDE can be found on the NCES IDE homepage. For more information on PIAAC data and to access the IDB Analyzer or SAS and Stata macros, go here.
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International Log Files 

The International Log Files are now available. These files contain information about the interactions of individuals with the computer testing application throughout the assessment. Full documentation of the contents and a customized data tool are also available. Check them out!

Upcoming Data Training

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES), in collaboration with the Educational Testing Service (ETS), will be holding one final 3-day workshop for researchers interested in working with data from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). This workshop will be held in Houston, TX on December 4 – 6, 2017. Apply today!

Calls for Papers

Do you know about an opportunity for research using PIAAC data? E-mail