AIR staff member Emily Pawlowski will present a paper on "Employment and Educational Activities across Life-Phases" at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) 2017 conference.
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
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.
Attending COABE 2017 in Orlando? Look for PIAAC-related sessions:
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: Alignment of the CASAS, 2014 GED, and PIAAC: Looking at More than Test Scores
This study consists of an examination of the specifications for the CASAS, GED; and PIAAC, augmented by results from cognitive interviewing about the tests of a small group of adult learners enrolled in an adult charter school in Washington, DC. These adults will reflect on their experiences as learners and tests takers and to express their opinions. What they have to say about these common tests will provide a measure of the face and construct validity from the adult learners’ perspective.
Presenter: Terry Salinger (AIR)
Tuesday, April 4th 11:15am-12:30pm, Room: Coronado S
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
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 email@example.com
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
Presenters: Katie Landeros (AIR)
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)
Webinar: PIAAC Prison Study: An Overview of the Skills of U.S. Incarcerated Adults
February 22, 2017
11am - 12pm EST
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.
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.
AIR will give a presentation called "Closer Look at Cognitive Skills of Older Adults in the U.S. According to the Survey of Adult Skills" at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Gerontological Society of America.
AIR will present about the PIAAC Prison Study at the American Society of Criminology.
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.
The AIR PIAAC team will present a roundtable discussion during the CAEL conference. For more information: http://www.cael.org/events/cael-international-conference
AIR will present at the 3rd PIAAC International Conference in Madrid, Spain, organised by the OECD in collaboration with the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Government of the Community of Madrid.
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:
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.
Multidisciplinary research teams are invited to apply to attend the 3-day training event. PIAAC, the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, was conducted by the OECD in 24 countries. It assesses adults’ proficiency in four information-processing skills: literacy, numeracy, problem solving in technology-rich environments, and reading components. PIAAC data provide researchers with unprecedented opportunities to examine questions that may have a significant impact on policy and practices in multiple fields.
During the training event, experts will provide hands-on training in the use of PIAAC to conduct research in education, sociology, public health, economics, and criminal justice/corrections education. The goal of the events is to build the capacity of the U.S. research community to use the PIAAC data set for research within and across disciplines. The training grant has an overarching priority to make the data available and support researchers from diverse races/ethnicities and backgrounds.
Applicants should be familiar with commonly used statistical methods and either SPSS, Stata or SAS statistical software. Participants must bring their own laptop equipped with statistical software to the training events. Completion of advanced preparatory activities will be required to make these face-to-face events effective. Follow-up online activities will provide ongoing support for participating researchers. Researchers will be encouraged to report on their PIAAC-related research at a culminating conference in June 2018 in Portland, Oregon.
Visit the PIAAC Training Events website for further information, to download the application. Direct any questions about the PIAAC Training Events to firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-725-8720.
Heidi Silver Pacuilla (U.S. Department of Education) and Emily Pawlowski (American Institutes for Research) will be leading a roundtable session called "How the PIAAC Survey of Adult Skills Can Inform Research and Evaluation".
Dr. Margaret Patterson will be presenting a session called "Adult Non-Participation in Education: Detouring from the Pathway".
In the era of WIOA legislation, the need for adults to be prepared for family-sustaining careers is acute. Yet millions of Americans have stopped their educational experiences, detouring from potential career pathways without completing high school or further education. PIAAC-USA data provide numerous explanations for the detour. This session will share characteristics, assessed skill levels, and other findings on adult non-participants in education. Session participants will have opportunities to discuss important implications for recruiting non-participants.
For more information, visit www.maaccemd.org/conference-2/2016-conference/
At COABE 2016, a PIAAC strand which included an overview of PIAAC, several sessions featuring research papers and projects based on the PIAAC data, and a full session on the cross-cutting implications of the research papers’ results for policy, programs, and future research, was presented. Click here to learn more about the conference check out the presentations that were part of the PIAAC strand.
Why Adult Education Matters: New PIAAC Data About the Skills of Adults 16-74 in the United States
Presenters: Jaleh Soroui and Katie Landeros, AIR
An introduction to key features of PIAAC with an emphasis on recently release results from the National Supplement, an administration of PIAAC to oversampled groups including unemployed, young adults (16-34), and older adults (66-74), and the Prison Study, which focused on a sample of incarcerated adults.
Exploring How Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments Can Be Used to Design Responsive Programming
Presenters: Jill Castek and Amy Honisett, Portland State University and Multnomah County Library
This session explored a project that assesses community members’ digital skills using Education and Skills Online (ESO) – a valid and reliable assessment tool based on PIAAC that addresses Literacy, Numeracy, and Problem Solving in Technology Rich Environments (PS-TRE). The project will use these data to determine how the abilities of patrons map to the common library tasks that libraries assume patrons are able to access and use in a meaningful way.
Literacy, Numeracy, and Health among Immigrants and U.S.-Born Adults: Evidence from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)
Presenters: Esther Prins (Associate Professor, Adult Education Program) Pennsylvania State University
This presentation used PIAAC data to discuss how health status is related to literacy and numeracy among immigrants and U.S.-born adults, including Hispanic versus Asian immigrants. The presentation highlighted findings, practical implications, and participant discussion.
Adult Non-Participation in Education: Detouring from the Pathway
Presenter: Margaret Patterson, PhD; Senior Researcher, Research Allies for Lifelong Learning
In the era of new WIOA legislation, the need for adults to be prepared for family-sustaining careers is acute. Yet millions of Americans have stopped their educational experiences, detouring from potential career pathways without completing high school or further education. PIAAC-USA data provide numerous explanations for the detour. This session shared characteristics, assessed skill levels, and other findings on adult non-participants in education. Session participants had the opportunity to discuss important implications for recruiting non-participants.
PIAAC’s Implications for Policy and Practice
Presenter: Katie Landeros, Margaret Patterson, Jill Castek, and Heidi Silver-Pacuilla
The PIAAC strand concluded with a session dedicated to discussing the issues raised during the previous sessions, implications of these findings for policy and practice, and next steps for future research.
There are many PIAAC symposiums and papers being presented at the 2016 AERA Conference in Washington DC, as well as an Adult Literacy and Adult Education (ALAE) SIG Business Meeting. Read below for more information on each event and presentation.
There will be a PIAAC symposium on "The Impact of Skills on Life Chances and Social Mobility for Adults Around the World" on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 4:05pm-6:05pm. This session examines various aspects of skills formation, skills inequality and the association between skills and labour market and other social outcomes. For this purpose Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) offers the potential of generating novel insights. Papers in this session take advantage of PIAAC and examine from a cross-country perspective 1) the evolution of skills inequality and its impact on social mobility; 2) the impact of education policy in enhancing the role of schools in contributing to skill formation; 3) the interplay between skills and migration and lastly 4) how to rank countries in terms of educational poverty given the diversity of distributions of levels of skills competencies across countries. For more information on this session, please click here.
There will be a PIAAC symposium on "What PIAAC Says About the Effects of Social Background on Adult Skills and Social Mobility" on Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 8:15am-9:45am. This session will focus on the impact of social background on the skill level of adults, looking at factors such as parental education level and immigration status. All papers will use data from the 2012 Main Study of the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) and the final paper will also include new data from the 2014 PIAAC National Supplement. This first paper will present descriptive statistics examining the relationships between skills of young adults from immigrant and native families and their individual and family characteristics across five study countries. The second paper includes regressions examining if the advantages of having highly educated parents are associated with educational attainment and literacy/numeracy level in adulthood. The third paper will introduce data from the newly released 2014 PIAAC National Supplement, focusing on the skills of young adults, unemployed adults, older adults, and incarcerated adults. For more detailed information on this session, please click here.
There will be a PIAAC symposium on "Technology Tools for Real-World Skill Assessments in Schools" on Monday, April 11, 2016 from 4:05pm-5:35pm. Changes in the world economy, specifically toward information industries, have changed the skillset demand of many jobs (Organization for Economic Development [OECD], 2012a). Major employers and policy makers are increasingly asking teachers and educators to help students develop so-called real-world skills (Gallup, 2013). These skills that facilitate mastery and application of science, mathematics, language arts, and other school subjects will grow in importance over the coming decade (National Research Council, 2012; OECD, 2012a, 2012b). Because of the importance of promoting these skills, we have embarked on a journey to create a Handbook of Research on Technology Tools for Real-World Skill Development. In this symposium the Handbook will be introduced, and four sample chapters will be presented and discussed. For more information on this session, please click here.
There will be a PIAAC paper presented on "Overeducation, Skills, and Wage Penalty With Focus on Heterogeneous Labor". This paper is part of the "Education, Wages, and the Labor Market" Roundtable Session 7 on Friday, April 8, 2016 from 2:15pm-3:45pm. For more information on this Roundtable Session 7, please click here.
There will be a PIAAC paper presented on "Adult Readiness to Learn: An International Study of Individual and Contextual Predictors". This paper will be presented during the paper session on "Adult Transitions in an Era of College and Career Readiness", which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 10:35am-12:05pm. For more information on this paper session, please click here.
There will be a PIAAC paper presented on "Associations Between Adults' Education Skills and Political Efficacy: An Analysis of the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies U.S. Data Set". This paper will be presented during the paper session on "Dimensions of Adult Literacy and College Reading Comprehension", which is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 4:05pm-5:35pm. For more information on this paper session, please click here.
There will be an "Adult Literacy and Adult Education (ALAE)" SIG Business Meeting on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 6:15pm-7:45pm. The ALAE SIG invites all SIG members and their guests to join us for an informative business meeting and two informal presentations related to adult education research. Their agenda includes an invited presentation on Office of Career and Technical Education's research efforts and an update on the Center for the Study of Adult Literacy. Dr. Johan Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), U.S. Department of Education, will give an update on OCTAE activities and research in regard to adult and workforce literacy preparation, including PIAAC research opportunities. Dr. Daphne Greenberg, Principal Investigator, Center for the Study of Adult Literacy, and Distinguished University Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders, Georgia State University, will give an update on the work of the Center for the Study of Adult Literacy.
For more information on the conference, please visit http://www.aera.net/EventsMeetings/AnnualMeeting/tabid/10208/Default.aspx.
Researchers are invited to attend a free 1-day PIAAC Research Training event. This seminar is funded by the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) and organized by Portland State University, the American Institute for Research (AIR), and Educational Testing Service (ETS).Visit PIAAC Research Training Events for more information.
PIAAC data provide education researchers with unprecedented opportunities to examine critical questions that may have a significant impact on education policy and practices. The goal of the events is to build the capacity of the U.S. research community to use the PIAAC data set for basic, policy, and applied research. This unique event will provide valuable opportunities to explore the PIAAC data set, learn data analysis techniques, ask questions, make connections, and learn from experts in the education field.
Designed for individual researchers, this 1-day training will focus on the use of PIAAC data to examine critical questions in educational research. The training offers foundational knowledge that will help you launch your own PIAAC research. Follow-up online activities will provide ongoing support throughout the research process. Following several PIAAC training events, a culminating conference will be held where researchers will share their work and make connections with a network of other PIAAC researchers. This event will be held in June 2018 in Portland, OR.
The project team has an overarching priority to support researchers from diverse races/ethnicities and backgrounds. Training events are open to researchers at all stages of their career; applications from doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows are strongly encouraged.
Applicants should be familiar with commonly used statistical methods and either SPSS, Stata or SAS statistical software. Participants must bring their own laptop equipped with statistical software to the training event. Completion of advanced preparatory activities will be required to make these face-to-face events most effective.
Visit PIAAC Research Training Events for application procedures. Applications for the April 7th training event are due on March 1, 2016 with acceptances sent out on March 5, 2016. For questions or more information contact Dr. Jill Castek at email@example.com or 503-725-8720.
Event Website: https://sites.google.com/site/piaactraining/home
The PIAAC team will present on "Using the Education & Skills Online to Fulfill WIOA Requirements" at the 2016 NAWB conference. The Education and Skills Online (ESO) is a new computer-based assessment tool designed to measure adult basic skills. ESO results are linked to the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) measures of literacy, numeracy and digital problem-solving, and therefore individuals’ scores can be compared against national and international results. This session will provide an overview of ESO components, PIAAC national and regional results, and a demonstration of ESO and how it can help programs under WIOA requirements.
For more information on the conference, please check out http://www.nawb.org/nawb/forum/.
Dan Sherman and John Meakin of the American Institutes for Research will be presenting on "Education and the Formation of Skills - Do Parents Matter? An International Analysis using PIAAC Data".
The proposed paper will use data from the recent the Programme of International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) to education to three key components of adult skills - literacy, numeracy, and ability to solve problems in a technology rich environment. PIAAC collected data on these skills from samples of 5,000 or more individuals aged 16 to 65 in 23 countries (primarily OECD countries, including the US and Canada) in 2012-13. In addition to collecting data on skills through an assessment instrument, PIAAC included a rich background questionnaire that collected data on individuals' own educational attainment, along with that of both the their male and females parent or guardians. A strength of PIAAC is that the it used a common set of questions on educational attainment across participating countries that can be readily mapped to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) levels to facilitate comparisons across countries.
This paper will address to two separate questions: 1) To what extent is own educational attainment associated with differences in each of the three skills as measured on common PIAAC scale (0-500 points) by country, given the age and gender of individuals? 2) To what is parental education (mother's, father's, or higher of the two parents) associated with differences in skills, given one's own educational? Are there persistence effects associated with higher levels of parental education that could be associated with improved home education for example?
For more information on the conference, please visit http://cies2016.org/.
Alka Arora and Emily Pawlowski at AIR will be presenting on "Examining the gender gap in mathematical skills over time from 15-year-olds to young adults in the U.S., Italy, and Australia".
This paper will examine the relationship of the mathematics proficiency of fifteen-year-olds to the proficiency of their age cohort as adults in various countries. The mathematical literacy performance of fifteen-year-olds in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the numeracy performance of the relevant age cohort that participated in the 2012 Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), which assessed adults aged 16 to 65, will be compared. After looking at how similar or different the performance of countries is on these two mathematics assessments, and looking at performance by gender, this study then focuses on factors that may contribute to changes in gender differences over time in these countries, focusing on patterns in the U.S., Italy, and Australia.
For more information on the conference, please visit http://cies2016.org/.
A presentation and discussion on the growing inequality of opportunity in the United States and the impact this has on both skills acquisition and outcomes for both current and future generations. Using data from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), the presentation will explore the paradox for U.S. millennials (born after 1980, ages 16-34): while they may be on track to be our most educated generation ever, they consistently score below many of their international peers in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments. Equally troubling is that these findings represent a decrease in literacy and numeracy skills when compared to results from previous years of U.S. adult surveys.
Moderator: Jaleh Soroui, AIR
Panelists: Madeline J. Goodman, Research Application Manager at Educational Testing Service; and Anita M. Sands, Research Project Manager at Educational Testing Service
Discussant: Scott Murray, DataAngel
For more information, please visit: http://www.air.org/resource/rise-webinar-series
Katie Landeros and Kyo Sin Kang (AIR) will be presenting on "What PIAAC says about factors that contribute to skill acquisition and skill decline". According to PIAAC, participation rates in adult education and training are higher in the U.S. than in most countries, yet low-skilled adults are less likely to participate than those with high skills. This presentation will focus on who participates in formal and non-formal education and who pays (within and across industries), skill use at home and at work, and skill development and decline among different subgroups.
For more information on the conference, please visit http://www.cael.org/events/cael-international-conference.
Katie Landeros (AIR) will be presenting on "Literacy, Political Efficacy, Race, and Civic Engagement: Results from the PIAAC Study". This session will focus on the literacy performance of low-skilled adults in the U.S. by various characteristics such as gender, age, race/ethnicity, and nativity. The PIAAC data contain information on how literacy proficiency is related to many social and economic contexts such as trust in others, political efficacy, education, income, social mobility, and civic engagement. In addition, a demonstration of Education and Skills Online (E&SO), an online assessment tool will be provided. E&SO is an individual assessment tool for adults of any age who want to measure their basic and workforce-readiness skills and compare their results to the PIAAC study results. For more information the conference, please click here.
On Tuesday November 10, Sondra Stein (AIR) will be presenting at two workshops: 1) "What PIAAC says about adult skills and adult learning" and 2) "How skills make a difference in health-related issues: Results from PIAAC".
The first workshop from 10:15am-11:45am will address the question "What can we learn from the similarities and differences between adults who continue their education and those who do not that will enable us to help more low-skilled adults successfully transition to postsecondary education?
The second workshop from 4:15-5:45pm will examine performance on PIAAC literacy, numeracy, and digital problem solving assessments in relation to individuals’ health behaviors and outcomes, including self-reported health status, sources of information about health issues, and preventive health practices.
For more information on the conference, please click here.
Frank Fernandez and Mark R. Umbricht will be presenting on their paper "The Credential Inflation Argument: Context for U.S. Higher Education Policy in the 21st Century" at the Association for the Study of Higher Education conference. For more information on the conference, please click here.
Kyo Sin Kang (AIR) will present on PIAAC, an assessment of adults’ cognitive and everyday skills, and will equip the audience with the data they need to promote their adult English learner programs. A demonstration of an online assessment tool that could be used to assess individual skills will also be provided.
For more information on the conference, please visit http://minnetesol.org/blog/index.php/fall-conference-2015/.
A PIAAC panel will be presenting on "Examining how socio-demographic factors impact the relationship of literacy, numeracy, and digital problem solving with health: Results from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)". Each presenter will share the results of their research based on PIAAC data to explore the relationship between literacy and health behaviors and outcomes using the cognitive measures and the various health-related information in the Background Questionnaire.
Emily Pawlowski will provide an overview of PIAAC and what it measures and describe some key health-related findings from the survey, including looking at the relationships between cognitive skills, health status, sources of health information, and participation in preventative health practices.
Esther Prins will examine whether literacy, numeracy, and technological problem-solving skills are associated with U.S. adults’ self-reported health, after controlling for respondent background characteristics, and will describe how these relationships vary by race/ethnicity and level of educational attainment. Additionally, the relationship between self-reported health and skills in literacy and numeracy for immigrants compared to U.S.-born respondents and for Hispanic versus Asian immigrants will be examined.
Iris Feinberg will look at the complex and interactive relationship between health, literacy, and health-information seeking. This presenter will examine what sources (print media, internet, radio/TV, family/friends/co-workers, and health professionals) adults with low level skills in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving use when seeking health information. This presenter will also explore whether gender, age, race, educational attainment, health status, use of preventive measures and facilities in English predict different health information sources for adults with low skills. The interrelationships among health information seeking behavior, learning disability, vision problems, and reading proficiency for U.S. adults both with and without a high school diploma will also be described.
Jane Seymour and Ian Bennett will look at the relationship between literacy and total parity - the number of children born to each woman - by examining how much literacy can explain and how much it changes the effects of age and socio-demographic factors on total parity across the countries participating in PIAAC. Total parity is an important health-related factor because previous research indicates that having fewer births is associated with individual and population health, as well as a nations’ economic wellbeing. These presenters will also take a more detailed look at this relationship between literacy and parity in the U.S., looking at the role of literacy in the relationship between parity and factors including race/ethnicity, how women obtain health information, learning disability status, and medical insurance status.
For information on the conference, please check out http://www.bumc.bu.edu/healthliteracyconference/.
Sondra Stein (AIR) will be presenting on "Using PIAAC data and tools to build better programs".
Attendees will see how data from PIAAC’s assessment and background questionnaire can help recruit strong partners for career pathways. They will also learn about a new online tool that can be used for assessment of participants at every step on a career pathway and provide data for program evaluation too.
For more information on the event, please visit http://www.ncpn.info/2015-ncpn-conf.php.
GESIS offers a PIAAC Workshop Week, on October 26th – October 30th, 2015, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
The Workshop Week is a joint workshop with instructors from DPC, Hamburg, and WZB, Berlin, and consists of two consecutive workshops. These will teach junior researchers, interested in PIAAC, to analyze the PIAAC data in a competent way. Additionally, the workshops will provide an overview of existing and new data analysis tools and methods. A key aspect will be multilevel analyses with PIAAC. Participants will also have the chance to present their research projects. During and after the workshops participants will have the chance to discuss specific analytic problems with the instructors and their fellow participants.
The workshops address Master and PhD students as well as Postdocs, who are interested in working with the PIAAC data and want to expand their methodological knowledge regarding international large-scale assessments and multilevel analyses. Both workshops will be held in English. Participation and travel costs will be covered for participants from Germany.
You can apply to the Workshop Week with a short CV and an abstract (max. 1 page) about your research interest and ideas until July 31st, 2015.
For more information, please visit gesis.org/workshops.
A PIAAC strand will be present at the ProLiteracy U.S. Conference on Adult Literacy.
October 15, 2015 from 2:00pm-3:30pm
Session 1: Why Family Literacy Matters: A Closer Look at What PIAAC Tells us About the Relationship Between Adults' Literacy Skills and Their Parents' Education Level (Presenters: Sondra Stein and Katie Landeros, AIR)
This session provides the data programs need to make the case for investing in family literacy. Results from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)’s 2012 Adult Skills Survey, known as the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), provide solid evidence for why it is critical to raise adults’ literacy skills so that their children can succeed in school and in the workforce. This session will provide an introduction to PIAAC results, focusing on U.S. adults’ literacy skills. We will look closely at which adults in the U.S. are low skilled, and how their skill levels affect a range of factors, including employment, income, health and civic participation. We will also explore the many ways in which the literacy levels and life chances of adults in the U.S. are shaped by parents’ education level. Finally, we will take a closer look at the PIAAC literacy framework to see if our own instruction is building adult competence.
October 16, 2015 from 10:30am-12:00pm
Session 2: Why Numeracy Matters: A Closer Look at What PIAAC Tells us About Adult Workforce Success (Presenters: Sondra Stein and Katie Landeros, AIR)
Adults in the U.S. – especially young adults – have dismally low skills in numeracy and we know numeracy is critical to success in the workforce. This is one of the findings of the 2012 Survey of Adult Skills, known as the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). This session will provide an introduction to PIAAC results, focusing on how adults in the U.S. performed on this international numeracy skills assessment, how those results compare with their peers in other countries, and the demographic characteristics of adults in the U.S. with low numeracy skills. We will take a closer look at which industries have the highest concentrations of low-skilled workers to help identify likely employers to partner with in building career pathways and workplace education programs. Finally, we will look at the PIAAC numeracy framework in order to see if we are building the numeracy skills adults need to succeed in the workforce.
October 16, 2015 from 2:00pm-3:30pm
Session 3: Why Digital Problem Solving Matters: A Closer Look at how Education and Skills Online can be used to Inform Educational Outreach Efforts (Presenter: Jill Castek, Portland State University)
Presenters will introduce a library-based, learner-centered project focused on a crucial need – developing programming to ensure that all citizens are equipped for today’s digital information age. The project used PIAAC's Education and Skills Online (ESO) — a valid and reliable assessment suite used in PIAAC that addresses literacy, numeracy, and Problem Solving in Technology Rich Environments (PS-TRE) — to examine adult library patrons’ skills and needs in the area of digital problem solving. Participants will learn what is included in PIAAC’s PS-TRE domain, how adults in the U.S. performed in this domain, and ways administration of PS-TRE was integrated into library outreach settings. ESO will be available online for use in local programs and research projects starting in August 2015. Presenters will engage the audience in interactive discussions focused on how the ESO tool can be useful to researchers and educators who work with a range of adult learners across multiple contexts.
For more information on the conference, please visit http://www.proliteracy.org/uscal/uscal-2015.
Kyo Sin Kang and Emily Pawlowski (AIR) will be showcasing PIAAC Online Tools at the Marketplace of Ideas for Innovative Practice being held during the 2015 National Meeting for Adult Education State Directors.
Kyo Sin Kang and Emily Pawlowski (AIR) will be presenting “Who are the U.S. Low-Skilled Workforce: Key findings from the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)".
PIAAC is a large-scale assessment of adults’ cognitive and workplace skills. This presentation is focused on describing PIAAC results on low-skilled adults and exploring relationships between the foundation skills and several socio-economic priorities, including skills required for successful participation in the 21st-century global workforce. A demonstration of an online assessment tool aligned with PIAAC that could be used to assess individual skills will also be provided.
For more information on the conference, please visit http://www.literacyactionnetwork.org/summer-institute.