Dec
4
to Dec 6

Using the PIAAC Databases for Interdisciplinary Research

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES), in collaboration with the Educational Testing Service (ETS), is sponsoring a series of training workshops for individual researchers and research teams to explore and use data and assessment tools from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC).

These workshops are designed for those who want to go beyond computing basic statistics with the PIAAC databases. During the workshops we will train participants to conduct simple and complex analysis with the PIAAC data. We will also help participants familiarize themselves with the statistical and data complexities of PIAAC.

The general day-to-day schedule of the workshops will include both presentations and hands-on practical assignments using released PIAAC databases.

Participation in these workshops will be limited to 30 registrants. Participants will be accepted upon a favorable review of their online application.

Accommodation and sustenance costs to participate in these workshops will be funded by a grant from IES. For details on the funding available for these workshops, please refer to the funding page.

Participants in these workshops are expected to submit a research paper to be presented at an IES/ETS sponsored conference that will take place in Washington, D.C. on December 2018. Partial funding to participate in this conference will also be available to qualifying participants.

Visit the webpage for more information:

http://www.cvent.com/events/piaac-database-training-ies-ets-/event-summary-b5970008d2274b0ab55efa55a8328271.aspx

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Nov
21
to Nov 23

4th PIAAC International Conference

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in collaboration with the Institute for Adult Learning (IAL) is hosting the 4th PIAAC International Conference in Singapore. The conference provides a critical platform for international delegates to debate and share insights on highly relevant topics we are encountering in a rapidly evolving global economic environment, including how well-equipped labour forces are to embrace the rapid change, and the role of adult learning in the upgrading and re-skilling of workers.

For more information, visit: https://www.ial.edu.sg/access-research/piaac-conference.html

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Nov
13
to Nov 15

National College Transitions Network (NCTN) 2017 Effective Transitions in Adult Education Conference

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The National College Transitions Network (NCTN) will host its 11th annual conference focused on Effective Transitions in Adult Education.

The conference is meant for adult education, workforce development, and postsecondary educators, advisors and administrators to some together with their peers to:

  • Share strategies for partnership and collaboration to enhance programming

  • Recharge and renew with innovative practices 

  • Take away new ideas, new friends, and contacts

AIR PIAAC will be presenting at the conference on how PIAAC data can help stakeholders at all levels help unemployed adults transition to postsecondary education and the workforce.

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Nov
6
to Nov 11

American Evaluation Association (AEA) "Evaluation" Conference 2017

Taking place on November 6-11 in Washington, D.C., Evaluation 2017 brings together evaluators, evaluation scholars, students, and evaluation users from around the world are invited to assemble, share, and learn from the successes of the international discipline and practice of evaluation.

On November 10th at 6:30pm, Research Allies for Lifelong Learning will be delivering a presentation called, "Employing Two Large Scale National Databases, PIAAC and Powerpath, in Evaluating Adults with Low Skills and Disabilities". The presentation will offer an approach to evaluating characteristics, backgrounds, and experiences of working age adults with learning disabilities (LD), and provide a demonstration focusing on using IEA's IBD Analyzer and SPSS to acknowledge PIAAC's complex sample design then compare PowerPath data to expand the findings.

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Oct
31
to Nov 3

American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) Conference

The 2017 AAACE Conference, "Adult Education: One Chorus of Many Different Voices", conference is an opportunity to listen network, attend presentations, workshops, and sessions aimed at Adult Educators.

On November 1st, Research Allies for Lifelong Learning will be giving two PIAAC-related presentations titled "Adults with Low Skills and Learning Disabilities: Findings from PIAAC 2012/2014 and PowerPath" and "The Forgotten 90%: Adult Non-Participation in PIAAC-USA 2012/2014" focused on adults with low skills and learning disabilities.

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Oct
25
to Oct 26

2017 Virtual COABE Conference

COABE's 2017 Virtual Conference will take place on October 25 & 26, 2017. We plan to have 16-20 sessions offered by our strand partners, over the course of two days, as well as a virtual exhibit hall, just like last year.  

State associations and state directors can purchase registration for their entire state, for just $500. Individuals may register at $25 per day or $50 for both days.

For more information, to submit proposals, and to register, please visit https://www.coabe.org/2017-virtual-conference/. 

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Oct
2
to Oct 4

Using the PIAAC Databases for Interdisciplinary Research

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES), in collaboration with the Educational Testing Service (ETS), is sponsoring a series of training workshops for individual researchers and research teams to explore and use data and assessment tools from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC).

These workshops are designed for those who want to go beyond computing basic statistics with the PIAAC databases. During the workshops we will train participants to conduct simple and complex analysis with the PIAAC data. We will also help participants familiarize themselves with the statistical and data complexities of PIAAC.

The general day-to-day schedule of the workshops will include both presentations and hands-on practical assignments using released PIAAC databases.

Participation in these workshops will be limited to 30 registrants. Participants will be accepted upon a favorable review of their online application.

Accommodation and sustenance costs to participate in these workshops will be funded by a grant from IES. For details on the funding available for these workshops, please refer to the funding page.

Participants in these workshops are expected to submit a research paper to be presented at an IES/ETS sponsored conference that will take place in Washington, D.C. on December 2018. Partial funding to participate in this conference will also be available to qualifying participants.

Visit the webpage for more information:

http://www.cvent.com/events/piaac-database-training-ies-ets-/event-summary-b5970008d2274b0ab55efa55a8328271.aspx

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Aug
30
to Sep 1

Using the PIAAC Databases for Interdisciplinary Research

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES), in collaboration with the Educational Testing Service (ETS), is sponsoring a series of three 3-day and one 1-day training workshops for individual researchers and research teams to explore and use data and assessment tools from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC).

These workshops are designed for those who want to go beyond computing basic statistics with the PIAAC databases. During the workshops we will train participants to conduct simple and complex analysis with the PIAAC data. We will also help participants familiarize themselves with the statistical and data complexities of PIAAC.

The general day-to-day schedule of the workshops will include both presentations and hands-on practical assignments using released PIAAC databases.

Participation in these workshops will be limited to 30 registrants. Participants will be accepted upon a favorable review of their online application.

Accommodation and sustenance costs to participate in these workshops will be funded by a grant from IES. For details on the funding available for these workshops, please refer to the funding page.

Participants in these workshops are expected to submit a research paper to be presented at an IES/ETS sponsored conference that will take place in Washington, D.C. on December 2018. Partial funding to participate in this conference will also be available to qualifying participants.

Visit the webpage for more information:

http://www.cvent.com/events/piaac-database-training-ies-ets-/event-summary-b5970008d2274b0ab55efa55a8328271.aspx

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Jul
24
2:00 PM14:00

International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress

The AIR team will present and chair in a symposium at the IAGG conference.

What PIAAC Tells Us about Education and Training, Competencies among Older Adults, and Labor Market

Paper presentation: Skills of U.S. Older Adults: Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)
Presenters: Jaleh Soroui (AIR), and Phyllis Cummins

Paper presentation: Associations between Employment Status and Competencies among Older Workers in the United States
Presenters: Takashi Yamashita and Phyllis Cummins (Miami University)

Paper presentation: Educational Programs for Older Adults: Outcome Analysis and Country Comparisons Using PIAAC Data
Presenters: Phyllis Cummins and Suzanne Kunkel (Miami University)

Discussant: Bob Harootyan (Senior Service America, Inc.)
Chair: Jaleh Soroui (AIR)
Co-Chair: Phyllis Cummins (Miami University) 

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May
4
10:00 AM10:00

OECD Webinar - Skills Outlook 2017: Skills and Global Value Chains

Join us on Thursday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. EDT for a presentation of the latest OECD Skills Outlook.

The forces of globalization have fundamentally changed the world in which live. For economies and workers, dramatic technological advances and changing markets have created both challenges and opportunities.  This year's edition takes a hard look at the skill levels and mixes a country's workforce will need to succeed in an increasingly competitive and globalized world.

Click HERE to register for the online presentation now.

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Apr
29
2:45 PM14:45

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference

The AIR-PIAAC team will host a symposium titled "What PIAAC Says about Adult Skills, Employment, Education, and the Workforce" at the 2017 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX.  The following papers will be presented as part of the symposium:

Paper presentation: The Forgotten 90 Percent: Adult Non-Participation in Education
Presenter: Margaret Patterson (Research Allies for Lifelong Learning)

Paper presentation: Literacy Skill Gain and Loss in Canada and the U.S.: An Analysis with Policy Implications
Presenter: Scott Murray (DataAngel)

Paper presentation: Employment and Educational Activities across Life-Phases
Presenter: Emily Pawlowski (AIR)

Paper presentation: Exploring the U.S. PIAAC Prison Study: Skills, Work Experience, Education, and Training in Prison
Presenter: Katie Landeros (AIR)

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Apr
5
to Apr 6

The International Conference on PIAAC and PIAAC - Longitudinal

AIR-PIAAC Director Jaleh Soroui will present at the International Conference on PIAAC and PIAAC-Longitudinal in Mannheim, Germany from April 5 - 6, 2017. Conference topics include:

  • competence measures and general mental ability
  • improving adult learning: further education
  • mismatch in the labor market
  • skills, skills use and labor market
  • vocational and academic education
  • adult reading skills
  • digital problem-solving
  • aging and skills
  • non-cognitive skills and literacy
  • the skills of immigrants
  • literacy and health

See the conference flyer for more information. If you have questions, please send an e-mail to piaac2017@gesis.org

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Apr
2
to Apr 5

Commission on Adult and Basic Education (COABE)

Attending COABE 2017 in Orlando? Look for PIAAC-related sessions. Check out our flyer or see list below:

Session: Latest Results of the Study on the Literacy and Numeracy Skills of U.S. Incarcerated Adults: A PIAAC Study
This session will provide an overview of the PIAAC Prison Study conducted in 2013-14. The Prison Study was an administration of PIAAC on a nationally representative sample of 1,300 U.S. incarcerated adults ages 16-74 in federal and state prisons. 

Presenters: Katie Landeros, Derek Holliday (AIR)
Monday, April 3rd 9:30am-10:45am, Room: Coronado T

Session: Adults with Low Skills and Learning Disabilities Facing Tomorrow's Dreams: Findings from PIAAC 2012/2014 and PowerPath
This session looks at the characteristics, backgrounds, and experiences of working-age adults with learning disabilities (LD). This information will be useful to adult educators and others working with adults with LD. Findings also include their PIAAC assessed skill levels, PowerPath screened attention challenges, and VSS screening results. The session focuses on insights from the data and solutions to challenges adults with LD face.

Presenter: Margaret Patterson (Research Allies for Lifelong Learning)
Monday, April 3rd 3:15pm-4:30pm, Room: Coronado S

Session: Adult Learners on the Job: What a New Analysis of PIAAC Data Tells Us about Service-Sector Workers with Limited Basic Skills
Presenters will share a fresh analysis of PIAAC data on the characteristics of adults in service-sector jobs who have limited reading, math, or digital problem solving skills. You'll get detailed information about how many of these workers are pursuing adult education, and what kind of literacy- and numeracy-related tasks they are called upon to do at work. Finally, you'll be able to participate in a group discussion about how these research findings can inform your own work in adult education.

Presenters: Amanda Bergson-Shilcock (National Skills Coalition), Bitnara Jasmine Park, Katie Landeros, Emily Pawlowski (AIR)
Tuesday, April 4th 9:45am-11:00am, Room: Coronado S

Session: Who is not Digitally Literate in the United States?
Data from PIAAC is used to examine the socio-demographic profile of U.S. adults who are not digitally literate. These adults are on average less educated, older, slightly more male than female, non-White, foreign-born¸ and work in lower-skilled jobs compared to the digitally literate. These results may be useful in policies targeting adults with low levels of digital literacy skills.

Presenter: Emily Pawlowski, Derek Holliday (AIR)
Tuesday, April 4th 11:15am-12:30pm, Room: Coronado T

Session: Missing out on Tomorrow's Dreams: Findings from PIAAC 2012/2014 on Adult Non-Participation
This session will share characteristics, assessed skill levels, and other findings on adult non-participants in education. Session participants will have the opportunity to discuss important implications for recruiting and serving non-participants.

Presenter: Margaret Patterson (Research Allies for Lifelong Learning)
Tuesday, April 4th 2:00pm-3:15pm, Room: Coronado S

Session: Examining Gender Differences in the Mathematical Literacy of 15-Year-Olds and the Numeracy Skills of the Age Cohort as Adults
This presentation examines and compares the mathematics performance of fifteen-year-olds in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the numeracy performance of the relevant age cohort of adults in PIAAC. Factors that may contribute to changes in gender differences over time, such as field of study and skill use at work, will be examined. 

Presenter: Emily Pawlowski (AIR)
Tuesday, April 4th 2:00pm-3:15pm, Room: Coronado T

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Mar
25
to Mar 28

National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) Forum 2017

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The Forum is the premier event where workforce development professionals and leaders in business, government, labor, and education gather to gain insights into the current state of our nation's workforce system and consider the goals and policy framework affecting the future of human capital development.

PIAAC will be hosting a quickshop on the skills of unemployed adults based on newly released PIAAC data.

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Mar
16
2:00 PM14:00

Service Workers with Limited Foundational Skills: What New Data Tells Us & How Employers and Policymakers Can Respond (Webinar)

Nearly 20 million American workers in retail, hospitality, and healthcare have limited literacy, numeracy, or technology-related skills. Get a detailed look at new findings from the National Skill Coalition's Foundational Skills in the Service Sector report, which draws on data from the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) to shed light on working adults ages 16-64 who have limited basic skills. Learn how some employers are investing in skill-building opportunities for these workers, and find out how you can advocate for effective state and federal policies to support adult education and upskilling. 

Presenter: Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Director of Upskilling Policy

Register HERE

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Feb
22
11:00 AM11:00

PIAAC Prison Study: RISE Webinar

 

Webinar: PIAAC Prison Study: An Overview of the Skills of U.S. Incarcerated Adults


February 22, 2017

11am - 12pm EST

 

Register Here

On February 22nd, the American Institutes for Research will host a presentation and discussion on a recently released report using data from the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) titled Highlights from the U.S. PIAAC Survey of Incarcerated Adults: Their Skills, Work Experience, Education, and Training (PDF). This report provided information on skills and competencies of the incarcerated adults, comparing to that of adults in U.S. households. The report also reported on the extent of inmates’ participation in formal education, empowerment classes (such as parenting or personal finance management), and job training programs.

Compared to the household population, the incarcerated population is disproportionately male, Black, and Hispanic, relatively younger, and has lower levels of educational attainment. About 30 percent of U.S. incarcerated adults performed at low levels of literacy (below Level 2) and about half of them at low levels of numeracy (below Level 2), compared to about 20 percent and 30 percent of adults in U.S. households, respectively. A large majority of incarcerated adults (94 percent) have either a high school degree or below. About 20 percent of incarcerated adults are currently studying for a formal degree, with 70 percent expressing desire to do so to advance their education.

Links to more information about the report are available at the PIAAC Gateway.

 

Panelists

Presenter: Stephen Provasnik, U.S. Technical Advisor for PIAAC, National Center for Education Statistics

Discussant: Lois M. Davis, Senior Policy Researcher and Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School, RAND Corporation

Moderator: John P. Linton, Director (retired) of the Office of Correctional Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education

About the RISE Webinar Series

The Research on International Studies in Education (RISE) Webinar Series showcases research using data from international studies and promotes sharing and discussion about how data-based evidence can be used for improving educational outcomes. The RISE Webinar Series is organized by AIR. To receive emails about RISE and invitations to upcoming webinars, please email RISE@air.org.

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Nov
15
11:30 AM11:30

Highlights from the U.S. PIAAC Survey of Incarcerated Adults

On November 15, 2016, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), of the U.S. Department of Education will be releasing the report Highlights from the U.S. PIAAC Survey of Incarcerated Adults: Their Skills, Work Experience, Education, and Training. The study of U.S. incarcerated adults is a nationally representative survey of the skills of incarcerated adults in state, federal, and private prisons. This study is part of the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), which surveyed adults in households in the U.S. and 33 other countries in 2012 and 2014.

 The release event will highlight information on the basic skills of incarcerated adults, how their skills compare with those of the U.S. household population, as well as the relationships between skills, education, job training and nonacademic experiences in prison, such as work assignments. Please view the full agenda.

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Commission for Adult Basic Education (COABE) Virtual Conference
Oct
25
to Oct 26

Commission for Adult Basic Education (COABE) Virtual Conference

Please join us for the upcoming Fall Virtual Conference on October 25th and 26th.  It's only $25 per day to attend and mini grants are available to defray attendance costs. CEU's will be available as well.  Click HERE for details and to register.

AIR and Stephen Provasnik from NCES will be presenting new data from PIAAC 2012/2014 at this online event, focusing on literacy performance of U.S. adults ages 16-74.

For more information, visit:

http://www.coabe.org/virtual-conference-registration/

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Aug
1
3:30 PM15:30

71st Correctional Education Association Conference

AIR's presentation will focus on the PIAAC Prison Study in which 1,300 U.S. incarcerated adults ages 16-74 in federal and state prisons participated in the PIAAC literacy, numeracy, and digital problem-solving assessments as well as took a background questionnaire that collected information on education/training and job opportunities provided in prisons.

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